Acting on Concerns: Your Professional Responsibility – Royal College of Surgeons of England – 19 February 2013

Posted on February 26, 2013. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality, Surgery, Workforce | Tags: |

Acting on Concerns: Your Professional Responsibility – Royal College of Surgeons of England – 19 February 2013

“The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) is today publishing a comprehensive manual that advises clinicians on how to act if they consider patients are receiving poor care. Acting on Concerns: Your Professional Responsibility guides surgeons on how best to collaborate with colleagues to monitor performance and quality of care, deal with problems, raise concerns and support others to do the same.

Real excellence in surgery comes from managing past failures and future risks well, with teams supporting each other through difficulties and responding to problems in a timely and constructive way. It is vital that surgeons make every effort to foster a culture where the quality of patient care provided by each individual member of the team is everyone’s concern.

This publication provides practical advice on how to develop an open culture where there is a willingness to address issues. It urges individuals not to wait for things to go wrong before personally attending to the quality of clinical governance in a team or department.”

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