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We are seeing a shift in focus from ‘numbers-driven’ elective work to high quality clinical care with an increased spotlight on the national provision of emergency and acute care in the UK. Following on from its role in improving outcome measures and the reporting of surgeon specific data, the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS) is taking an active role in defining the standards and measurement of acute surgical services.

In October 2014 the South West Clinical Senate, along with the regional commissioning teams, will be deliberating the standards and sustainability of acute surgical care in the South West.

As a prelude to this, the RCS is hosting a conference on Acute Surgical Care on 30th September 2014 at Somerset County Cricket Club, Taunton. The conference will look at current standards for the care of acute surgical patients; where we are now and where we need to get to. The delivery of acute surgical care will also be reviewed against the background of The Health and Social Care Act 2012, the proposed 7 day working and the drive for a consultant led service. The final debate will consider whether reconfiguration is part of the solution to the development and maintenance of a high quality acute surgical service in the South West.

This is an opportunity for local surgeons to consider the future of acute surgical care and the configuration of services in the South West, and for those views to inform the attending commissioners and Senate members. The RCS is keen for a wide range of local engagement and encourages surgeons in the region to attend the meeting, to listen and get involved in the discussions.

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