Coress Terms of Use

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The purpose of CORESS is to promote safety in surgical practice, both within the NHS and in the independent sector. CORESS is a new, educational service entirely owned and operated by the professional bodies of UK and Irish surgery. It is sponsored by the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland and aims to serve all surgical disciplines by:
  • Analysing safety-related reports which would not otherwise be available.
  • At all times keeping the identity of the reporter confidential.
  • Publishing ‘Lessons learned’ feedback commentary in the surgical literature.
  • In using this website you accept these objectives and undertake not to use the information contained on this website in a manner inconsistent with those objectives.

General Conditions

As part of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ASGBI), CORESS makes every effort to ensure that the information published on this website is accurate. However, no liability can be accepted for the accuracy or content. Visitors who rely on this information do so at their own risk.

This website may contain links to other websites. ASGBI/CORESS accepts no responsibility or liability in respect of the operation and/or content of other websites linked to this website.

At any time ASGBI/CORESS may, without notice, modify these Conditions and where this is the case will place the new version on the website. Your continued use of the website constitutes your agreement to these modified terms and conditions.

ASGBI/CORESS makes no representation that any Content of this website is suitable for use outside of the UK and access to it from territories where the Content is illegal is prohibited. If you choose to access this website from outside the UK you do so on your own initiative and are responsible for compliance with applicable local laws.

Any failure by ASGBI/CORESS to exercise any right under these Conditions shall not constitute a waiver of such right unless formally waived in writing by ASGBI/CORESS.

English law governs these Conditions, and your use of this website, and you submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.


Copyright and Neighbouring Rights

The material featured on this site is subject to copyright protection unless otherwise indicated. The copyright protected material (other than logos) may be reproduced free of charge in any format or medium for research, private study or for internal circulation within an organisation. This is subject to the material being reproduced accurately and not used in a misleading context.

Where any of the copyright items on this site are being republished or copied to others, the source of the material must be identified.

The permission to reproduce material does not extend to anything on this site identified as being the copyright of a third party. Authorisation to reproduce such material must be obtained from the copyright holders concerned.


The copying and use of all/any CORESS logo and Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland logo is not permitted without prior approval of ASGBI/CORESS. Permission requests should be directed to The Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland.

Virus Protection

ASGBI/CORESS makes every effort to check and test material at all stages of production. It is always wise for users to run an anti-virus program on all material downloaded from the Internet.
ASGBI/CORESS cannot accept any responsibility for any loss, disruption or damage to your data or your computer system which may occur whilst using material from this website.

Data Protection Act 1998

The Data Protection Act 1998 establishes rights for individuals who disclose personal information to any organisation for any purposes involving processing of that information. Any organisation which processes information about living individuals is a data controller for the purposes of the Act. A data controller is required by the Act to ensure that the data subject is provided with, or has made readily available to him, certain specified information including the data controller's identity and the purpose for which the data are intended to be processed.

The data controller in relation to this web site is The Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland. The purposes for which the data are intended to be processed are to provide analysis and feedback and allow communication during this process. In all cases, personal data is deleted when the process is completed. Cookies are pieces of data often created when you visit a website. Cookies do not create a record on the CORESS website or its computers and, thus, they do not contain any personal information about you.

As a data subject, you have various rights under the Act, including a right of access to any personal data being held about you. CORESS will supply you with details of personal data we are holding about you if you submit a written request by e-mail (subject “access request").



Who can report?

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

How do I report?

Reports can be submitted online through this site. They can also be made by mail, using the Reporting Form which can be downloaded from this website.

What do I report?

We are interested in any safety-related incident involving yourself, other people, 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 may often be learned from incidents which 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.

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 may be published in the surgical literature.

Is my report secure?

CORESS would like to hear from you when you are concerned to protect your identity but anonymous reports are not normally accepted. However, confidentiality is fundamental to the concept of the CORESS service. On receipt of your report, identifying data are removed and it is transferred to a standalone computer with no wired or wireless connections to any network. Identifying data is available to the Programme Director and System Manager only. The reporter will be informed of the proposed outcome. The original report will then be returned to the reporter and all identifying data securely deleted from the CORESS system before any feedback publication. 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) existing merely to provide a safety information service to and on behalf of the surgical community. The Freedom of Information Act therefore does not apply to CORESS.

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