Trainees | Association of Anaesthetists


Supporting anaesthetists in training

We recognise both the rewarding and the more challenging elements this career stage as an anaesthetist can bring, and are here to support you every step of the way.

Statement on recruitment from the Trainee Committee

The committee recognises the huge impact the sudden amendments to the recruitment process have had on our trainee members. This is yet another difficult change, coming at an uncertain time.

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Trainees, join us today from just £12/€11.90 a year

Our Trainee members are very important to us. To support and inspire them at this critical time in their career, we have developed a membership package that includes trainee handbooks, invaluable support networks, events, education and discounts. All to help make life a little bit easier as an anaesthetist in training. Read on for more information on the benefits that Trainee members receive.

Free trainee handbooks and guides

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 types 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.

Free patient transfer insurance

The Association has negotiated an exceptional deal to cover all our trainee members 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.


Anaesthesia News Trainee Special Collection

A collection of articles from four Anaesthesia News Trainee Issues, covering themes such as Trainee Pay, Trainee wellbeing, peer support, Consultant interviews and the ‘A day in the life of…’ series.

Read the special collection

Trainee Committee support

The Trainee Committee supports and represents the interests of trainee anaesthetist members. The committee discusses trainee views at the Association board of directors and other committees and meetings. The Trainee Committee campaigns on important matters such as recruitment and pay. The Association’s advocacy work within hospitals has led to growing political support for the Association's wellbeing campaigns on fatigue, bullying and mental health.

You can contact the Trainee Committee on [email protected]. You can also follow the Trainee Committee on Twitter @Anaes_Trainees


Trainee Conference

The Trainee Conference is a must for all anaesthetic trainees, foundation year doctors, first year consultants and medical students. Association members are entitled to great discounted ticket prices. 

The Trainee Conference offers the chance to showcase your knowledge by entering abstracts. As well as helping to raise your profile professionally, all accepted abstracts will be published in a special online edition of the journal Anaesthesia. There’s also a special prize awarded for an essay on the History of Anaesthesia and an award to recognise the great wellbeing work of trainees. 

Around 300 attend the Trainee conference each year, offering a fantastic opportunity to network with colleagues, present your work as an oral presentation or poster and attend exciting and relevant workshops. 

Free mentoring support

Members have access to a network of trained mentors across the UK. Mentoring is particularly useful at times of change, like settling into a new role. It provides an informal and confidential environment where opportunities, dilemmas and problems can be addressed and discussed.

The Association mentoring scheme is voluntary for both mentors and mentees and all services are free of charge to members. Potential mentees can book a session (Skype or Facetime) with one of our trained mentors.

Find out more about the Association’s mentoring scheme.


Great ways to save money

Discounts on all Association events

Enjoy the full range of our educational events at a reduced rate, including talks on management and leadership and how to apply for a consultant role.

TOTUM Professionals (new member benefit)

TOTUM Professionals is a new member benefit for trainees and medical students. As a discount card and app TOTUM gives you access to exclusive deals on food and fashion, tech and travel and everything in between. TOTUM memberships provide access to hundreds of offers online and in-store, as well as exclusive vouchers and giveaways. As a new benefit, Trainee members can sign up to TOTUM Professionals by logging into their member area of the Association website

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.

Find out more about #Knockitout

Download our #Knockitout graphics

Looking after you wellbeing

Wherever you are in your career as an anaesthetist, from medical student to consultant, we've got advice and information to help you along the way.

The Association's Trainee Committee launched the #CoffeeandaGas initiative as a way to promote improved workplace wellbeing. These events provide an opportunity for colleagues to take some time out of a busy working day and come together for a chat over a brew to share their concerns.

If there is an induction week at your hospital, why not plan a Coffee and a Gas session for getting to know new colleagues?

Coffee and a Gas logo

International work

The Association is passionate about promoting safe anaesthesia, critical care and associated specialties in low-resource environments. We offer a number of opportunities to run courses in lower resource countries and to develop your skills as an anaesthetist.  

Find out more about our funding and grants for individuals, projects, and for volunteering

Trainee Network Links (TNL)

The TNL initiative helps to maintain direct contact between trainee members at regional level and the Trainee Committee. This ensures all issues, ideas and opportunities are communicated across the UK.

We now have a TNL in all regions in the UK and Ireland. For more information visit our TNL page

Trainees, join us today from just £12/€11.90 a year

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