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The Scottish Society of Anaesthetists was formed at a dinner at the Balmoral hotel in Edinburgh on the 20th of February 1914. It is therefore the oldest national anaesthetic society in the world. It exists, to quote the constitution, “to further the study of the science and practice of Anaesthetics and the proper teaching thereof and to conserve and advance the interests of Anaesthetics”

The Office Bearers

Our council members ensure we have local representation from around the country. The executive holds their positions for a single four year term. Our trainee reps are voted on at the annual spring meeting and serve a two year term.


The Executive are responsible for the running of the society, the spring meeting, producing the Annals and running the council meetings.


The council provide representation from around the country.
We ensure there is a council member from each of the the following regions;
Highland, Grampian, East (Tayside), South East (x2), Central (Forth Valley) & of course West (x2)
There are also two co-opted members - the chair of the AAGBI SSC and RCoA Scottish Board

Trainee Reps

There are four trainee reps, with two new reps being elected at the Spring Meeting to replace the outgoing reps

The AAGBI and RCOA are also represented on the Council by the following as co-opted members:

Paul Bourke
Chair of the AAGBI Scottish Standing Committee

Sarah Ramsay
Chair of the RCOA Scottish Board


It is now possible to join the Scottish Society of Anaesthetists online. Simply click on the link below, fill out the form and submit your application. You will then need to follow the steps with our payment partner, GoCardless to set up a direct debit payment in order to complete your membership application.

The annual membership fee is £20.00 which is taken on the anniversary of your membership.

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Upcoming Events

We host two major meetings per year. In the Spring we have our annual meeting (including handover of exec and AGM). This is a two day meeting where the trainees organise the second day and scientific abstracts are presented, judged and prizes awarded. We hold this in a central location at a hotel to encourage social interaction over a semi formal dinner on the Thursday evening.
In the autumn we now have an alternating joint meeting with the RCoA then AAGBI. This meeting rotates around the country to allow easy access for as many members as possible.

Travel and Research Grants

As a Society we are proud of the support we have given to both charitable and research activities over our 100 year history. With the launch of our new website we plan to show both retrospective and prospective projects that we have funded.

Travel Grants

Travel Grants

The Society is keen to encourage both trainees and career grade staff to travel for the purposes of working in or teaching in developing or disadvantaged countries.

Grants will not normally exceed £1000.

Travel grants may also be awarded to those wishing to visit another centre to learn a new technique or acquire experience in a particular specialty.

Apply for a travel grant…

Research Grants

Research Grants

The Society is also willing to consider applications from members for similar sums to support research.

Apply for a research grant…

Previous Funding Stories

The Society has funded many successful grants over the years. Read some accounts here...


Our future aim as a society is to become a central hub for all Scottish Anaesthetists to visit to find out about local and national meetings, courses and links to useful resources. We will continue to update and evolve to meet the demands of future online learning.

Our annual spring meeting gives trainees the opportunity to submit abstracts for both poster and oral presentations. For all future entrees we plan to develop an online publication for all winners and runners up. We have an easy online submission form and topics can include research, audit or case presentations.

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Recent Abstracts

Preoperative anaemia adversely impacts overall survival following resection for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma


Preoperative anaemia is commonly present in resectable PDAC and negatively influences overall survival independent not only of established pathological factors but also of perioperative blood transfusion. These data have implications for the optimization of patients in the perioperative period in addition to longer-term risk stratification.


Basic Life Support training during medical school

Ferguson Reid.  

Despite receiving Basic Life Support training during medical school, FY1 doctors reported low confidence in airway management. Simple airway techniques, if performed correctly, can be life saving in the emergency situation. We planned to provide training in basic airway management to FY1s to improve their competence and confidence.


The effect of peripheral access devices on intravenous infusion rate

Philip Jackson.  

All devices restrict flow to varying degrees. Using an access hub effectively halves maximum flow rate. Devices with integral hubs and combining devices are even worse. The “Coventry” connector appears performs the best.


We will regularly update the site to show both local and national courses which we feel are of most value. The online calendar will show both meetings and courses with direct links to their pages.

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