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10 December 2012
Dendrite welcomes NHS decision to publish surgeons results

Dendrite Clinical Systems has welcomed plans by the National Health Service to publish individual surgeons" results. The decision to publish results, which was announced by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director of the NHS, is designed to improve performance of, and cooperation between, surgeons.

According to Sir Bruce, publishing surgical outcomes will make surgeons concentrate on their own performance and data, as well as seeking assistance from colleagues. He told BBC Radio 4: “It encourages you to really consider whether you are operating on the right patients and doing the right operation at the right time.”

Sir Bruce, past president of the Society for Cardio-Thoracic Surgeons for Great Britain and Ireland, added there is already evidence that publishing outcomes in his own specialist field has improved results.

Dendrite Clinical Systems has been a long-time proponent of collecting and analysing clinical data, believing that publishing such data allows surgeons to benchmark their data against colleagues and improve their performance and ultimately, patient outcomes.

“We fully endorse the creation of league tables for all surgeons in the NHS,” said Dr Peter Walton, Managing Director of Dendrite Clinical Systems. “The collection and recording of surgical data is an essential means by which surgeons can establish trends of clinical audit and governance, leading to improvements in patient safety, increased efficiency and ensuring that all patients experience universal high-quality care across the NHS.”

It is hoped his plan will supplement yearly appraisals for doctors and will be revalidated every five years. The Department of Health said that plans for how the league tables will work are yet to be finalised.