Coress Reporting



Who can report?

Any surgeon, surgical trainee, or theatre staff can submit reports in confidence to CORESS, irrespective of specialty.

How do I report?
Reports can be submitted online through this website. Simply download the Reporting Form, complete and send to CORESS using the “Submit Form Online” tab.  Alternatively, you could return the Reporting Form by post to the address at the bottom of this page.

What do I report?
CORESS are interested in any safety-related incident involving you, your colleagues, your hospital or other organisations that you deal with. Incidents may be diagnostic or operative errors, technical or maintenance failures, regulatory or procedural aspects or unsafe practices/protocols.

What not to report?
There is no educational value in incidents where no lesson can be learned. Therefore, incidents with no safety content, issues involving conflicts of personalities and problems involving industrial relations or terms and conditions of employment are not, generally, useful.

When do I report?
CORESS is complimentary, not an alternative, to other incident reporting requirements, statutory or otherwise. Useful lessons can often be learned from incidents that do not result in adverse consequences and may only be known to the reporter. CORESS is a service provided by surgeons for surgeons and would like to hear about any safety-related issue from which lessons can be learned.

Why should I report?
Reporting to CORESS means that your peers will learn valuable safety lessons from your incident, and will ultimately help to ensure these errors are not repeated.  Reporters also receive a certificate for their contribution, which can be in appraisals and to demonstrate your commitment to safety in the profession.  

What happens to my report?
When all identifiable data has been removed, your report is reviewed by experts in the appropriate specialty. If useful lessons can be learned an unidentifiable version will be published in surgical literature.

Is my report secure?
CORESS would like to hear from you if you are concerned to protect your identity but anonymous reports are not normally accepted.  Confidentiality is, however, fundamental to the concept of the CORESS. On receipt of your report, all identifying data is removed and it is transferred to a standalone computer with no wired or wireless connections to any network. Identifying data is only ever available to the Programme Director and System Manager. All identifying data is securely deleted before analysis, discussion and publication of reports.

The Freedom of Information Act applies to government departments in the public sector and some private sector organisations carrying out duties on behalf of government, including the privatised utilities.  CORESS is an independent charity (charity number 1134175) and exists only to provide a safety information service to and on behalf of the surgical community. The Freedom of Information Act does not apply to CORESS.

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