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The College is developing an online professionalism hub, scheduled to be launched in the summer of 2014.

The professionalism hub is designed as a multi-layered resource aimed to bring together a wealth of guidance, tools and learning resources from within the College as well as external sources to keep surgeons up-to-date with latest developments around their professional responsibilities and support their learning and personal development.

At the centre of the hub is a revised edition of the College’s main standards document, Good Surgical Practice, currently also scheduled to be launched in the summer of 2014.

The new Good Surgical Practice is due to replace the current 2008 edition and sets out the standards of behaviour and conduct expected of all surgeons practising in the UK. It places emphasis on the interface between professional and corporate responsibilities of the surgeon and takes into account the findings of the Francis report, the requirements of revalidation, and is aligned to the headings of the GMC’s Good Medical Practice.

Key points of the revised Good Surgical Practice focus on the following areas:

  • Annual appraisal
  • Professional development
  • Quality and the use of clinical outcomes
  • Patient safety and the WHO surgical checklist
  • Partnership with patients
  • Acting on concerns
  • Duty of candour
  • Team-working, behaviour and leadership
  • Relationship with management
  • Emergency surgery and continuity of care

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