"Improving patient care by promoting excellence in RA practice, education and research"

Book Deliveries

Please note that deliveries of the handbook to new members is taking longer than usual at the moment. This is because the Association of Anaesthetists (who manage our membership services) are largely remote working at the moment. Handbooks are sent out in bulk when they go into the London office. This situation will improve as the Tier restrictions ease. Amazon deliveries of handbooks ordered online are unaffected. Thanks

Online membership applications now live

New for 2021, members can join RAUK and ESRA using our new online membership service. This will be a (hopefully) seamless process now, getting rid of the old paper applications.

We are using GoCardless to process our direct debits. When signing up, you will be directed to a GoCardless page where you can securely enter your bank details. Your bank details are not passed onto us, and GoCardless uses the highest levels of encryption to prevent fraud. This method is used by a number of other specialist societies under the umbrella of the Association of Anaesthetists, so is tried and tested.

New members wanting to send direct debit authorisation by paper can still do so via the membership email at the association, but please note that this will be slower. 

Finally, we have uploaded a chunk of the RA-UK handbook online as a member benefit. You will receive an email in the coming weeks with instructions how to access this, and we will endeavour to put the remaining chapters online in due course.



New RA-UK statement about FICB and non-physician practitioners

Fascia Iliaca blocks and non-physician practitioners

Thursday 23 January 2020

Early administration of a fascia iliaca block is recommended in patients with fractured neck of femur to reduce pain and use of opioid analgesia.1

Since the last joint statement from Regional Anaesthesia-UK (RA-UK) and the Association of Anaesthetists in 2013,2the use and availability of ultrasound for performance of the fascia iliaca block has increased.This has also led to the development of several ultrasound guided approaches to the fascia iliaca block which are more reliable than the traditional landmark approach.

The ultrasound guided infra-inguinal approach to the fascia iliaca block uses a similar needle insertion point to the landmark approach, distant from neurovascular structures. This approach allows visual confirmation of local anaesthetic spread in the correct anatomical plane, deep to the fascia iliaca.3

Read more: New RA-UK statement about FICB and non-physician practitioners

RAUK Plan A Posters

We are proud to present our new Plan A blocks poster, high resolution PDFs are downloadable by clicking on each poster.


Plan A Blocks Upper LimbPlan A Blocks Lower Limb

Election 2020 and news

After our annual board meeting yesterday, we are happy to announce that we have 2 new board members: Maria Sebastian and Jonathan Womack. We also welcome back Ashwani Gupta for a second term, and have a new trainee representative, Dr Toby Ashken.

In other changes, firstly, we say a fond farewell to Dr Morne Wolmarans, possibly the longest serving, and certainly one of our very best board members. He will continue to look after our UK RA interests within ESRA, and we expect to see him at the new improved Covid free ASM next year. We also say goodbye to our trainee rep Jim Parry, who, having gained a substantive post at Stanmore last year, is now replaced by Toby. We thank him for his hard work on the board, and again, will catch up soon at the many meetings and courses up and down the country. Finally, we give great thanks to Tim Moll who was coopted onto council for the last year to organise the ASM in Sheffield 2020. His hard work will not be in vain, however, as we have a special announcement soon about RA-UK 2021.

Secondly, we have a few position changes, Lloyd Turbitt has become our new treasurer, as Alan Macfarlane was unanimously voted our new president elect. He will take up his term of office when Amit Pawa steps down in 2021. Nat Haslam continues as honorary secretary, and we intend to co-opt Simeon West as webmaster/comms (to be ratified at the next AGM).

And finally, in view of our ASM in Sheffield unfortunately being cancelled, we have elected to run our Annual General Meeting virtually. This will be at 7:30 on the evening of 26th May. It will be held as a Zoom meeting (surprise, surprise). Any ordinary member who wishes to join, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and we will send you the secure link. 

RA-UK ASM - Coronovirus Update

RA-UK are very sorry to have to announce the cancellation of our 2-day Annual Scientific meeting scheduled for 18-19th May 2020 in Sheffield.

We have been following the global developments surrounding COVID-19 very closely and we are all agreed that the safety of our delegates, faculty, and the community as a whole must take priority. We were due to have a large attendance with faculty and delegates from all over the UK and the rest of the world. Such a public gathering of front-line staff who are likely to be called upon to deal with patients with COVID-19 was too great a risk to take.

We assure you that this is not a decision we have taken lightly. This was set to be the most successful RA-UK meeting yet because of your support and enthusiasm for Regional Anaesthesia and POCUS education. RA-UK are very sorry for the inconvenience that this will undoubtedly have caused. 

All delegates, faculty and industry sponsors have been informed.

Delegates will be refunded their registration over the coming weeks. For international refunds there may be a small administrative charge.

Once we have successfully dealt with whatever the next few months bring us, we will launch our 2021 meeting (#RAUK21) which is already being planned and the dates are 29th April – 1st May 2021. We look forward to welcoming you and seeing you then.

Once again, please accept our sincere apologies and we thank you for your support and understanding

I would also like to personally extend my thanks to: Dr Tim Moll and Dr Kim Russon, along with the rest of the Sheffield Local organising team, our event management company EMD, and all of our faculty for the hard work they dedicated to designing and preparing for this meeting.

With my very best wishes,

Dr Amit Pawa

Plan A Blocks

PLan A AWe are pleased to announce a new section of the website entitled Plan A blocks.
A recent editorial by Turbitt et al in Anaesthesia highlighted the inconsistencies in education and training of anaesthetists to perform basic level regional blocks, and hypothesised that the explosion of new techniques facilitated by ultrasound had compounded the problem by intimidating the normal practitioner. They drafted a list of seven Plan A blocks that cover the key areas of surgery/acute pain, and suggested that every anaesthetist should be proficient in these, leaving the expert RA practitioner to help provide blocks for more complex circumstances. The text of the editorial is provided.
At RA-UK we believe in the widespread adoption of regional anaesthetic techniques for all, and it is our mission to improve patient care by promoting excellence in RA practice and education. 
We endorse the 7 Plan A blocks suggested, and have made available a new educational resource based on our popular Pocket Guide to Regional Anaesthesia - Second Edition. We will continue to update this section should new evidence arise to suggest other blocks fit the brief of “highest possible value to the greatest number of patients”. We hope that this can be used to teach and train the next generation of anaesthetists so that no-one comes out of training with an inability to provide this standard.
Regional experts will, of course, continue to provide the wide range of blocks as they see fit, and continue to research and push the boundaries of analgesia, and we fully support that endeavour.
You will find in this section on the right, detailed descriptions of each block taken from our pocket guide, which you will recieve for joining RA-UK. You can also download high resolution posters for printing, and watch our recent webinar on the Plan A blocks.