Why should we measure outcomes? Because as Sir Bruce Keogh has said: "If you do not know what you are doing and how well you are doing it, you have no right to be doing it at all."
The audit will be for all pedicled and free flaps (skin and tissue is moved from one part of the body to another, for reconstruction after cancer treatment / trauma / infection, etc). It will be cross-speciality, including all surgeons in the UK who perform reconstructions. It will measure key performance indicators such as mortality, unplanned red-admission or return to theatre episodes, in addition to flap failure. Patients will also be asked to give their feedback through Patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) for breast reconstruction and lower limb reconstruction.
The aims are, once data has been collated over 2-3 years, to identify trends in treatment, improve standards and ultimately outcomes for patients.