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RCS England ambassador scheme

2022–23 pilot scheme

Are you a Core Surgical Trainee looking for more personal and professional development opportunities? We’re piloting a brand new ambassador scheme in four regions across the UK. Members, including affiliate members, based in the North West, Yorkshire & the Humber, the East of England and London will be able to apply for this exciting new programme from September 2021.

This is a unique opportunity to gain leadership experience and engage with College activities ahead of specialty selection. If you are a Core Surgical Trainee, or in an equivalent run-through programme, and would like to apply, please first read the job description and person specification

Submit your application via our online form.

Not yet an affiliate member? Join today! Please contact us at OutreachNorth@rcseng.ac.uk with any questions.

Key Dates

  • The deadline for applications is 4 October 2021. Candidates will be notified of the outcome of shortlisting within two weeks of the closing date.
  • Interviews will be held via Microsoft Teams in November 2021.
  • The tenure of the ambassadors will be from January 2022 to June 2023.

What are the aims of the trainee ambassador scheme

  • To support the development of ambassadors' people skills, and provide them with opportunities to stand out ahead of specialty selection.
  • To provide ambassadors with opportunities to network and build relationships with trainee surgeons from other regions.
  • To develop RCS England’s regional networks by working with schools, colleges, sixth-form students and medical students.
  • To promote surgery as a career through regional and national activities.
  • To support the development of ambassador’s organisation and leadership skills, through an end of year event, which ambassadors will be expected to organise and run.
  • To create opportunities to highlight the outstanding work that core trainees are currently doing.
  • To create a dialogue between Core Surgical Trainees and RCS England to ensure that the College is aware of any issues that are of concern.
  • To encourage Core Surgical Trainees to have further involvement with the College.
  • To increase overall engagement with our members and potential members.

What will ambassadors be expected to do

In this role, you will work with the RCS England Outreach team to support the College’s relationship with its current and future members. You will be expected to support and manage a series of career events and activities aimed at sixth-form and college students, medical students and foundation doctors.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • To attend induction and training sessions relevant to role.
  • To represent RCS England at regional events.
  • To support RCS England careers events; for example regional careers workshops.
  • To promote careers in surgery via school visits and talks.
  • To collaborate with RCS England’s networks e.g. student surgical societies.
  • To actively promote the work of RCS England in supporting Core Surgical Trainees.
  • To offer support and advice about RCS England to peers.
  • To provide support at either the Interview Skills Workshop in December or the ‘Are you cut out for it?’ Surgical Skills Competition for CT2s (which runs with regional heats from October to the national final in the spring).
  • To work with other ambassadors to organise and run a national conference at the end of the programme.
  • To work with other ambassadors to run a support session for foundation doctors who are preparing for the Core Surgical Training process.
  • To promote and adhere to the equality and diversity policy at all times.

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