1932-35 - Henry W Featherstone OBE MD LLDHon FFARCS
1935-38 - Joseph Blomfield OBE MD FRCS FFARCS
1938-41 - Zebulon Mennell FFARCS
1941-44 - Ashley Daly FRCS FFARCS
1944-47 - Archibald D Marston CBE MD FRCS FFARCS
1947-50 - John Gillies CVO MC FRCSEd FFARCS
1950-53 - W Alexander Low MC FFARCS
1953-56 - Sir Geoffrey Organe MD FRCS FFARCS FFARACSHon FFARCSIHon
1956-59 - T Cecil Gray CBE KCSG OStJ MD FRCP FRCS FFARCSHon
1959-62 - Ronald Jarman DSC FRCS FFARCS
1962-65 - Vernon F Hall CVO FRCA FFARCSHon
1965-67 - Herbert H Pinkerton FRCP (Glasg) FFARCS
1967-69 - R Patrick W Shackleton CBE DM FFARCS
1969-71 - A John W Beard MD FRCA
1971-73 - J Alfred Lee FFARCS FFARCSIHon MMSA
1973-76 - Philip J Helliwell FRCA
1976-78 - Cyril F Scurr CBE LVO FRCS FRCA FFARCSIHon
1978-80 - Stanley A Mason FRCA AKC
1980-82 - W Derek Wylie FRCP FRCS FRCA FANZCAHon
1982-84 - Michael D Vickers FRCA FANZCAHon
1984-86 - Thomas B. Boulton OBE TD FRCA FDSRCS
1986-88 - Michael Rosen CBE FRCS FRCOG FRCA FFARCSIHon
1988-90 - Maurice M Burrows FRCA
1990-92 - Peter J F Baskett FRCA MRCP
1992-94 - William R MacRae FRCSEd, FRCA, FFARCSI
1994-96 - S Morrell Lyons OBE MD FRCA FFARCSI
1996-98 - W Leslie M Baird FRCA FRCP (Glasg)
1998-00 - Maldwyn Morgan MB BS DA FRCA
2000-02 - Professor Leo Strunin FRCA FRCPC
2002-04 - Dr Peter G M Wallace FRCA FRCP (Glasg)
2004-06 - Professor Mike Harmer MD FRCA FCARCSI (Hon)
2006-08 - Dr David K Whitaker FRCA FFPMRCA FFICM Hon FCARCSI
2008-10 - Dr Richard J S Birks MB CHB FRCA Hon FCARCSI
2010-12 - Dr Iain H Wilson MB CHB FFARCS
2012-14 - Dr William Harrop-Griffiths
2014-Current - Dr Andrew Hartle
Honorary Membership was instituted in 1932 at the time that the Association was founded. The award is accompanied by a citation and a certificate. The award is usually made at or about the time of retirement from clinical practice.
The Sir Ivan Magill Gold Medal "for innovation" was instituted in 1988 to commemorate the centenary of the birth of the pioneer anaesthetist Sir Ivan Magill. It is awarded for uniquely outstanding innovative contributions to the specialty of anaesthesia.
The John Snow Silver Medal was instituted in 1946. The first three awards were to anaesthetists who had distinguished themselves and received awards for gallantry in World War II (2 OBEs and an MC). One of these was also the Founder President and a second a distinguished academic anaesthetist.
The Pask Award was instituted in 1977 after the Moorgate Underground disaster. The award was instituted to enable Council to honour those who have rendered distinguished service, either with gallantry in the performance of their clinical duties, in a single meritorious act or consistently and faithfully over a long period.
The Evelyn Baker medal was instituted in 1998 for outstanding clinical competence, recognising the ‘unsung heroes’ of clinical anaesthesia and related practice. The defining characteristics of clinical competence are deemed to be technical proficiency, consistently reliable clinical judgement and wisdom, and skill in communicating with patients, their relatives and colleagues. The ability to train and enthuse junior colleagues is seen as an integral part of communication skill, extending beyond formal teaching or academic presentation.
The Featherstone Award was instituted in 2001 in memory of Dr Henry Featherstone, founder of the AAGBI and is made to practicing anaesthetists in acknowledgement of their substantial contribution to the practice of anaesthesia.
The award was instituted to enable Council to honour those who have rendered significant services to the heritage of anaesthesia in general or to the museum and archives of the AAGBI in particular.
The Anniversary Medal was instituted in 2007 as part of the celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the AAGBI. The first person to be awarded the Anniversary Medal was Dr Kate Bullen, an SAS anaesthetist.
The Editors' Award was instituted in 2008 to enable the Council of the AAGBI to honour those who have rendered significant editorial services to the AAGBI and its publications.
This medal was instituted in 2007 to enable the Council of the AAGBI to honour those who have served on Council as Vice President.
The award was instituted to enable the Council of the Association to honour those who have served on the Association Council either as an elected or a co-opted member.
The award was instituted to enable Council to honour those members of the medical trade who have made significant contributions to anaesthesia or to the Association.
WSM LONDON is one of the AAGBI’s largest annual events. Held in London each year, WSM is the leading anaesthetic meeting in the UK with an attendance of around 800 national and international delegates. The scientific programme is led by high-profile speakers and focuses on current issues in anaesthesia. There is an extensive trade exhibition with around 40 leading companies in anaesthetics attending. WSM is aimed at all levels of anaesthetists from trainees to consultants and is a European CPD accredited meeting.
