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The challenge of providing safe, high-quality patient care is at the heart of the College's professional agenda. Recent developments in the NHS, such as the national reviews by Sir Robert Francis, Sir Bruce Keogh, Professor Don Berwick and Sir David Dalton, have given added impetus for medical royal colleges to be more closely involved and take a leading role in improving professionalism and setting standards for the profession in areas around behaviours, values, skills and working practices.

We are undertaking a number of workstreams to support individual surgeons and their practice:

Good Surgical Practice Our core standards document for individual surgeons provides a baseline of clear and assessable standards, achievable by all competent surgeons. It complements those standards required of all doctors by the GMC as set out in Good Medical Practice (2013).

Professionalism hub An online resource that will bring together a wealth of guidance and learning materials to keep surgeons up-to-date on their professional responsibilities and support their development. These resources will be mapped against the Good Surgical Practice principles and can currently be found at the end of each online section of Good Surgical Practice.

Audit and patient outcomes Support and guidance to facilitate surgeons’ participation in national audits and their use of patient outcome measures. The College is involved in collaborative projects to improve HES data attribution.

Revalidation A range of resources and guidance on surgical appraisal, revalidation and continuing professional development.

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