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Learning from invited reviews

The RCS has published a report that describes the challenges that can arise from the practice of an individual surgeon or within a surgical service. It is based on the RCS’s experience of invited reviews. We have surveyed a sample of 100 consecutive reviews and identified lessons about how problems occur and where improvements need to be made. We have also developed a simple, interactive web resource to help hospital teams improve the quality of discussions about surgical practice. This web page leads the reader through the 18 key themes and encourages them to think about the strengths and weaknesses of their own services.

We hope that our resource can be used to improve the discussion of the challenges of surgical practice and to ensure they are addressed at an early stage, before they lead to problems that have an impact on the quality of patient care.

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