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Dame Barbara Hakin highlights how surgeons can engage in shaping the new health landscape

04 December 2012

Dame Barbara Hakin will attend The Future of Surgery conference today (06 Dec) in Wakefield, where she will unveil the crucial role surgeons can play to ensure healthcare commissioning is effective, high quality and patient focused.

Hosted by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS), the event will bring together local surgeons and other healthcare professionals to discuss the future of surgery in the new NHS landscape.

In just over three months’ time healthcare in England will be overhauled. Clinical commissioning groups, led by GPs, will replace primary care trusts as the local NHS bodies responsible for deciding what services are needed and for ensuring they are provided appropriately. Dame Barbara has been responsible for overseeing the creation of clinical commissioning groups and will tell a room of local surgeons from Yorkshire and the Humber how these changes will transform patient care in the region.

The RCS is committed to ensuring that commissioning is patient-focused and clinically-led, and is developing a web-based national surgical commissioning centre to provide commissioners, patient groups, healthcare providers and surgeons with practical information and advice. The College has established a regional network comprising of senior surgeons representing all surgical specialties who can advise commissioners about surgical service provision.

The conference will also address medical revalidation - the process by which all doctors who are licensed with the General Medical Council (GMC) will regularly demonstrate that they are up to date and fit to practise, which has been introduced this month.

Speaking ahead of the event Mr Jon Ausobsky, RCS Director for Professional Affairs, said:

“The aim of the health and social care act was to put power in the hands of patients and doctors, and so involving frontline clinicians in the commissioning process has the potential to transform care. This important conference will look ahead at the future of surgery to ensure that, as the new NHS takes shape, the right services are delivered to a high standard.”

Dame Barbara Hakin, National Director for Commissioning Development, NHS Commissioning Board, said:

“This is a good opportunity to speak directly with surgeons about the role they can play in engaging with commissioners to facilitate the development of high quality, clinically effective surgical pathways for their patients.”


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The Royal College of Surgeons of England is committed to enabling surgeons to achieve and maintain the highest standards of surgical practice and patient care. Registered charity number: 212808. www.rcseng.ac.uk
The Future of Surgery conference takes place on Thursday 6 December at Cedar Court Hotel (Denby Dale Road, Calder Grove, Wakefield WF4 3QZ)
Dame Barbara Hakin will give her presentation at 18.00 – 18.30.  
Press are welcome to attend – the event organiser on the day is Julie Hardiment on 07738 546551.
For more information, please contact the RCS press office on:
020 7869 6047/ 6052
communications@rcseng.ac.uk
Out-of hours: 07966 486 832