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We host local conferences and events focusing on relevant topics for all grades of surgeon.  Details of upcoming and previous events are listed below:

  • Upcoming events in Wales in 2017, details to follow soon

  • Sustainable Surgery in Rural Wales, October 2016, Aberystwyth.


Mr Tim Havard, Director RCS Wales, and Miss Sue Hill, Council Member co-hosted the Sustainable Surgery in Rural Wales conference in collaboration with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. The conference was held at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre on 10 October 2016.



For details of all College events, please see the 2017 RCS Events Planner


What's happening

RCS Wales Board

The RCS Wales Board brings together local representatives to discuss issues concerning the delivery of surgical services and care in Wales. The Board is chaired by the Director, RCS Wales, Mr Tim Havard.


In Wales, the work of the Board differs to those in England. With the NHS in Wales and England becoming increasingly divergent systems as a result of devolution, the College works to engage closely with Welsh Government and NHS Wales to advance surgical standards and continue to improve the quality of health services and patient outcomes in Wales.


The Board in Wales meets around three times a year. The last meeting of the Board was Tuesday 13 June where we were joined by the Chair of the Parliamentary review of Health and Social Care, Dr Ruth Hussey and Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Chris Jones.


For further information please contact Alice Jones


RCS Wales Board Meetings 2017

  • 25 October
  • 6 December


Policy, public affairs and media

The College has been working hard to champion the issues affecting the surgical profession in Wales. Some of our recent policy, public affairs and media activity in Wales is outlined below.


The College has recently responded to the Parliamentary review of health and social care and will be working hard to engage on this important piece of work over the coming months. 


In 2015, the College published ‘The State of Surgery in Wales’ report which outlines positive aspects of surgery in Wales, as well as areas where there needs to be a focus on improving services. The report also makes several policy calls to the Welsh Government, including the need to prioritise reducing waiting times and the importance of improving the collection and publication of data in Wales. You can read the report in full here.


The Board in Wales has also recently submitted written evidence to the National Assembly for Wales’ Health, Social Care and Sport Committee’s inquiry into 'Medical Recruitment' and also its inquiry into 'Priorities for Health, Social Care and Sport Committee’.  


Recent and upcoming stakeholder meetings include with Welsh Government, Health Inspectorate Wales and the Deanery. There is also an ambitious programme of engagement with stakeholders and political figures drafted for the forthcoming fifth Assembly term.


Some of our recent media coverage includes commenting on the number of cancelled operationswaiting times and critical care bed capacity.


Mr Tim Havard has recently commented on waiting times in Wales and the location of the major trauma centre in South Wales.


The State of Surgery in Wales report also received widespread media coverage; it featured as the lead item on BBC Wales, on page two of The Daily Telegraph, and the Daily Mail also featured the report in an editorial. It was also debated in the National Assembly of Wales during First Minister’s Questions.


The Today programme carried an interview with Mr Tim Havard talking about the pressures in the NHS in Wales.


If there are additional issues and topics that you think we should be addressing or if you have any questions about our policy, public affairs and media activity in Wales please contact Alice Jones. 

Please contact your local Director or Policy Coordinator who will be happy to advise about activity in Wales.


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