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Training the Trainers: Developing Teaching Skills

This course aims to meet the changing needs of surgical educators and to incorporate the latest developments in education. It comprises of three components; two of which are delivered via e-learning approximately one month either side of the two face-to-face days. These additional components will help you gain the maximum benefit from the contact days, deepening your understanding of how adults learn and enabling you to plan, develop, deliver and evaluate training more effectively. Full details of the relevant dates will form part of the formal joining instructions which will be sent closer to the start date.

The dates below are for the two face-to-face days. You will need to allow time either side to complete the e-learning work. For that reason, registration will close one week before the start of the face-to-face component.

10 - 11 September 2015 | London

The Royal College Of Surgeons Of England


Full Course Fee: £780.00
RCS Members/Fellows: £702.00

Contact or 020 7869 6300
Application form Register your interest

15 - 16 October 2015 | London

The Royal College Of Surgeons Of England


Full Course Fee: £780.00
RCS Members/Fellows: £702.00

Contact or 020 7869 6300
Application form Register your interest

2 - 3 November 2015 | London

The Royal College Of Surgeons Of England


Full Course Fee: £780.00
RCS Members/Fellows: £702.00

Contact or 020 7869 6300
Application form Register your interest
Regional course dates and locations


Component 1: E-learning
(Estimated amount time needed: 5-10 hours)

  • Introduce key educational theory concepts and how these apply to clinical education
  • Test learners understanding of these concepts
  • Support learners preparation for Component 2 (contact days)

Component 2: Contact days

  • Provide surgical trainers with an improved understanding of educational theory underpinning adult learning and how these apply to surgical education
  • Increase a surgical trainer’s understanding and skills in relation to formal teaching, facilitation approaches and teaching methodology

Component 3: E-learning
(Estimated amount of time needed: 4-6 hours)

  • Review their teaching practise and the feedback that they were given.
  • Plan and implement change in their teaching
  • Reflect on the changes in their practise and how this impacts on the teaching and learning

Provisional programme

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • identify stages, facilitators and barriers to learning
  • recognise the different domains of learning and practically apply these to surgical training
  • explain the impact of learning style on teaching and learning
  • describe, effectively use, and understand the advantages and disadvantages of various teaching methods
  • describe and use a four step approach to teaching a practical skill
  • explain the benefits of reflection and identify opportunities to use reflection as a learning tool
  • use a model of reflection to improve your teaching practice
  • list key elements of session planning, describe their benefits and plan a session using a suggested template
  • differentiate between different types of assessment
  • describe and use a model of effective feedback
  • identify what needs evaluating and give examples of evaluation tools and methods
  • discuss how to pitch content to different audiences
  • reflect on your current teaching
  • implement changes to planned teaching activities to enhance learning

Course Director

Ms Mary Herns
Educational  Development Advisor RCS

Mr Tim Batchelor
Consultant Cardiac Surgeon,
Bristol Royal Infirmary

Target Audience / Suitability

FY1-2, ST3-8, consultants and SAS Grades.

This course is designed for anyone involved in the delivery of surgical training, whether this be locally or as a member of faculty on RCS courses.

Am I suitable?


  • E-learning
  • Learner exercises
  • Practical exercise on session planning and delivery
  • Presentations and group discussions

Additional Information

If you are attending this course as a participant in a non-training grade, this course has been allocated 12 CPD points counting towards your Continuing Professional Development.

Further information

Delegate Feedback

'The course was excellent overall and I enjoyed it and got a large amount out of it.'

'The content of the course was interesting and appropriate and the faculty delivered the course effectively and professionally.'

'Good course, well organised. The faculty were very enthusiastic and kept the learners engaged at all time.They are passionate about teaching and developing the skills required.'

'Very good faculty in particular, engaging and related the course content to their own experiences very well.'

'Faculty very approachable and created a perfect environment to learn.'

'The overall teaching on the course was excellent and the faculty very engaging and interactive. They provided me with plenty of new teaching skills and feedback on my
performance which was extremely useful.'

'Very engaging course taught enthusiastically by real experts in their field. Has made a profound different to my approach to delivering training and teaching. Very enjoyable 2