Invited review activity and themes

The RCS has completed 240 service, individual and clinical record reviews for healthcare organisations between 2008 and the end of 2017.

We have analysed 100 of these reviews and identified the problems that can occur in surgical practice. 

Our sample includes 58 service reviews, 25 individual reviews and 17 clinical record reviews. This mirrors the distribution seen in the 240 reviews, with slightly more service reviews and slightly fewer clinical record reviews.

The distribution of surgical specialties in our 100 reviews matches the distribution across the total number of reviews, with plastic surgery being the only exception. While overall a small number of plastic surgery reviews were completed, none fell in the 100 reviews under analysis.