Publications/Guidance

Guidance for doctors who offer cosmetic interventions. Doctors who carry out cosmetic procedures must advertise and market their services responsibly, give patients time to change their mind and prioritise patient safety, as set out in new guidance from the General Medical Council (GMC). The guidance has been produced following a review of the cosmetic industry in England. It comes into force from June 2016, and covers both surgical (eg breast augmentation) and non-surgical (eg Botox) procedures. 

Professional standards for cosmetic surgery This guidance has been updated with the aim of improving patient safety and standards within the cosmetic surgery industry. It stipulates that only surgeons with the appropriate training and experience should undertake cosmetic surgery and outlines the ethics and behaviour expected of cosmetic surgeons. It supplements new guidance produced by the General Medical Council today for all doctors who carry out cosmetic intervention and is intended to be read alongside this guidance. 

Patterns of maternity care in English NHS hospitals 2013-14. This report from the Clinical Indicators Project presents 18 indicators that can be used to compare the performance of English NHS trusts in maternity care. It shows substantial variation in practice between NHS trusts in England and it makes a number of key recommendations to NHS trusts, commissioners and researchers.

CQC review of how NHS trusts investigate and learn from deaths. Following the Government's response to a report into deaths of persons with mental health problems in contact with Southern Health Foundations NHS foundation trust, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is to carry out a review of the quality of practice by NHS trusts when investigating such deaths. The review will also focus on how trusts can learn from the deaths of those with learning disabilities and mental health issues.

Medicines – Packaging, labelling and patient information leaflets. Medicine guidance regarding packaging, labelling and patient information leaflets (PILs) has been updated by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). A new section on safety feature legislation, especially on the unique identifier and tamper feature, has been added.

Transfers of premature and sick babies. This report highlights the challenges faced by neonatal transport services in the UK. Findings reveal that these essential services are often under-staffed, under-resourced and part-time. It shows that in a one week snapshot, half of the neonatal transport services across the UK reported gaps in their rota.