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Consultant Outcomes Publication (COP)

The NHS is committed to making sure that there is more information available on how services and professionals are performing. This will have a two-fold effect in that it will improve the quality of care and also help patients to be able to make informed choices about their treatment. 

To support this aim, the Consultant Outcomes Publication (COP) has been introduced to publish quality measures at the level of individual consultant doctor using National Clinical Audit and administrative data.  Consultant Outcomes Publication began with 10 National Clinical Audits in 2013 and the information published is available on the NHS Choices website link below:

NHS Choices Consultant Outcomes Publication Website

In 2014, the original 10 areas will begin to expand the procedures and quality measures and 3 additional areas will also be added to the publication. The full list (including links to the relevant websites) of these can be found below:​

National Clinical Audit


Procedure included in COP


British association of Endocrine and Thyroid surgeons National Audit

​Thyroid and endocrine surgery

​Thyroidectomy, lobectomy, isthmusectomy

​British Association of Urological Surgeons

​Urological Surgery


​British Cardiovascular Intervention Society Audit of Adult Intervention

​Interventional cardiology

​Percutaneous Coronary Interventions

​British Society of Urogynaecology Audit Database


​Stress incontinence

​National Adult Cardiac Surgery Audit

​Adult cardiac surgery

​All cardiac surgery

​National Bariatric Surgery Register

​Bariatric surgery

​Gastric bypass, gastric banding, sleeve gastrostomy​

​National Bowel Cancer Audit

​Colorectal surgery

​Bowel tumour removal

​National Head and Neck Cancer Audit

​Head and neck surgery

​Head and neck cancer removal

​National Joint Registry

​Orthopaedic surgery

​Hip replacement, knee replacement, ankle replacement, elbow replacement, shoulder replacement

​National Lung Cancer Audit

​Lung Cancer

​Lung cancer surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy

​National Neurosurgery Audit Programme



​National Oesophago-Gastric Cancer Audit

​Upper-gastro intestinal surgery

​Stomach cancer removal, oesophageal cancer removal

​National Vascular Registry

​Vascular Surgery

​Abdominal aortic aneurism, carotid endarterectomy

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