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What the contractual duty of candour means for doctors

26 Mar 2013

Clinicians, principally doctors, working within organisations providing healthcare services to NHS patients will be expected to play a major part in their organisation’s compliance with the new contractual duty of candour. The Medical Defence Union’s Head of advisory services,...

Good Medical Practice 2013 published

25 Mar 2013

Every doctor in the UK will have to show they meet the professional standards set out in updated guidance from the General Medical Council (GMC). This latest version of Good Medical Practice will underpin the new system of regular checks on doctors (known as revalidation) which...

CQC survey results of health and social care professionals across...

19 Mar 2013

Please see related link to the survey below: http://www.cqc.org.uk/organisations-we-regulate/registered-services/information-professionals/feedback-and-surveys  

Standards for Children’s Surgery

19 Mar 2013

In its new publication Standards for Children’s Surgery, the Children’s Surgical Forum (CSF) provides vital new standards for all those involved in the delivery and commissioning of children’s surgical services. The standards have a strong focus on the delivery of children’s...

New survey reports low rate of patient awareness during anaesthesia

15 Mar 2013

The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) today (12 March) publish initial findings from a major study which looked at how many patients experienced accidental awareness during general anaesthesia. The...

BBC Horizon: ‘How to avoid mistakes in surgery’?

15 Mar 2013

A BBC 2 Horizon programme will be screened on Thursday, 21 March at 9.00 pm about human factors in healthcare. The programme, presented by Dr Kevin Fong will look at how learning about the human in the system and the system itself can bring about enormous improvements in safety...

Health Protection Agency

CJD Incidents Panel to be dissolved March 2013

15 Mar 2013

From 1 April 2013 the responsibility for investigating, assessing and managing CJD incidents will be with local trusts, health boards and health protection teams in the same way as most other incidents that place patients at risk.  National guidance on CJD incident management...

Educational webinars on safer surgery

04 Mar 2013

In September 2012, Patient Safety First held ‘Safer Surgery Week.’ As part of the Safer Surgery Week a series of webinars took place, including one hosted by the RCoA President Dr JP van Besouw, promoting and discussing different aspects of the five steps to safer surgery. The...

Understanding Francis

01 Mar 2013

The Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management have published a brief document on the Francis report and its importance to trainees. Click here to view the College's comments on the Report on the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation.

Neuraxial and regional anaesthesia devices with non-Luer connectors

21 Feb 2013

Please see below for an updated statement from the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI), the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), the Obstetric Anaesthetists Association (OAA), Regional Anaesthesia UK (RA-UK), the Association of Paediatric ...