Patient Safety Group Introduced
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The RCSEd Patient Safety Board was established in 2008 following the development of the NOTSS (Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons) taxonomy. Under the successive stewardship of Professor George Youngson and Mr Simon Paterson Brown, the Board worked to promote understanding of human factors in surgery. Today, NOTSS programmes are an integral part of the RCSEd education portfolio and an established part of surgical training in the UK, US, Australia, Denmark, Japan and beyond with over 40 NOTSS courses running in the UK alone each year.
To build on the hugely successful work of this Board, a new RCSEd Patient Safety Group has been launched. Chaired by Miss Anna Paisley, this multidisciplinary group is drawn from all faculties of the College and includes representatives from both the wider surgical team and patients. It will support and coordinate existing patient safety initiatives, set a proactive safety agenda for the College and facilitate collaboration with external organisations on patient safety issues.
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