Anaesthesia Associates are highly trained and skilled healthcare professionals who are qualified to administer anaesthesia under the supervision of a medically qualified anaesthetist. The role is relatively new to the UK, but is common practice in Scandinavia, northern Europe and the United States. The Anaesthesia Associate will be a health professional or a university graduate who has undergone a further twenty-seven month programme of postgraduate training, which leads to a Postgraduate Diploma in Anaesthetic Practice. Although highly trained and skilled practitioners Anaesthesia Associates are not doctors, they work with Anaesthetists who are specialist doctors. The full curriculum for AA training can be found at here.
How will the Anaesthesia Associate be involved in your care?
AAs are involved in several ways.