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Patients to benefit as Yorkshire School of Surgery opens

21 April 2008

Ensuring the surgeons of the future have the best skills and that the needs of patients are met across Yorkshire is the aim of an event held on Friday (April 18) in York by the Royal College of Surgeons marking the opening of a new school of surgery for the region.

The new school of surgery will, for the first time, give Yorkshire a centralised point for recruitment and training of surgeons – helping to ensure consist high quality for patients.

“Yorkshire is already one of the leading regions of the country for training of surgeons, the development of the school will enable us to maintain those standards and improve further,” said newly appointed head of school, David Wilkinson. “In the past, training was the responsibility of each individual health Trust. The new school can identify gaps in need across the area and work with Trusts to ensure that surgeons are trained to provide the different types of surgery required in places where the local community need them.”

The inaugural education conference aims to update Yorkshire consultant surgeons and other local surgical trainers on the latest national curriculum and exchange ideas on how to give their trainees the best skills.

Local Surgeon Chris Munsch is also the Chair of the National Joint Committee for Surgical Training (JCST) who added: “This event is about consistent and high quality training and will enable local consultants to provide the next generation of surgeons with the latest and best techniques for the benefit of their patients.”


Photographs of the event are available – please contact the RCS press office.






Notes to Editors

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