Is Access to Surgery A Postcode Lottery? – Royal College of Surgeons of England – 15 July 2014

Posted on July 22, 2014. Filed under: Surgery | Tags: |

Is Access to Surgery A Postcode Lottery? – Royal College of Surgeons of England – 15 July 2014

News release: Many CCGs are ignoring clinical evidence in their surgical commissioning policies

“The report: Is Access to Surgery A Postcode Lottery? is one of the first investigations of its kind and analyses information obtained under the Freedom of Information Act gathered in April. It reveals that 73% of the CCGs reviewed do not follow NICE and clinical guidance on referral for hip replacements, or have no policy in place for this procedure. Over a third of CCGs (44%) require patients to be in various degrees of pain and immobility (with no consistency applied across the country) or to lose weight before surgery. The report states that this is unacceptable.

The study investigated commissioning policies relating to four common surgical procedures carried out on the NHS and compared those policies to evidence-based guidance published by The Royal College of Surgeons, the surgical specialty associations and NICE.”

 

 

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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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Hospital Episode Statistics and Revalidation: Creating the evidence to support revalidation – Royal College of Surgeons of England, funded by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges – 9 January 2013

Posted on January 15, 2013. Filed under: Surgery, Workforce | Tags: , , , |

Hospital Episode Statistics and Revalidation: Creating the evidence to support revalidation – Royal College of Surgeons of England, funded by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges – 9 January 2013

Extract:

“Background
This report outlines the results of a project which started in September 2009. The project’s aim was to assess the strengths and weaknesses of using administrative data for revalidation in the areas of ischaemic heart disease, urological malignancies, and peripheral vascular disease. We distinguished between procedure-specific indicators and disease-specific indicators as well as between hospital-specific and consultant-specific outcomes.”

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Regional trauma systems: interim guidance for commissioners – The Royal College of Surgeons of England – December 2009

Posted on December 29, 2009. Filed under: Emergency Medicine | Tags: , |

Regional trauma systems: interim guidance for commissioners – The Royal College of Surgeons of England – December 2009

“This document aims to provide generic information on trauma and trauma systems, and presents a proven practical and evidence-based model suitable for regional trauma systems in the UK. It is aimed at regional commissioners and other stakeholders involved in the assessment of the provision of trauma care and the reconfiguration of services to regionalised trauma systems.”

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