The Perioperative Care Workstream is a member of the Perioperative Care Collaborative which will explore current perioperative issues, and reach a consensus view on how this should be addressed.
In 2011 the Royal College of Surgeons called for greater clarity in relation to the wide range of titles currently in use by practitioners assisting in surgery, stating that confusion as to their meaning could potentially be a safety risk for patients and clinical staff. In recognition of this, the PCC (Perioperative Care Collaborative) has reviewed the title, roles and responsibilities of the Advanced Scrub Practitioner (ASP). It has renamed the ASP the Surgical First Assistant.
Bariatric surgery is an effective treatment for the physical and psychological consequences of severe obesity and many of the medical conditions associated with it.
The purpose of this document is to protect patients from poor or unsafe practice. It is not a substitute for existing Clinical Governance frameworks within hospitals, but is intended to provide unambiguous guidance for Hospital Directors and their Medical Advisory Committees to assist them in the design of any proposed new bariatric service or in benchmarking an existing one.
The aim of this position statement by the Perioperative Care Collaborative (PCC) is to set out the principles and guidance relating to support workers in the scrub role.
The number of support staff employed within the National Health Service (NHS) and Independent Sector has increased rapidly in recent years across all elements of healthcare.
The SCP will be employed as a member of the surgical team answerable to the named consultant surgeon responsible for the patient. The SCP undertakes duties beyond that of an Advanced Scrub Practitioner (ASP).