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The Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS) is a professional body committed to enabling surgeons to achieve and maintain the highest standards of surgical practice and patient care. The delivery of good surgical care is not straightforward, however, and there are many daily challenges for surgeons and the teams they work in that can be difficult to resolve. The College believes that action should be taken locally at the earliest possible stage with the aim of remedying problems before they affect patient safety or fitness to practise.

When a trust or hospital needs an external expert opinion the College can provide an established confidential, bespoke review service – the Invited Review Mechanism (IRM). This mechanism addresses a range of issues such as patient safety concerns at an individual or service level, service delivery, service reconfiguration and requirement for independent expert opinion on the management of a specific case or series of cases. The aim of the invited review is to support, but not replace, existing procedures.

The College’s IRM is a partnership between the RCS, the specialty associations and lay reviewers representing the patient and public interest. We believe that the IRM, as a form of peer review, is a highly valuable resource to help trusts and hospitals deal with concerns before they develop into more serious problems, and to make recommendations for improvement. It is through reliable and trustworthy peer review processes that the answers to emerging problems can be found.

For further details or advice about our services please contact the IRM Coordinator.

Contacting the College

Neil MacCallum
Invited Review Mechanism Coordinator
Professional and Clinical Standards
The Royal College of Surgeons of England
35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London WC2A 3PE
t: 020 7869 6222
f: 020 7869 6220
e: nmaccallum@rcseng.ac.uk