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The value of personal professional monitoring performance data and open disclosure policies in anaesthetic practice: a case report
  1. S Bolsin,
  2. R Solly,
  3. A Patrick
  1. Department of Perioperative Medicine, Anaesthesia & Pain Management, The Geelong Hospital, Geelong, Victoria 3220, Australia
  1. Correspondence to:
 Associate Professor S N Bolsin, Department of Perioperative Medicine, Anaesthesia & Pain Management, The Geelong Hospital, Barwon Health, Ryrie Street, Geelong, Victoria 3220, Australia; 


A case is reported in which routine detailed trainee performance monitoring data collected as part of a personal professional monitoring programme were used to help justify to a patient and relatives the unforeseeable nature of a rare complication of a procedure. The data also supported the decision to allow the trainee to undertake the procedure. The personal professional monitoring programme conforms to the highest standards of clinical governance for trainees, consultants, departments, hospitals, and professional colleges. Data from the programme are fed back to the trainees and used to guide training requirements and to provide objective evidence of trainee assessments, practical ability, and competence.

  • medical indemnity
  • open disclosure
  • performance monitoring
  • anaesthesia
  • training

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  • Conflict of interest: Associate Professor S Bolsin and Dr A Patrick are directors of Personal Professional Monitoring Pty Ltd, a ‘not for profit’ company set up to promote effective performance monitoring of anaesthetic trainees in Australia.

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