Safety and Clinical Quality

Through the work of the Professional Affairs & Safety Committee (PAS) and the Board, the Faculty is involved with a number of clinical quality initiatives, some available through our standards work available here.


For updates on COVID-19, please see the joint COVID-19 website here

Please click here to see our COVID Safety Bulletins (ViRUS).


Safety Alerts

02/04/20: National Patient Safety Alert - Blood control safety cannula and needle thoracostomy for tension pneumothorax

A National Patient Safety Alert (NatPSA), ‘Blood control safety cannula and needle thoracostomy for tension pneumothorax’, has been issued by the NHS England and NHS Improvement national patient safety team. 

The alert can be accessed via the following link


31/03/20: Use of high flow Oxygen therapy devices (including wall CPAP and high flow face mask or nasal oxygen) during the Coronavirus epidemic

A Central Alerting System (CAS) alert has just gone out about the oxygen supply / flow / pressure issues which may arise from using multiple high flow devices at the same time.


Invited Reviews

Invited Reviews are confidential reviews undertaken by Colleges and Faculties as a service offered to Trusts/Boards who feel they would benefit from a professional and independent opinion.

The Faculty follows the process and legal agreements of the Royal College of Anaesthetists on this area and more information is available on their webpage here.


Advisory Appointment Committees (AACs)

AACs are the name for the recruitment interviews for consultants in the UK.  As currently the majority of ICM consultant appointments are combined with anaesthetic sessions, the Royal College of Anaesthetists kindly administers all ICM requests for representation on AACs. 

Please visit the AAC page on the RCoA website here for further information, including guidance for RAs and assessors, and contacts.

Click here for Guidance on the approval of Job descriptions

Click here for a suggested criteria for Person Specifications