Good Surgical Practice – Royal College of Surgeons – 29 August 2014

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Good Surgical Practice – Royal College of Surgeons – 29 August 2014

News release – New Good Surgical Practice, published by RCS – 29 August 2014

“Standards for surgical practice and achieving high-quality care outlined in new Good Surgical Practice published by RCS

The Royal College of Surgeons of England today launched Good Surgical Practice outlining clear standards expected of all surgeons. The guide outlines the skills, values and attitudes that underpin the profession and has been developed with surgeons and patient groups. Good Surgical Practice has been updated following the recent release of the General Medical Council’s re-working of Good Medical Practice and addresses some of the key challenges facing the profession today.

Collaborative working and patient safety shines through as a core message in the guide. In light of the launch of revalidation for all doctors at the beginning of this year, the publication of the Francis Inquiry report in 2013 and increasing focus on quality of care, transparency and professionalism, the guide recommends surgeons should ensure they are effectively working in multidisciplinary teams to improve communication with patients and the decision making process. Surgical leadership and teamwork are crucial for achieving high-quality patient care and this guide provides surgeons with a model that they should aspire to in day to day practice.

Good Surgical Practice provides guidance around 4 core areas which reflect the four domains of the GMC’s Good Medical Practice:

Knowledge, skills and performance
Safety and Quality
Communication, partnership, teamwork
Maintaining trust”

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Emergency general surgery (acute abdominal pain), Commissioning guide 2014 – Royal College of Surgeons – April 2014

Posted on April 29, 2014. Filed under: Surgery | Tags: |

Emergency general surgery (acute abdominal pain), Commissioning guide 2014 – Royal College of Surgeons – April 2014

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From innovation to adoption: Successfully spreading surgical innovation – Royal College of Surgeons – 14 April 2014

Posted on April 15, 2014. Filed under: Surgery | Tags: , |

From innovation to adoption: Successfully spreading surgical innovation – Royal College of Surgeons – 14 April 2014

News release: Patients must reap the benefits of the latest surgical innovations, warns new report

“Failure to adopt new surgical techniques quickly into everyday clinical practice means NHS patients are missing out on ground-breaking new procedures, warns a new report from the Royal College of Surgeons.

The report, entitled From innovation to adoption: Successfully spreading surgical innovation, sets out for the first time the factors that have helped and hindered the adoption of new surgical techniques in England.”

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The implementation of the Working Time Directive, and its impact on the NHS and health professionals: report of the Independent Working Time Regulations Taskforce to the Dept of Health – March 2014

Posted on April 8, 2014. Filed under: Educ for Hlth Professions, Medicine, Workforce | Tags: , |

The implementation of the Working Time Directive, and its impact on the NHS and health professionals: report of the Independent Working Time Regulations Taskforce to the Dept of Health – March 2014

“The taskforce was asked by the Secretary of State to review the impact and implementation of the European Working Time Directive, and two questions were uppermost in our mind.

1. What impact had the UK working time regulations (WTR) and court judgments associated with the WTD had on the training of doctors in the UK, and by extension on the delivery of high quality patient care?
2. If significant problems were identified, could solutions be recommended that would allow different specialties in medicine the flexibility to provide streamlined and appropriate treatment for patients, and in a manner which was practical for the NHS? ”

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Media release: Taskforce report on the impact of the European Working Time Directive – Royal College of Surgeons – 3 April 2014

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Reshaping surgical services: principles for change – Royal College of Surgeons – January 2013

Posted on January 21, 2013. Filed under: Patient Participation, Surgery | Tags: |

Reshaping surgical services: principles for change – Royal College of Surgeons – January 2013

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Patient Outcomes in Surgery. A report comparing Independent Sector Treatment Centres and NHS providers – Royal College of Surgery – 20 October 2011

Posted on October 24, 2011. Filed under: Surgery | Tags: |

Patient Outcomes in Surgery. A report comparing Independent Sector Treatment Centres and NHS providers – Royal College of Surgery – 20 October 2011

Extract from the media release:
“NHS patients undergoing elective operations in dedicated independent sector units report better outcomes than those seen by NHS Hospitals treating emergency and elective patients, according to a major new study released today (Wednesday, 19 Oct 2011) by the Royal College of Surgeons [RCS] and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. But researchers also found these differences reflect that those patients seen by independent sector treatment centres [ISTCs] tend to be younger, in better health before their operation and from more affluent areas than those seen by NHS Hospitals.”

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Locum surgeons: Principles and Standards – Royal College of Surgeons – 19 May 2011

Posted on May 23, 2011. Filed under: Surgery, Workforce | Tags: |

Locum surgeons: Principles and Standards – Royal College of Surgeons – 19 May 2011

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Emergency Surgery: Standards for unscheduled surgical care – Royal College of Surgeons – 7 April 2011

Posted on April 13, 2011. Filed under: Emergency Medicine, Surgery | Tags: |

Emergency Surgery: Standards for unscheduled surgical care – Royal College of Surgeons – 7 April 2011

“Emergency patients account for half the NHS surgical workload but mortality and complication rates vary widely; these are the problems identified in new standards for emergency surgery care published today by the Royal College of Surgeons [RCS]. The RCS estimates that the care of emergency surgery patients comprises 40-50 per cent of surgical work and in general surgery alone account for 14,000 admissions a year to intensive care in England and Wales, at a costs of at least £88m* and mortality rates of 25 per cent. The report demonstrates that there is a lack of detailed outcome measurement for emergency surgery patients – which is preventing hospitals from understanding how they can improve.

Surgeons believe that dedicated operating theatre time for emergency cases; better care for highrisk patients before and after surgery; and greater availability of consultants would save lives and shorten hospital stays for emergency patients.”

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The Surgical Workforce Report 2010 – Royal College of Surgeons – 27 January 2011

Posted on February 7, 2011. Filed under: Surgery, Workforce | Tags: |

The Surgical Workforce Report 2010 – Royal College of Surgeons – 27 January 2011
Extract from the press release

“Almost three quarters of consultant surgeons who took part in a national survey work more than their contracted hours and seventy per cent report they are expected to undertake elective operations while they are supposed to be on call for emergencies. These are the headline statistics from the first ever comprehensive survey of the surgical workforce published today (Thursday 27th Jan) by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS).

The Surgical Workforce Report 2010 is the first edition of what will become an annual survey of surgical consultants working practices and is intended to provide the NHS with accurate figures to inform long term planning of the numbers of surgeons required to serve the UK. The report breaks down figures for each of the nine surgical specialties and was produced in collaboration with each of their associations*:”  …continues

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The national hip fracture database national report 2010 – Royal College of Surgeons – 2 September 2010

Posted on September 7, 2010. Filed under: Orthopaedics | Tags: |

The national hip fracture database national report 2010 – Royal College of Surgeons – 2 September 2010

Biggest ever hip fracture audit shows improvements in care, but significant geographical variations

A report from the world’s largest and fastest-growing national hip fracture audit, published today (Thursday 2nd September) reveals that NHS hip fracture patients – often some of the most elderly and vulnerable patients in the NHS – are now getting far greater access to specialist care by geriatricians, as well as osteoporosis screening, assessment for the likelihood of future falls and bone protection drugs – which alone can reduce fracture incidence by up to 50%, potentially saving £millions to the NHS. However, the report also flags up significant variations in care quality provision between hospitals, with some patients not being assessed by appropriate doctors, having unacceptable delays before surgery, and missing out on osteoporosis care and falls prevention.”  … continues

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