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RCS Surgical Skills Competition: Are You Cut Out For It? 

Boost your CV and be in with the chance to win £1,500.

Are You Cut Out For It? is our national surgical skills competition for Core Trainees (CT2s) who are members or affiliate members of the Royal College of Surgeons.

Would you like to partake in a creative competition that encompasses fun, teamwork and competition as tools for learning? A competition that is free to join with the opportunity to win a share of £1,500 and set your CV apart at ST3 application level? Our RCS approved surgical skills competition gives you just that.

Get involved

We are currently recruiting volunteers to help judge the final of the competition in spring 2020. The final will be held on a Saturday in London. 

If you are a consultant in general, trauma and orthopaedics, plastics or any other surgical speciality and would be interested in being involved in the final, please email for more information. 


Trainees compete in pairs for a chance to win a share of £1,500 and the prestigious Louis Solomon Knights Award for Surgical Skills, as well as RCS affiliate membership for a year.

We are currently finalising the dates for 2019-2020 regional heats. If you are interested in organising a regional heat, please contact

Heats were held on the following dates and locations in 2018:

Regional heats 2018-2019

 Region  Date  Start time  Location Contact
 East of England  Tuesday 27 November 1pm   Deakin Centre, Addenbrooke's Hospital  Niro Kumar
 Yorkshire and the Humber  Wednesday 28 November  3pm  Bradford Royal Infirmary   Amarvir Bilkhu 
 East Midlands  Saturday 1 December 9am  University Hospitals of Leicester   Amar Kourdouli 
 West Midlands  Tuesday 4 December  4pm  Education Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham  Sona Singh
 Wessex  Wednesday 5 December   6.30pm  VIMARS Suite, Queen Alexandra Hospital Portsmouth  John Knight
 Severn  Thursday 6 December  6pm  Brunel Building, Southmeade Hospital  James Olivier
 North West  Wednesday 12 December  5.30pm  Postgraduate Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital   Susan Walsh
 London  Thursday 13 December  5.30pm  Medical Education Centre, Queens Hospital  James Walmsley
 North East  Thursday 13 December  6.30pm  Dinwoodie Assessment Medical Education Centre (DASH)  Prateek Saxena
 Kent, Surrey, Sussex  Friday 14 December  12pm  Simulation Suite, Princess Royal Hospital  Chris To
 Peninsula  Monday 17 December  12pm University Hospital Plymouth 
 George Crome
 Wales  Monday 17 December  12pm  University Hospital of Wales  Alethea Tang
 Oxford  Thursday 20 December  TBC  Postgraduate Education Centre, Stoke Mandeville Hospital Ryan Kerstein


Certificates for attending, winning and running this competition are approved by the RCS and will be sure to set you apart from your peers.

Winners from each heat will be entered into the final which will take place in London in spring 2020.


The RCS will offer support to everyone interested in assisting with hosting a regional heat for Are You Cut Out For It? including:

  • matching up volunteers from within the same region
  • providing a guide for how to organise a regional heat
  • providing template documents (invitation letters, mark schemes, thank you letters, certificates of participation)
  • central promotion for regional heats on the RCS website and social media

The RCS may be able to provide some equipment for the skills competition heat. We will also provide all organisers with formal thank you letters for your portfolios.

Information on the competition in 2020 will be advertised here and in our newsletter in due course. 

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