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Surgeons & Trainees

The Royal College of Surgeons enables surgeons to achieve and maintain the highest standards of patient care by providing training and professional support throughout their careers. Find out how we do this, including our services supporting surgeons and their employers, our guidance on clinical policy and working practices, training and research. You can access information about careers in surgery, our education courses and membership of the College

Your Portfolio

The Surgeons' Portfolio will assist you with revalidation. It provides a secure online tool for your appraisal, and enables you to control the information you collect, report and manage. It is free-of-charge to RCS members and can be accessed via the Members' Area.

Members' Area

Join the National Surgical Fellowship Scheme

The Royal College of Surgeons and the Surgical Specialty Associations have established a National Surgical Fellowship Scheme to manage, quality assure and publicly recognise fellowship posts in the UK. Any trust, fellowship organiser or lead trainer responsible for running a fellowship in the UK can apply for Fellowship Approval.


Invited Review Mechanism (IRM)

The College is committed to supporting employers in resolving concerns about individual surgeons or surgical units. Through the IRM, the College can provide a fair, independent and professional review process to determine whether there is a cause for concern and make recommendations for improvement.

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All about Revalidation

Revalidation affects all doctors who wish to practice medicine in the UK. Every five years doctors will need to show that they are still fit to practise. This section provides you with information about the process and what you need to do to ensure you are ready.

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