GPAS Author

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GPAS Author Job Description


Role Overview

Authors for the Guidelines for the Provision of Anaesthesia Services for the Perioperative Care of Elective and Urgent Patients.

The College is always looking for ways to continually improve its guidance. In line with the College strategy on perioperative medicine and the establishment of the Centre for Perioperative Care (CPOC), the GPAS Editorial Board has begun work on a new GPAS chapter for the perioperative care of elective and urgent care patients.

Surgery and other interventional procedures are important treatment options for a wide range of acute and chronic diseases, with around 10 million patients undergoing surgical procedures annually. Collaborative and efficient care throughout the patient pathway is the route to effective and sustainable patient care. This guideline will consider the anaesthetic service requirements throughout the patient journey and will reduce duplication between aspects of the service that are common to pre, intra and postoperative care.

There is currently an opportunity to get involved with the development of this chapter as part of the author group. The authors will be involved in conducting the literature review, drafting the recommendations and responding to consultation feedback, supported by a multidisciplinary chapter development group. More information on the author role can be found in the job description.

The authors of the chapter will need to represent the variation of hospitals across the UK and as such we are looking to recruit authors from across the regions based in teaching hospitals, district general hospitals and those with particular expertise in perioperative medicine.


This is a new GPAS chapter that will replace the current preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative chapters. This development reflects a key strategy area for the RCoA and this chapter will provide the standards that will underpin the increasing future development of anaesthetic services in this area.

The authors of the chapter will work in collaboration with the GPAS Editor and team, members of the chapter development group (CDG) and the researcher. 

Applicants will have experience working in the area of anaesthesia that the chapter covers. They will have experience of working with multi professional committees or working groups. Strong interpersonal skills and excellent verbal and written skills are required, along with an ability to communicate complex issues to differing audiences.

Applicants will ideally have an understanding of guideline development processes, systematic reviews, critical appraisal methods and working in committees.

The authors of the chapter will need to represent the variation of hospitals across the UK and as such we are looking to recruit two authors based in teaching hospitals, two authors from a district general hospital and two authors with particular expertise in perioperative medicine.

Once appointed, the authors will be responsible for drafting the recommendations based on the results of the systematic literature review (conducted by the researcher). They will also be responsible reviewing and grading the evidence to present to the CDG and revising the draft recommendations based on feedback from consultations.  


The authors will be supported by the GPAS team who will be responsible for the overall project management, preparation of the scoping document and search strategy (with the researcher), organising CDG meetings and coordinating the logistics of consultations.


  • Complete a ‘Declaration of Interests’ form
  • Advise the GPAS coordinator of any organisations that may be interested in taking part in the public consultation
  • Work with the GPAS Editor and team, the researcher and the CDG  as required at and between meetings

Literature Search & Review

  • Discuss clinical questions and key terms with the researcher to develop a search strategy
  • Review the literature and evidence provided by the researcher after an initial search and sift
  • Independently grade the selected literature
  • Work with the researcher and co-authors to review and contribute to the scoping document

Chapter Development Group

  • Work with the GPAS Editorial Board, Editor and team to identify potential members for the CDG
  • Participate in the discussion and decision making at CDG meetings
  • Make appropriate changes to the recommendations as requested by the CDG or provide reasoning for rejecting a proposed change

Recommendations Development

  • Draft the majority of the chapter text and recommendations
  • Accept or reject any proposed changes following peer review, Editorial Board, CQRB, Lay Committee and public consultation
  • Provide reasoning for rejecting a proposed change from consultation
  • Sign off final version of the chapter before sign off by the GPAS Editor.

Conditions (e.g. time commitments, length of appointment)

Chapter Development

  • The authors are expected to attend a meeting with the GPAS team at the beginning of the chapter development process
  • Subsequently, the authors are expected to liaise with the researcher to work on the scoping document and search strategy
  • The authors are expected to attend all CDG meetings (held at the Royal College of Anaesthetists in central London)
  • Subsequent meetings will take place as necessary, and the authors are expected to make reasonable efforts to attend these meetings either in person or electronically (at least six weeks’ notice will be given where possible).
  • All necessary and reasonable expenses will be met by the RCoA.

Post Publication (Annually)

  • Decide whether the recommendations that were originally made are still valid in light of any new evidence uncovered by annual reviews conducted by the researcher
  • Decide whether or not to involve the CDG in revising the recommendations.
  • Submit any changes to the document to the GPAS Editorial Board for sign off

Post Publication (Every five years)

  • If continuing as an author, reconvene with the CDG for a full review of the guidance


Person Specification

  Essential criteria Desirable characteristics

An anaesthetist with understanding of service delivery

Credible level of experience of expert committee work or standards setting work in a relevant setting

Experience in developing guidelines or similar documents

Experience developing RCoA GPAS chapters

Experience as an ACSA reviewer or lead



A detailed knowledge of perioperative medicine
Knowledge A detailed knowledge of anaesthesia and specifically anaesthesia related to the chapter topic

Understands the processes of systematic review and critically appraising literature

A detailed knowledge of perioperative medicine
Other Open to feedback and able to provide sound and tactful reasoning for accepting or rejecting any suggestions made during the chapter development process  

How to apply

If you are interested in getting involved, please send a copy of your CV along with a cover letter summarising your experience and interest in this post by Friday 1 March 2019.

For any questions please contact the GPAS coordinator via email or telephone: 020 7092 1572.

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