Abstract / Description of output
Leadership and working in teams are core aspects of surgical training and practice. They are highlighted in the General Medical Council’s ‘General Professional Capabilities’ framework, are a key part of the Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Programme, are included in Good Surgical Practice guidance published by the Royal College of Surgeons of England and are incorporated in the ‘Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons’ programme run by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Major healthcare failings, as detailed in a number of public inquiries, underline the importance of prioritising leadership and teamworking in current undergraduate and postgraduate surgical training. A growing body of research has helped to identify the positive attributes and behaviours that are central to leading and working in the surgical team effectively. Evidence-based tools are increasingly being used for training and assessment as well as ongoing reflective practice for surgeons at all stages of their careers. Surgeons have a duty to promote a safe and positive working environment that enhances the performance of the team and leads to high quality patient care.