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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID information hub

Last updated: Tuesday 7 April, 4pm

For learning materials, see rcseng.ac.uk/covid19resources.
For updates and resources specific to the Faculty of Dental Surgery, see rcseng.ac.uk/covid19dental.


Daily updates

Tuesday 7 April:

Friday 3 April: 

  • We have updated our Good Practice Guide in light of updated PHE guidelines on PPP.
  • Our President, working with the CMO and AoMRC, has written to members advising them of actions to take when identifying secondary care patients at greater risk of morbidity or mortality from COVID-19. Read the letter

Thursday 2 April: Public Health England has today published new COVID-19 infection and control guidance, including guidance on PPE. We are evaluating the guidance and reviewing our own content in light of it. Our initial reaction to the guidance can be found in our press release.

Wednesday 1 April: We have today issued our Good Practice for Surgeons and Surgical Teams guidance. This covers broad recommendations on adapting surgical services, what to take into account when working outside one's comfort zone, caring for patients and protecting the workforce. Read the guidance

Tuesday 31 March: We have collected and issued a series of learning materials, webinars, guidance and research at rcseng.ac.uk/covid19resources. This includes online learning modules on care for the critically ill and acute illness recognition that we've made publicly available.

Saturday 28 March: Assessment of an unwell patient: We have made educational materials available from our CCrISP and START courses openly available to support with COVID-19 challenges.


COVID-19: Read our guidance
  • Guidance for Surgeons, Joint Surgical Royal Colleges.
    Details priorities for surgeons, from maintaining emergency surgery capabilities to fulfilling alternate non-surgical roles. Last updated: Friday 20 March
  • Intercollegiate General Surgery Guidance, Joint Surgical Royal Colleges et al.
    Details adjustments to surgical practice. Last updated: Tuesday 7 April
  • Good Practice for Surgeons and Surgical Teams. RCS England.
    Contains recommendations on adapting surgical services, working outside one's comfort zone, caring for patients and protecting the workforce. Last updated: Friday 3 April
COVID-19: Read our guidance

Daily updates continued

Friday 27 March: 

  • In response to the surge of COVID-19 cases in Northern Ireland, the RCS has issued a joint Royal Colleges statement on the deployment of PPE and infection testing for healthcare workers. 

Thursday 26 March:

  • RCS President Professor Derek Alderson and Chief Executive Andrew Reed hosted the first in a series of webinars discussing the impact of COVID-19 on the surgical workforce. The interactive session included a Q&A where the two speakers answered urgent questions submitted by our members. Watch the recording

Wednesday 25 March:

  • The FDS and other dental education bodies have released a joint statement following the introduction of control measures to manage the spread of COVID-19. It sets out arrangements for dental and dental care professional students and recent graduates, to address concerns they have about completing their studies and training. Read the statement on dental studies and training
  • We've also written to members about CovidSurg and CovidSurg-Cancer, two valuable initiatives we'd like to see broad participation in. Read the letter 

Friday 20 March: The Royal Surgical Colleges of the UK and Ireland have issued guidance to surgeons on planning for the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the guidance in full

Thursday 19 March: Our President, Professor Derek Alderson, has written to fellows and members outlining our priorities with regards to COVID-19 and how we're working with government and public health bodies to address them. Read the letter in full

Monday 16 March: In response to the challenge of COVID-19, the four surgical Royal Colleges of the UK and Ireland have created a joint policy statement to provide guidance to surgeons and surgical trainees. Conferences, educational and training courses, assessment panels, accreditation visits and examinations will be postponed. Our priority is to look after our members and fellows, so they can protect patients.



If you need to contact us

We are receiving large numbers of enquiries and are responding as quickly as we can. We urge you to read our COVID-19 FAQs on exams and COVID-19 FAQs on courses thoroughly before contacting us directly.

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