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New range of guidance for best practice documentation of surgical procedures

Best practice guidance for the effective documentation of five common surgical procedures is now available, to help improve the investigation of episodes of care if they lead to patient safety incidents or NHS litigation claims.

Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) has worked with NHS Resolution, the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS), the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain (ASGBI), and the British Association of Endocrine & Thyroid Surgeons (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.

The guides cover laparoscopic appendicectomy, laparoscopic cholecystectomy, open and laparoscopic inguinal hernia, laparotomy and laparoscopic bowel resection surgery and thyroidectomy, and include case studies to illustrate the importance and impact of improving documentation. They can be found in GIRFT’s FutureNHS workspace and Best Practice Library.

The current cost of litigation against the NHS in England is £128.6bn and activity is increasing. The new guidance has arisen from a review of claims data with NHS Resolution, plus feedback from NHS panel firm lawyers and expert witnesses, showing that poor documentation often makes the investigation of episodes of care leading to incidents and claims difficult and can prevent the defence of potentially good clinical practice.

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Upcoming Events

IP2022 IS COMING TO BOURNEMOUTH IN OCTOBER 2022

Bournemouth
17-19 October 2022

UKHCA Conference: Listen Up

Pendulum Hotel and Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester
3rd November 2022

MEDICA 2022

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29th - 30th November 2022

Access the latest issue of Clinical Services Journal on your mobile device together with an archive of back issues.

Download the FREE Clinical Services Journal app from your device's App store

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