The Royal College of Surgeons is a leading provider of surgical education, running courses in over 100 centres regionally and internationally. A robust quality assurance mechanism underpins the development, monitoring and review of these courses to assure that RCS courses are of the highest educational quality in design and delivery.
In order to assist with the development and quality assurance of educational short courses (five days or less) in surgery or allied health professions, the RCS has developed its course accreditation and monitoring processes.
Course Accreditation is the highest form of recognition that the RCS can grant for an educational course. It will ensure that a course has been developed in line with the criteria and standards used for developing RCS courses and that the educational content, the teaching methods and the learning aims, and learning outcomes are sound. Course accreditation is awarded for three years following a successful panel visit to view the course in delivery. Any accreditation is subject to satisfactory annual monitoring and review.
Benefits of Course Accreditation
Having a course accredited will demonstrate that the course meets the standards as defined by the Royal College of Surgeons and that it offers a high-quality learning experience. Recognition of these factors may assist in attracting course delegates. Accredited courses will also receive the following benefits:
- Peer review from a panel of leading surgeons
- Use of the RCS logo on course materials and website
- Use of the strap line ‘Accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England’
- Listing on RCS Website
- Listing on RCS Accreditation Portal
- Listing in RCS Bulletin
- Use of RCS online participant evaluation, SCOPE
- Applicable courses will be awarded with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points as part of Course Accreditation
Who can apply
Course Accreditation is designed for short courses of up to and including five days in length. Any organiser or provider of educational or scientific courses which aid the development of competent surgeons or those from allied health professions can apply for Course Accreditation. However, only courses which can produce evidence of positive feedback for the past two years, or which have received Course Approval from the RCS are eligible for Course Accreditation. Newly established courses, and courses that have limited participant feedback will first be required to undergo the RCS Course Approval process. The Criteria and Standards for Course Accreditation can be reviewed on the RCS Accreditation Portal.
How to apply
In order to apply, a course organiser must register with the RCS Accreditation Portal and complete an application under 'Short Course'. The RCS fee structure for Course Accreditation and further information about the process can be reviewed on the RCS A .
|London Colorectal Ltd||Transanal Haemorrhoidal Dearterialisation Course||Mr Pasquale Giodano, Consultant Surgeon and Senior Lecturer|
|Welsh Institute for Minimal Access Therapy (WIMAT)||Various, please see full list||Ms Kelly Westlake, Senior Course Coordinator|
|Newcastle Surgical Training Centre||Various, please see full list||Mr Alan Horgan, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon|
|Warrington & Halton NHS Foundation Trust||Anaesthesia, Trauma and Critical Care course||Dr Mark Forrest, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care|
|Royal Preston Hospital
||Mr Mark Pimblett, Human Patient Simulation Manager
|Barnet & Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust
||Mr Colin Elton, Consultant General & Colorectal Surgeon
|Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust||Trauma and Burns Course||Ms Eve Savage, Medical Education Manager|
|Imperial College London||Human Factors and Teamwork in the Operating Theatre||Miss Louise Hull, Imperial College Research Fellow|
|Kings College London Student Surgical Society||Making the Cut: Getting into Core Surgical Training||Mr Daniel Butler, Core Surgical Trainee|
|University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Trust||Basic Cardiac Surgical Skills Wetlab course||Ms Bhuvaneswari Bibleraaj, Lead Surgical Care Practitioner|
|Guys & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust||St Thomas' Cadaveric Hand Trauma Course||Mr Jamil Ahmed, Associate Specialist in Plastic and Hand Surgery|
|Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust||Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery Practical Training Course||Mr Matthew Tutton, Consultant Laparoscopic and General Surgeon|
|Ashford & St Peter's NHS Trust||The Chertsey Ilizarov Course||Mr Arshad Khaleel, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon|
|Severn Deanery School of Surgery||Severn Deanery Upper Limb Trauma Course||Mr James Richard Alexander Smith, Course Organiser|
|The Sheffield Anorectal Ultrasound Course||Sheffield Teaching Hospitals||Mr Keith Chapple, Consultant General Surgeon|