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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.


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.


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. 

If you would like to compete in the competition please join now.

We are still looking for organisers for Scotland. If you have are interested in organising either of these heats please contact

 East of England

 Monday 20 January 2020



Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Clinical Skills Lab, NR4 7UY


 Daniel Watts

 Yorkshire and the Humber Wednesday 6 November 2019 


 Bradford Royal Infirmary, Duckworth Lane, Bradford, BD9 6RJ


 Amarvir Bilkhu

 East Midlands

 Tuesday 7 January 2020



Royal Derby Hospital, DE22 3NE


 George Dixon


 Wednesday 27 November 2019 



VIMARS, QUAD Centre, Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust, Cosham, PO6 3LY


 John Knight


Tuesday 3 December 2019



Southmead Hospital, Brunel Building, Southmead Road, Bristol, BS10 5NB


Harry Dean

 North West Wednesday 11 December 2019  


Wynthenshawe Postgraduate Centre, Manchester,  M23 9LT


Susan Walsh

 London Tuesday 10 December 2019 


Queens Hospital, Medical Education Centre, Romford, RM7 0AG


Abuzer Hanif

 Kent, Surrey, Sussex

 Friday 10 January 2020 

(After the regional prize day) 


The Education Centre, Maidstone Hospital, Hermitage Lane, ME16 9QQ


 Nida Ilahi

 Peninsula Monday 16 December 2019


Derriford Hospital, Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8DH


 Samantha Muse


Thursday 30 January 2020

(18:30 - 20:30) 


John Radcliffe Hospital, Headley Way, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9DU 


 Billy Down

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 Northern Ireland   Monday 9 December 2019 


Northern Ireland Medical & Dental Training Agency, Beechill House, Belfast BT8 7RL


Wael Fadel





 Friday 17 January 2020





WIMAT, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff Medicentre, Cardiff, CF14 4UJ 



Ana Gavrilla

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 on Saturday 14 March 2020, in London. 

Get involved

We are currently recruiting volunteers to help judge the final of the competition in London on Saturday 14 March 2020.


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



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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