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Core Competencies

Successful day surgery requires a day surgery team with the correct knowledge and skills to enable safe, early recovery and discharge but there is an absence of national guidance on supporting competencies.

Applying in-patient competency criteria is inappropriate as this pathway is not aimed at promoting early discharge.

This joint publication between the AfPP and BADS provides recommendations for core competencies for adult day surgery through (1) admission, (2) anaesthetic room, (3) theatres, (4) first-stage recovery and (5) second-stage recovery and discharge. They are relevant for staff new to or after a long absence from day surgery and acknowledge some members of the day surgery team may include non-registered practitioners. All can be used as a reference for workbook competency documents in place or in development.

This competency document is the first of a series of three. Paediatric and specialist core competencies for day surgery will be published later this year.

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Practice 2023. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored or
transmitted by any means without the prior permission on writing of The British Association
of Day Surgery and The Association for Perioperative Practice.

ISBN number: 978-1-908427-44-1

Marsden J, Stott D, Harries K, Jack C, Belfield F, Conquest A, Leyshon S, Russon K, Tibble R,
Wright R on behalf of the Council of the British Association of Day Surgery and the
Association of Perioperative Practice.