Society of Anaesthetists of Wales (SAW)

The Society of Anaesthetists of Wales was formed in 1948, making us one of the longest standing medical societies in the UK. We are the society for education and networking for all anaesthetists in Wales and if you are lucky enough to work in Wales and you're an Anaesthetist, whether in-training, SAS or Consultant you are automatically a member.

We also encourage allied professionals, including Operating Department Practitioners, Anaesthetic Nurses and Anaesthesia Associates to our meetings. It's great to learn as a team. Please join us if you are a medical student, or perhaps a doctor in-training and thinking about a career in Anaesthesia. Our meetings are open, friendly and a great way to get to know our community. You will also find our pricing very competitive compared to other meetings. We support research, education and governance through our abstract competitions, twice a year we have the Michael Rosen Abstract competition, special commendations for medical student abstracts and, new for 2022, we are proud to team up with the Welsh Anaesthetic Green Network (WAGN) and present the Green Dragon Award for the best sustainable healthcare abstract. We also support projects through our SAW Bursary programme.

Join us for our Autumn Scientific Meetings (usually second week of October, over two days and joint with another society), and for our Spring Scientific Meetings held during the second week of March.

For further details of our meeting dates and activities, please see

South Wales Obstetric Anaesthetists' Forum (SWOAF)

This group of anaesthetists with an interest in obstetrics meets twice a year in May and November. The meetings comprise of a guest speaker giving a topical presentation, followed by trainee presentations in the categories of quality improvement projects, research and case presentations.

This provides an excellent opportunity to present in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with an emphasis on sharing good ideas and learning from unusual cases. Prizes for the best 3 presentations are on offer. Colleagues from North Wales may be able to join virtually. Look out for posters about 6 weeks in advance usually September and March in your local department.

SWOAF may also be able to support local quality improvement projects with small grants and written application to SWOAF for consideration is encouraged.

For further information about SWOAF, future meeting dates and trainee rep roles, please contact

Welsh Perioperative Medicine Society (WPOMS)

The Welsh Perioperative Medicine Society has been created as an opportunity for like-minded healthcare professionals to share ideas and encourage multidisciplinary collaboration across Wales. With Peri-operative medicine featuring more heavily than ever within the 2021 RCOA curriculum, we will aim to support trainees with this transition and highlight opportunities to get involved with the great POM work going on across Wales.

We host an annual POM conference, with an accessible hybrid format. We are always keen to get POM enthusiasts involved so please feel free to email us at with any questions or queries.

For further information: visit and we are also on Twitter @WelshPoms.

Welsh Anaesthetic Green Network

For further details please see