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Northern Ireland

Regional highlights




We host local conferences and events focusing on relevant topics for all grades of surgeon.  Details of events in 2017 will be published soon.


For details of all College events, please see the RCS Events Planner.


What's happening in your region

RCS Northern Ireland Board

The RCS Northern Ireland Board brings together local representatives to discuss issues concerning the delivery of surgical services and care in the region, and is chaired by the Director, RCS Northern Ireland. The Board will next meet on November 17th 2017 in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Belfast. Date and agenda will follow.


In Northern Ireland, the work of the Board differs to those in England. Devolution has delivered increasingly divergent systems across the 4 UK nations. A core priority for the Northern Ireland Board is to strengthen relationships between surgeons and policy makers to advance surgical standards and continue to improve the quality of local health services and patient outcomes. This priority will be reflected in the focus of upcoming meetings where we expect to engage regularly with HSC management colleagues, elected representatives and government officials.


The Board in Northern Ireland is striving to find ways to improve our communication with colleagues and will provide regular updates on these pages of the College website. If you have any suggestions for improving local communication please contact Susan Kelly, your Northern Ireland Policy & Public Affairs Manager.


Should you wish to know more about the Board or how to get involved please contact Susan Kelly.


Policy and public affairs


With the appointment Simon MacGowan and Susan Kelly in 2015, the College has developed and refined a Northern Ireland strategy which will see a more proactive approach to engaging with Government.


Our key policy and public affairs focus until the end of 2017 will be to continue working closely with senior NI HSC stakeholders and to pay close attention to local waiting times, which continue to deteriorate. Earlier this year, the NI Board responded to key consultations issued as part of the wider reform programme, ensuring the Royal College of Surgeons is shaping the forward agenda. More recently, the NI Board was invited to join the Department sponsored Elective Care Centre Task & Finish group which reports to the Transformation and Implementation Group (TIG). In late April, our Regional Specialty Professional Advisors (RSPAs) for orthopaedics, general surgery, vascular and plastic surgery gathered and shared the views of their specialty colleagues on what an appropriate delivery model might look like. The recommendations for urology, paediatric surgery, ENT and neurosurgery will be shared with the Elective Care Centre task & Finish group at a future date.


Post UK elections, we look forward to the resumption of the work of the local executive and to continuing our engagement with elected representatives, to shape the detail and implementation of the reform agenda set out in the Minister’s strategy paper, Health & Wellbeing 2016: Delivering Together. 


Through the RCS Northern Ireland Board, our RSPA’s and senior colleagues, the College will engage with senior HSC stakeholders to ensure that the voice of Northern Ireland surgeons, seeking the best for their patients, is well represented in the discussions that lie ahead. Waiting time pressures, commissioning, and the potential consequences of Brexit on cross border/ All Island services and training will continue to be priority areas for the College in the coming year.


If you’d like to learn more about our priorities or contribute to the ongoing strategy development please contact Simon MacGowan or Susan Kelly.


Regional Vacancies


Education and Training

Support for Surgeons

If you would like to discuss how the College can help you, please speak your local Director, RCS Northern Ireland who will be happy to advise. 


We have also listed some helpful resources below:


Guidance and Standards

Good Surgical Practice guides:


    Support for Organisations

    If you would like to discuss any of the services below, please contact your local Director or Policy & Public Affairs Manager who will be happy to advise.



    Support for Medical Students and Foundation Doctors

    If you would like to discuss any of the services below, please contact your local Policy & Public Affairs Manager who will be happy to advise.


    Useful links

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