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Trainee membership

To qualify for trainee membership you must be a trainee 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 junior doctor or trainee anaesthetist who is working abroad for a limited period of time, i.e. up to one year, you can apply for our trainee membership.

If you are a trainee anaesthetist/postgraduate 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 trainee members

Our trainee members are very important to us. We recognise both the rewarding and the more challenging elements this career stage can bring so we’ve developed trainee handbooks, support networks, events, and education. All to help make life a little bit easier. They include:

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.

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.

Trainee Committee 

The Trainee Committee supports and represents the interests of our trainee anaesthetist members. The committee discusses trainee views at the Association board of directors and other committees and meetings. 

You can contact the Trainee Committee on

Discounted registration at 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.

On joining, trainees will receive a voucher which will enable them to attend their first Association educational event free of charge. After that, Trainee members are entitled to heavily discounted registration prices.

Annual Trainee conference

The Trainee conference is a must for all anaesthetic trainees, first year consultants and medical students. Association members are entitled to 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. 

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. 

Online learning resources

Learn@ is the online learning platform for Association members. You’ll find a wealth of educational, learning and CPD resources, can learn in your own time, and  record your completed CPD for appraisals and revalidation. 

Learn@ is available as an app and all videos are downloadable to watch offline. Find out more about Learn@.

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

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.

There has been a fantastic initial response, with many of you taking the time to catch up with colleagues and sharing your photos using #CoffeeandaGas on social media. Now we’re encouraging more departments to take part by planning regular Coffee and a Gas sessions and inviting their wider teams along

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


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.

We also run a campaign called #FightFatigue, which aims to change the culture of fatigue in the healthcare profession. We need to work together. Find out more about our #FightFatigue campaign and resources and support available to you. 

Find out more about mentoring, learn about taking care of your physical and mental health and get vital career support.


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 Leads (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

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