The Education Centre at the Royal College of Surgeons houses state-of-the-art education and training facilities. These facilities include the Wolfson Surgical Skills Centre, Lumley and Newman Demonstration Rooms, Skills Unit, Team Skills Training Theatre and Debrief room. The centre also has seminar rooms, a lecture theatre and a refreshment area all situated on the same floor.
The state-of-the-art centre allows trainees, consultants and other medical staff to use the latest technology to practice and develop their skills and to understand the importance of surgical training to patient safety.
The Wolfson Surgical Skills Centre is one of the UK's largest cadaveric dissection facilities, equipped for use of embalmed and unembalmed cadavers to simulate specific operations. Alongside this are the Lumley and Newman Demonstration Rooms in which tissue can also be used in a more intimate and intensive setting.
The Skills Unit can be utilised for skills based training and minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery skills
The clinical skills unit and team skills training theatre can be combined to simulate critical incidents and major disaster scenarios such as road traffic accidents and life-threatening anaesthetic or surgical complications. The scenarios can be set up while experts observe and provide feedback to the theatre team.
Until recently, RCS Education training courses largely utilised embalmed cadavers via a soft-fix method. Although this method provides longevity, it can distort some organ and tissue structures, diminishing the benefits for an in-depth study of anatomy. Unembalmed has the capacity to greatly enhance anatomy training and procedural simulation because it more closely represents the anatomical structure of living tissue.
In recognition of this, a £1.4m surgical training facility was built and completed in 2012, ensuring all courses which have previously used embalmed (soft-fix) cadavers are now using unembalmed material; the best type of tissue for the objectives to be achieved.
Hiring the Surgical Facilities
The Education Centre is a high quality learning centre and a venue that is ideally suited for the introduction of new techniques and technologies, product launches and the training and development of surgeons and other healthcare staff.
To hire the surgical facilities, please download and complete the attached form, giving us as many details as possible. Once we have received your external course request form we will contact you to discuss your requirements in more detail and to confirm availability of the rooms.
The use of the workshops is subject to availability and approval of the course specification, especially around any requirements relating to the use of cadaveric materials which is governed by the Human Tissue Act.
To discuss your requirements in more detail, please contact Laura De Vries or telephone 020 7869 6300
Other College Facilities
The College has a number of other purpose-built conference and seminar rooms, including two modern and extremely well-equipped lecture theatres seating 300 people and 125 people respectively, and offering the latest technology in audio-visual presentation equipment.
Please contact the Facilties Department for further details.