Updated Quality Standards – Theatre and Anaesthetic Services

The QRS Quality Standards – Theatre and Anaesthetic Services V3 are now published. You will find a link to request access from our standards page. Standards

These updated Quality Standards for Theatre and Anaesthetic Services are based on national guidance and reflect the experience of using the Quality Standards between 2013 to 2018. The Quality Standards were first revised in 2017 to take account of later guidance and were circulated for comment within the West Midlands and comments received taken into account.

The Standards were due for review in December 2020 but due to the Covid -19 pandemic, this suite of QS were revised to reflect changes in guidance, in particular the National Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures (NatSSIPs) report (NHSE updated 2019), the Royal College of Anaesthetists Guidelines (2019-20) and Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch National Learning Report (2021). In light of this, the next formal review will be undertaken in 18 months rather than three years.

We are grateful to Mr Matthew Revell, Executive Medical Director and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust who provided advice to the QRS team during the revision of these Quality Standards.