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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.
  • Ethical Priciples of working overseas: this guide contains a set of overarching ethical principles as well as practical advice on how to approach differing political and healthcare circumstances in various host nations.
  • Caring for Patients who Refuse Blood: this document provides guidance for operating on Jehovah's Witnesses, or other patients who refuse blood transfusions.
  • Best practice for documentation of surgical procedures: GIRFT has worked with NHS Resolution, RCS England, ASGBI, and BAETS to create the guides, outlining how clear documentation of procedures can support the resolution process and provide the best care and satisfactory outcomes for patients.

Team working and leadership

Professional Development

Service Improvement

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