MP calls for safer surgery

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FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has backed a new campaign to improve surgical safety.

The campaign, by the Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP) aims to create a more consistent approach to supporting continuing professional development (CPD) beyond mandatory NHS training.

It follows an event run by the charity – which provides training and education to practitioners working in surgical settings – in the Houses of Parliament last week.

As part of the event, MP’s were given an insight into infection prevention and had the opportunity to discuss the vital issue of safer surgery directly with members of a theatre team.

Mark Menzies said: “I’m very supportive of this initiative which focuses on such important issues as safer surgery.  The NHS is currently undergoing a considerable re-assessment of its working practices and this campaign very much compliments that drive.”

The reception was the highlight of AfPP’s Perioperative Week, which incorporated a nationwide series of events raising the profile of perioperative teams’ roles in patient safety and quality of care.

AfPP president Tracy Coates added: “As a charity focused heavily on supporting practitioners working in surgical settings, AfPP is most concerned that the ability of healthcare staff to undertake CPD is sometimes confused with mandatory NHS training which does not always provide the  personal and clinical support and development to keep pace with the demanding perioperative environment.

“We’re delighted that Mark Menzies MP has expressed support for our campaign and look forward to working more closely

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