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Working Practices


Background to working practices

The provision of surgery is a complex task that takes place in the context of a wider configuration of services. Effective surgery needs to take into account the interface with other clinical teams as well as requirements and practices set out by the employer and incorporated into surgeons’ day-to-day practice. The College has developed a range of resources, policy and standards aimed to inform the effective delivery of surgical services and support surgeons with matters of their daily working practice.

In this section of the website you will find information about our work in the following areas:

  • Cosmetic Surgery - Information on the work of the committee that is taking forward recommendations from the Keogh Review (Regulation of Cosmetic Interventions) relating to cosmetic surgery.
  • Commissioning Surgical Services – guidance and supporting documents for commissioners involved in ensuring the provision of high quality surgical services
  • Emergency Surgery – standards for unscheduled surgical care and our document on improving care for high risk general surgical patients
  • Children’s Surgery – standards and guidance relating to the provision of surgery for children, including guidance on developing networks of care for general paediatric surgery
  • Trauma – guidance for commissioners on regional trauma systems; standards for the delivery of trauma care
  • Surgical Workforce – information on the College’s workforce census, policy and guidance relating to the surgical workforce
  • Working Practices publications


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