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Current Awareness Updates

05 May 2017

Amy McEwan

Current Awareness UpdateOn the 8th May 2017, we will be launching the first of our new Current Awareness Updates. Following the success of the Current Awareness Service pilot between 2012 and 2016, we will be relaunching and expanding coverage of the Service.

Feedback from Fellows and Members following the pilot has led to some exciting changes. The Specialty Bulletins, as they were known, have been rebranded as Updates and will cover all ten surgical specialities by spring 2018. This means that this valued membership benefit will be available to all current Fellows and Members within the next year. Patient Safety content will be embedded into each Update, ensuring that surgeons only receive the information most relevant to them.

Updates provide concise email summaries of the latest evidence in a particular surgical field. Focusing on the highest levels of evidence, guidelines, policy and new technology, Information Specialists select important articles from a variety of sources, curating and presenting these in an easy to use format, allowing highly specialised consultants to focus on their chosen subspecialty. Citations include a brief summary and link directly to the full text of the article, where openly available or covered by the College’s numerous subscriptions to e-journals. Sent directly to your inbox every two months, the Updates are compiled by qualified Information Specialists with support from a panel of Specialist Advisors.

'Excellent and succinct appraisal and presentation of current literature' survey responses 2017

More information on the Service, including when you will start receiving Updates in your specialty can be found on the Current Awareness Updates page.

'A really useful way of keeping up to date and learning about new research' survey responses 2017Would you like an opportunity to shape the Update for your specialty? We are currently recruiting for Specialist Advisors and would like to hear from Fellows and Members of all career stages. If you are interested in finding out more, please feel free to take a look at the role description. To apply, simply complete a short expression of interest form and email this to

We hope you will enjoy the new Updates and continue to see them as a valuable membership benefit. If you have any questions regarding the Updates or access to our online journals, please email us at or contact us by telephone (+44 (0) 20 7869 6556).

Amy McEwan, Senior Information Specialist

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