Good Practice Guides
We produce a range of standards, guidance and accompanying resources to support surgical teams and ensure they are consistently delivering the highest standards of patient care.
Watch our video below to find out more about our guidance can support your development and that of your team.
The RCS is carrying out a programme of work that focuses on developing brief, practical guidance and accompanying resources to support surgeons on key aspects of their practice. Our Good Practice Guides elaborate on the principles of our core standards document, Good Surgical Practice, and aim to facilitate its implementation.
Our guidance and resources can provide support in the areas of ethical and legal concerns, team working and leadership, personal development and service improvement.
Ethical and legal concerns
- Duty of Candour: ensuring clinicians are open and honest with patients when things go wrong with their care.
- Consent: Supported Decision -Making: principles for working with patients through a process of supported decision-making.
- Good Surgical Practice: Our surgical care team guidance aims to help employers, surgeons and other healthcare professionals develop models of care that utilise the surgical care team in a consistent manner.
- End of Life Care: This document provides advice, guidance and support to surgeons and service providers on many important aspects of end of life care.
Team working and leadership
- Surgical Care Team Guidance: guidance on the introduction and effective use of extended roles in the surgical team.
- The High Performing Surgical Team: this guide highlights skills and processes which contribute significantly to the performance of a team.
- Surgical Leadership: a practical guide to effective leadership of surgical teams.
Upcoming guidance in 2018:
- Surgical Innovation and New Techniques