The Royal College of Surgeons provides post-graduate surgical training and examinations. Trainees usually train for a minimum of five years, with exams after the second and fifth years. The first two years of training are common for all candidates, for the following three years candidates follow one of seven different specialties.
Trainees are required to keep a logbook in which they must record all of the operations they perform during the period of their training. They record the date, the type of operation, patient information, what role they played in the operation (performed, assisted etc.) and who they were supervised by. Their supervisor then signs off on each operation.
Before we completed this project, trainee surgeons used an entirely paper based system with errors in data entry, lack of visibility, missing records, compliance issues and issues with data security and integrity.