Departments of Anaesthesia that have chosen to employ Anaesthesia Associates as part of a team approach to service provision have been able to demonstrate benefits from an early stage.
These have included:
a reduction in theatre downtime between cases requiring complex anaesthesia, leading to increased throughput on lists
a reduction in theatre downtime on dynamic lists such as trauma surgery or where same day admissions are employed
an increase in the number of supervised lists for trainee doctors
a reduction in locum payments or cancelled lists when 2:1 supervision is employed
where AAs have received further training in local anaesthetic and other techniques, medical manpower has been released for other tasks
extended roles currently include sub-tenon blocks, regional anaesthesia (nerve blocks), spinal anaesthesia, sedation, intravenous regional anaesthesia and pre-operative exercise testing.
There are multiple resources and examples throughout the website to help employers and potential employers realise the full benefits the role can being to their patients.
There is no published evidence that the provision of anaesthesia using a team approach reduces the safety or efficacy of patient care.
For further information or evidence of the potential benefits of the anaesthesia team approach, refer to the DoH toolkit document.
Or contact the Association
Please note documents and videos may refer to Physicians’ Assistant (Anaesthesia), the previous title of the profession. The information contained within them applies to Anaesthesia Associates.
The following organisations employ AAs as part of their teams:
Monklands General Hospital
Lincoln County Hospital
Royal Preston Hospital
Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast
Blackpool Victoria Hospital
Lancashire Teaching Hosp NHS FT
Victoria Hospital Fife
NHS Forth Valley
Hairmyres Hospital Lanarkshire
Royal Liverpool Hospital
University Hospital Birmingham
University College London Hospital
Golden Jubilee Hospital Clydebank
Edinburgh Royal Infirmary
Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow
Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
Aintree University Hospital
North Bristol NHS Trust
UHB NHS FT
Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
Gateshead NHS Trust
Stoke Mandeville Hospital
Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS FT
West Wales General Hospital
Buckingham Hosp NHS Trust
Manor Hosp West Midlands
Buckingham Hosp NHS Trust – UCLH
Bristol Royal Infirmary
Hull & East Yorkshire NHS FT
Special Ambulance Transfer Service
Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby
Scunthorpe General Hospital
Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
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