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RCS England 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 of England (RCS England). Would you like to partake in a creative competition that encompasses fun 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 England approved surgical skills competition gives you just that.


Trainees compete in pairs for a chance to win a share of £1,500 and the prestigious Louis Solomon Knights Award for Surgical Skills. Competitors must be in their second year of core training and members or affiliate members of RCS England. If you would like to compete, please join now.

Although CT1 trainees cannot compete, they can participate by organising their local heat. Certificates for attending, winning and running this competition are approved by RCS England and will be sure to set you apart from your peers.

Winners from each heat will be entered into the final where they will go head to head with top competing pairs from the other regions.

Regional heats 2022–23

We are delighted to announce dates for the 2022–23 competition. The heats will be held in person regionally from October 2022 to February 2023.The tasks will aim to assess your surgical skills as well as your knowledge and application of surgical principles. 

  • East Midlands: Friday 9 December 2022, Education Centre, Royal Derby Hospital. To register please email Chinedu Egu
  • East of England: Friday 16 December 2022, Simulation Centre at Addenbrooke's Hospital. To register please email Raisa Bushra or Arturs Fedotovs
  • KSS: provisional date Friday 13 January 2023, Redhill Hospital. To register please email Kevin Beatson
  • London: Thursday 8 December 2022, Education Centre at Queen’s Hospital, Romford. To register please email Richard Boulton 
  • North East: Date and Location TBC.
  • North West: Wednesday 23 November 2022, Education and Reseach Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital. To register please email Sabeen Akhtar or Susan Walsh
  • Northern Ireland: Friday 20 January 2023, Kingsbridge Training Academy. To register please email Mark Taylor.
  • Oxford: Monday 14 November 2022, John Radcliffe Hospital. To register please email Jerocin Vishani Loyala
  • Peninsula: Date and Location TBC.
  • Scotland: Saturday 21 January 2023, The Golden Jubilee National Hospital (Glasgow). To register please email Ramesh Krishnan 
  • Severn: Date and Location TBC.
  • Wales: Friday 6 December 2022, Morriston Hospital Swansea. To register please email Bappy Basak
  • Wessex: Friday 25 November 2022, VIMARS at the Queen Alexandra Hospital. To register please email Katie Seeley
  • West Midlands: Friday 13 January 2023, Russell Hall Hospital (Dudley). To register please email Michael Wall
  • Yorkshire & the Humber: Wednesday 30 November 2022, Surgical Skills Centre in Field House (Bradford). To register please email George Greenlees or Annabel Howitt
The winners of the local competitions will go on to compete in the national final on Saturday 22 April 2023 at the College in London.


Volunteer as a judge at our 2022–23 final

We are looking for plastics, trauma and orthopaedics and general surgery consultants to act as judges at the competition final on Saturday 22 April 2023. If you are interested in volunteering then please contact

Get involved 

If you are interested in organising your School of Surgery heats and are in East of England, South England, London, or Wales please contact
If you are interested in organising your School of Surgery heats and are in the North, Midlands, Scotland, or Northern Ireland please contact


RCS England 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 (guidance for competitors, invitation letters, mark schemes, thank you letters);
  • central promotion for regional heats on the RCS England website and social media.

RCS England 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.

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