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Cosmetic Surgery Data Set

The Royal College of Surgeons has published more information about the dataset and clinical outcome measures that all independent providers of cosmetic surgery must collect.

From January 2016, it will be a legal requirement for every provider of cosmetic surgery to collect a defined set of private patient episode data, as set out by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). This will enable the Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) to publish performance measures by procedure, at both hospital and consultant level, from April 2017.

Collecting this data will also enable providers to:

  • provide a more consistent audit and quality improvement;
  • capture more accurate information about the demographics of patients having cosmetic surgical procedures;
  • monitor activity and outcomes and changes over time;
  • support improved patient choice and informed decision making.

The Royal College of Surgeons is also asking providers to routinely collect Q-PROMs data on patients’ satisfaction with the outcomes of their cosmetic surgery.  This is for all patients receiving the following procedures:

  • abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
  • augmentation mammoplasty (breast enlargement)
  • blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
  • liposuction
  • rhinoplasty (cosmetic surgery to the nose)
  • rhytidectomy (face lift)

Q-PROMs are distinct from more general measures of satisfaction and experience, being procedure-specific, validated, and constructed to reduce bias effects.

The questionnaires should ideally be completed by the patient and collected pre- and post-operatively. The completed questionnaires should be scored and any changes between the scores can be attributed to the surgical intervention.

Surgeons can freely access the pre and post-operative Q-PROMs questionnaires, service user manuals, scoring tables and tools to support data analysis via the web link here.

If surgeons have any questions about this, they should email: cosmeticsurgerystandards@rcseng.ac.uk