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College to Host ‘Informed Consent’ Workshop

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26 Jul 2018

Consultants, SAS grades and trainees are invited to attend a new one-day workshop ‘Informed Consent: Sharing the Decision’ in Edinburgh on 10 October 2018 and in Birmingham on 28 February 2019.

This is a brand-new Informed Consent: Sharing the Decision (ICONS) educational initiative that has been developed by the College as a direct and constructive response to the communication inadequacies exposed by the Montgomery case, and subsequent legislation.

Explaining more, RCSEd Council and Convener or the workshop Professor Janet Wilson said:

“Working in partnership with your patients to make good clinical decisions goes to the heart of good medical practice. This new workshop presents a unique, interactive and invaluable opportunity for surgeons to develop a skills toolkit for sharing what, for some patients, may be the most important decision of their lives.

“Without a quality shared conversation, your patients may sign up to major surgery in a fraction of the time they would spend purchasing an item of clothing or choosing a holiday. As regular newspaper reports remind us, decision-sharing skills are not only good medical practice, they are also essential to avoid legal proceedings and substantial NHS damages. It is essential therefore for the safety of patients and for the future of the profession that we not only train good surgeons, but also good communicators.”

The ICONS workshop content has been informed by internationally recognised experts in shared decision-making including Newcastle University's Professor Thomson. The workshop was also developed by consensus meetings of small groups of senior practising surgeons in different disciplines, by patients, and by professional experts in risk management and risk communication.

Delegates on the ICONS workshop will acquire skills and knowledge to implement best practice in sharing the complex decisions surrounding informed consent. By participating in a workshop, you will also contribute to the development of resources for future training in the important area of informed consent.

6 CPD points are awarded for attending this workshop.

Book online: 

Edinburgh – 10 October 2018

Birmingham – 28 February 2019

 Download the full programme below.


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