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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 organise the regional heats of the competition from October 2019 - January 2020. The final will be held on a Saturday in London in February / March 2020.  

Organisers can be any career grade and belong to any surgical speciality but they MUST be a member or affiliate member of the RCS. If you would be interested in being involved in the final, please email for more information. 

We will be looking for judges for the final in Spring 2020 later this year. 


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


Regional heats 2019-2020 

We are looking for organisers for heats in the following regions. Dates, times and contact details will be displayed on this page for competitors. 


 East of England
 Yorkshire and the Humber
 East Midlands
 West Midlands
 North West
 North East
 Kent, Surrey, Sussex
 Oxford / Thames Valley 
 Northern Ireland 


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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