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Surgical Workload Outcomes Audit Database.


NHS England’s National Clinical Improvement Programme is introducing a surgeon’s outcome dashboard based on HES data. This will be free of charge to surgeons and will be introduced in 2019. For more information on this, please go to¬†

In view of this and the low number of subscribers, the BAPS Executive has taken the decision to terminate our contract with SWORD effective immediately. For any queries, please contact

SWORD (Surgical Workload, Outcomes and Research Database)

The Surgical Workload Outcomes and Research Database (SWORD) is an internet-based web tool which runs on HES data and identifies all NHS operations performed in England. Its premise is to use national datasets to identify commonly performed procedures and provides a mechanism that moves away from self-reported databases that have seen problems of low-uptake and selective reporting.

The data on the website is updated quarterly and is only accessible to Consultant members of the specialist surgical societies partaking in the programme. Definitions and code sets to identify procedures has been agreed and validated with a representative of each society.

The data is sorted by Consultant attribution (i.e. all work performed in your name) and allows users to see activity using a mixture of a standard dashboard data (e.g. re-operation rates, readmission rates, length of stay, day case rates) and data related specifically to that procedure. You will also be able to compare yourself to your peers locally and also to the national averages.

Identifiable Consultant level data can only be seen by the individual responsible and cannot be seen by any other user. In the Consultant view you will also be able to screen print summary sheets of your activity for that year for your appraisal folder.