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Consultant membership

To qualify for consultant membership you must be a fully qualified consultant anaesthetist based in the UK or Ireland, with a current GMC or IMC registration. You must also be in good standing with the GMC and/or IMC.

If you are a UK or Irish registered consultant anaesthetist who is working abroad for a limited period of time, i.e. up to one year, you can apply  for ordinary membership.

If you are a consultant with permanent residence outside the UK and Ireland, and you don’t have a GMC or IMC registration, you should apply for our international membership

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Supporting our consultant members

We support our consultant members in all aspects of their working lives. 

Some of our most popular consultant member resources include Anaesthesia journal and our series of safety and practice guidelines, on topics including ethics and law, resuscitation and trauma, and clinical anaesthesia. 

We also offer a range of events and educational programmes, including our flagship conferences, the Winter Scientific Meeting, and Annual Congress. These are all excellent ways to network with other consultant colleagues, keep abreast of the latest thinking, and update your CPD. 

Being the voice

We campaign on behalf of trainees with anti-workplace-bullying campaigns like #knockitout; which aims to create a positive workplace culture that is free from bullying, harassment and undermining behaviours.

Anaesthesia Journal 

Anaesthesia is the official monthly journal of the Association and available to all members. It publishes original, peer-reviewed articles on all aspects of general and regional anaesthesia, intensive care and pain therapy, including research on equipment.

Anaesthesia is aimed at consultant and trainee practitioners involved in all branches of anaesthesia, intensive care medicine (including specialists from other disciplines) and pain therapy and also non-medical staff working in those areas. 

Find out more about the Anaesthesia Journal.

Anaesthesia Reports

Anaesthesia Reports is an independent peer-reviewed online journal that publishes case reports, educational articles, and multimedia, covering any aspect of clinical care from peri-operative medicine, critical care and pain medicine.

Association members can log on to the Anaesthesia Reports site using their membership information.

Keep up-to-date with Anaesthesia News

Anaesthesia News is the official magazine of the Association. Regular features include reports from the officers and president, a page for trainees, a history page, a specialist society page, letters to the editor and an editorial. There’s a healthy dose of humour in each edition and we strongly encourage members of all grades to contribute. Free to all our members, Anaesthesia News is available online

Stay connected with our Independent Practice Town Hall events

The Association has an Independent Practice lead who supports our consultant members who are engaged in independent anaesthetic practice. We hold regular interactive Independent Practice Town Hall webinars to allow open discussion.

We work closely with the Federation of Independent Practitioner Organisations (FIPO) and the Private Practice Committee of the BMA to ensure we’re at the forefront of any developments in the private practice arena.

We also meet regularly with representatives of Private Medical Insurers (PMIs) and private hospitals as well as attending meetings with other bodies related to independent practice.

Get guidance from the IPC Handbook

Our newly updated IPC handbook is a useful resource for our consultant members, especially those new or looking to start practising privately. 

Within the handbook you'll find full advice and guidance for consultants involved in private practice. 

Insurance cover for emergency patient care

The Association has negotiated an exceptional deal to cover all our consultants who escort patients in ambulances, or attend call outs. 

The scope is very wide and includes helicopters and aircraft, and the return journey. Even accidents while driving personal cars are covered, for example, to the scene of a major accident. Find out more about our member’s insurance.

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Find out the full range of membership benefits.

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