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17 Nov 2014

Ahead of the upcoming publication of performance data for about 5,000 surgeons in England, Mr Ian Ritchie, President of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, said;

“As the College supports all moves that demonstrably promote transparency in surgery, inform patient choice and drive up quality of care, we strongly support the collection of good quality, accurate and timely data. We are working with our membership in England of more than 10,000 surgeons to ensure that all relevant data is published within a context that makes it as useful as possible for patients.

 “We do not believe that surgeons need to be subject to penalties or forced to submit their results, and to claim so calls the profession into disrepute unnecessarily. Instead, the focus should be on ensuring that data is published in a way that  does not disincentivise high risk operations and which recognises that surgery, and its results, depend on the entire surgical team, not just one, individual surgeon. We also believe that there should be clear definition of what constitutes a “successful” or “unsuccessful” procedure. Some procedures, for example, can be judged shortly after they have been carried out whilst others need a longer time to judge. Similarly the impact of any post-operative care also needs to be taken into account.

 “The merits of this approach are underlined by our work with the Scottish Audit of Surgical Mortality, which has helped over 1,100 consultants voluntarily participate in the audits with over 3,000 deaths undergoing peer review each year. The College’s Standards Office is also involved in work with the College’s Surgical Specialty Groups and Health Improvement Scotland to facilitate the care of patients through the better use of surgical data and can assist in supporting surgical audits.

“We would welcome any chance to bring the significant experience of our membership from across England and Scotland to assist the NHS in this endeavour in the interest of patient safety.”

Free Surgical Outcomes Workshop for RCSEd Trainees

Birmingham, 4 December 2014

RCSEd is pleased to invite surgical trainees to attend for free its 'Forewarned is Forearmed: Quality Improvement and Surgical Outcomes Workshop' at its Regional Centre in Colmore Row, Birmingham from 6-9pm on Thursday 4 December 2014.

It will feature speakers Professor Ben Bridgewater, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon and Honorary Professor of Translational Medicine, University of Manchester and Professor Craig White, Clinical Lead of the Quality Unit, Scottish Government.

There is no charge for this event and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Trainees can register for this event by contacting Naseem Akhtar at the Birmingham Centre on 0121 647 1567 or via the email address

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