Examples of possible benefits could include:
■ Improved efficiency and utilisation of operating theatre lists
■ Less waiting for a medical anaesthetic opinion in pre-admission clinics.
■ Faster resolution of problems in patients’ post-operative pain.
■ More immediate response by senior medical staff for attendance to ‘outreach’ patients.
■ Less waiting for out-of-theatre procedures such as vascular access and sedation for minor procedures.
■ Two to one working can release more senior anaesthetic staff for service provision or other duties.
■ Development of new services, e.g. regional anaesthesia, sedation and vascular access.
■ Greater opportunities to provide tuition to anaesthetic trainees while maintaining patient safety.
■ Reduction in the service component of trainee anaesthetists’ workload.