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The College exists to maintain and improve standards of surgical care. As such, it has a role in supporting employers and providers of surgical services where concerns have arisen. The College provides independent, professional advice across a range of professional and clinical issues.

We expect that the majority of issues can be resolved locally through working with the surgeon(s) concerned. Our advice and support services are aimed at complementing these local processes. We have developed this guide to illustrate the services available from the College and other organisations.

This guide is not exhaustive. You can contact the College if you remain unsure of the best course of action.

Professional Issues

Type of Concern Advice and Support Options for Employers
To include:

  • Concerns about performance
  • Interpersonal/behavioural issues
  • Education/CPD needs
  • Disciplinary matters
  • Returning to practice after period of absense
Investigate local resolution (eg mentoring, secondment arrangements)

Contact local Director for Professional Affairs (DPA) for advice and signposting

Contact the College for advice on conducting a case note review

Contact the College for advice on arranging an invited review of an individual’s practice

Contact the College for advice on arranging a invited review of the surgical unit/department

Contact the College for advice on independent assessors for disciplinary matters

Contact the National Clinical Assessment Services (NCAS) for advice

Revalidation

Type of Concern Advice and Support Options for Employers
To include:

  • Surgical standards and supporting information requirements
  • CPD
  • Interpreting outcomes and audit information

What is revalidation?
Contact local Director for Professional Affairs (DPA)

Online College guidance

Further Training and Remediation

Type of Concern Advice and Support Options for Employers

Where concerns about performance have been confirmed and remedial action is being considered
Contact the National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS) for advice

Contact the College for advice on remediation and further training

Regulatory Processes

Type of Concern Advice and Support Options for Employers

The small number of cases where patient safety is considered to be at risk and referral to the regulator is required.
Contact the regulator for advice

Contact the National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS) for advice

Alert local Director for Professional Affairs so that surgeons affected by the action can be supported

Health Concerns

Type of Concern Advice and Support Options for Employers

General physical and mental well being, disability, addiction and so on.

Work with Occupational Health Advisors locally