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What the College does for you

The College does a great deal to support its fellows and members in their professional activities. In pursuit of the College’s aim, the President and Trustees, supported by the College staff:

  • Provide strategic leadership by engaging at the highest level with government, the Department of Health, national and local commissioners, trusts, and regulatory and professional bodies to influence national healthcare policy
  • Produce and circulate a regular output of policy documents that help shape health services at national and local level
  • Have developed and are constantly updating, in partnership with the sister colleges and the specialist associations, the Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Programme
  • Offer a full programme of educational activities ranging from basic skills courses to advanced specialist masterclasses
  • Provide professional leadership for local surgeons to access informal advice and support through the regional Professional Affairs Boards
  • Play a central role in the advisory appointments committee process ensuring that appointed consultants are fully trained and competent
  • Offer a wide range of research and travelling fellowships, scholarships and grants, and other awards

Additionally, the College:

  • Maintains an extensive network of communications with fellows and members, including regional representatives and coordinators, and a comprehensive and regularly updated website and enewsletter
  • Provides a wide range of facilities for individual fellows and members, ranging from electronic library and information services and accommodation on its premises to the provision of a confidential advice and support service

Currently, the President and others are centrally involved in initiatives to:

  • Ensure fellows and members are prepared for the introduction of medical revalidation
  • Promote surgeons as the source of advice and guidance on the commissioning of both local and national surgical services
  • Influence effective reconfiguration of services at national and local level
  • Promote patient safety as a cornerstone of good surgical practice
  • Seek flexibility at European and national levels for surgery from the European Working Time Regulations
  • Establish a professional voice for surgery in Health Education England and local education and training boards

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