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We thank Professor Youngson et al 1 for their interest in our work2 and their comments calling for greater standardisation in medical non-technical skills (NTS) teaching.
We are pleased that Professor Youngson agrees with our conclusion about the need for better cooperation and communication between specialties on how such training and assessment should be carried out. We are also delighted to acknowledge the important work being carried out by the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) (RCSEd) and the University of Aberdeen on the development of Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons (NOTSS), and are of course aware of the paper by Crossley et al.3
Although much excellent work has been done, we still maintain that more might be done …