The AA role was first introduced in 2004 and is now established within many NHS hospitals, with approximately 160 AAs on The Royal College of Anaesthetists’ Managed Voluntary Register (as of 2022). This impact case study provides insight into how the AA roles are typically used, and the impact of the role on NHS patients, systems, and workforce.
If you are interested in becoming an Anaesthesia Associate, please find further details on the Health Careers webpage - here you will find information on entry requirements, working life and training.
In the video below, Dr Paavan Gorur, Consultant Anaesthetist at UCLH talks about his experience of working alongside AAs.
National funding model
Introduction of the AA role and training requires the support of an individual NHS Trust. Once this has been established, students eligible for entry into an AA programme will either be:
An experienced registered health care professional e.g., a nurse or operating department practitioner with at least three years’ full-time, post-qualification work experience and evidence of recent academic study
Graduates with a biomedical science or biological science 2:1 honours degree or better
To help establish a sustainable supply route for Anaesthesia Associates, supporting the expansion of the workforce pipeline and the delivery of the key objectives in the NHS Long Term Plan, Health Education England are providing a national funding offer until April 2024, for a limited number of AA posts across HEE regions.
The success of the approach and continued need for this level of funding will be reviewed prior to any decisions around funding beyond April 2024. Funding, accessed via HEE regions, includes a consistent salary support offer for all student AAs, a contribution towards tuition fees and educational supervision in the workplace.
To discuss the funding offer in more detail, please use the contact details below for the HEE contact within your region:
North East and Yorkshire: firstname.lastname@example.org
North West: email@example.com
South East: firstname.lastname@example.org
South West: email@example.com
In the video below, Consultant Anaesthetists and AAs at UCLH talk about their experience of the AA role.
Blended learning programme
HEE have commissioned the development and delivery of new blended learning programmes for Anaesthesia Associates. This will extend the Higher Education Institutions (HEI) offering the AA Course to the University of Birmingham, Lancaster Medical School and University College London. Further course details can be found on the Health Careers website.
For further details and additional resources, please see links below:
MAPs Core Capabilities Framework
The MAPs Core Capabilities Framework is now available on the Medical Associate Professions page.
Health Education England are working to:
Support a sustainable increase in the AA training pipeline to 2025
Support the development of more AA training programmes across England
Develop a sustainable funding model, to include an apprenticeship training route
Develop the educational capacity and infrastructure to support AA workforce expansion