The Group of Anaesthetists in Training (GAT) Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) is the leading trainee scientific meeting in the UK aimed at all levels of trainee anaesthetists from ST1 to ST7. GAT has an attendance of around 400 delegates each year and gives trainees a great opportunity to network with their colleagues, present their work as an oral presentation or poster and attend hands-on workshops.
Annual Congress is the flagship event of the AAGBI and is held in various locations around the UK and Ireland. Annual Congress is one of the leading anaesthetic meetings in the UK with an attendance of around 800-1000 national and international delegates. It features informative sessions, high-profile speakers and an extensive trade exhibition with over 40 leading anaesthetics companies attending. Annual Congress is aimed all levels of anaesthetists from trainees to consultants and is a European CPD accredited meeting.
AAGBI offers educational seminars featuring leading experts in the fields of anaesthesia, critical care and pain medicine who present the latest information on a variety of key anaesthesia topics. Seminars are designed to focus on a specific field of interest within anaesthesia and help to build on specialist interests.
Core Topics are one- or two-day conferences organised by AAGBI at different locations around UK and Ireland allowing delegates the chance to update their knowledge in a cost effective and convenient way.
Learn@AAGBI is an area of the website where members can find educational, learning and CPD resources. They can learn in their own time and keep a record of there completed CPD for use in appraisals and revalidation.
The Anaesthesia Heritage Centre contains the Association’s archives, the Anaesthesia Museum and a rare book collection and is open to everyone.
The centre consists of a museum with a collection of over 4,500 objects dating back to 1774, the Association's own archives, which date back to 1932, and a reference library. The museum is a member of The London Museums of Health & Medicine.
The Wylie Medal is awarded to the most meritorious essay on the topic related to anaesthesia, the topic for the essay question changes year on year. The award is open to undergraduate medical student at a university in Great Britain or Ireland. Prizes of £500, £250 and £150 are awarded to the best three submissions. The overall winners are given the Wylie Medal in memory of Dr W Derek Wylie, President of the AAGBI 1980-82.
The AAGBI invites applications for the SAS Audit Prize and the SAS Research Prize. These are exclusively for SAS doctors to encourage them to undertake audit and research. Entries will be judged by the Research & Grants Committee of the AAGBI. All SAS doctors who are members of the AAGBI are eligible to apply for the prize.
The main aims of AAGBI Innovation are to promote innovation in anaesthesia and intensive care, to help individuals in their 'journey' from the concept to the finished product, to facilitate introduction to the medical equipment manufacturers or relevant organisation, to facilitate testing of new equipment or idea and to facilitate marketing of a new product or an idea. It involves holding workshops/clinics and seminars on the subject, having regular features in Anaesthesia News and the best innovations featured in Anaesthesia and having plenary or satellite sessions during Annual Congress and WSM London.
GAT (Group of Anaesthetists in Training) represents the interests of trainee anaesthetists across the UK and Ireland. GAT members account for around one third of the total membership of the AAGBI. GAT is run by the elected GAT Committee, and has members sitting on the Board of Directors of the AAGBI and representation on many other committees including the Intensive Care Society Trainee Committee and the BMA Junior Doctors Committee.
Staff grade, associate specialist and specialty doctors (SAS) are important members of any department, especially in Anaesthesia, and make an enormous contribution to service work. Doctors enter the SAS grade for many different reasons. Some enter from different training systems as the SAS route provides a means for secure employment; some have child care or family responsibilities and others do not wish to take on the role of consultant with the attendant responsibilities and duties. The AAGBI has grants and prizes designed especially for SAS doctors such as the SAS Audit, Research Prize and the SAS travel grant.
The AAGBI has more than 10,500 members, the majority of whom are consultants.
The AAGBI publish guidelines on many topics relating to Anaesthesia. Titles include; Best Practice in the Management of Epidural Analgesia in the Hospital Setting, Organising a Year Abroad, Good Anaesthetist - Standards of Practice for Career Grade Anaesthetists and many others.
Anaesthesia is the official journal of the AAGBI and is international in scope and comprehensive in coverage. It publishes original, peer-reviewed articles on all aspects of general and regional anaesthesia, intensive care and pain therapy, including research on equipment. Although primarily a clinical journal, it welcomes submissions of basic science papers if the authors can demonstrate their clinical relevance.
Anaesthesia News is the official newsletter of the AAGBI. Regular features include reports from the Officers and President, a GAT page for trainees, a history page, a specialist society page, letters to the Editor and an Editorial.
Anaesthesia Cases is an on-line, editorially-reviewed, journal of case reports in anaesthesia, pain medicine and intensive care. It is provided by the AAGBI as a resource to its members and other registered users. It is linked to the journal Anaesthesia.
The International Relations Committee (IRC) of the AAGBI Foundation considers applications for funding for projects usually, but not exclusively, in lower resourced countries
The Overseas Anaesthesia Fund (OAF) was launched by the AAGBI in 2006 to enable individuals and organisations to donate directly to AAGBI programmes that support training and promote safer anaesthesia in developing countries. OAF is involved with a variety of projects to support anaesthetists in low- and middle-income countries.