Providing a quality mark for surgical education
From an evening's Continuing Professional Development event to a year-long Master's programme, the RCS accredits a wide range of surgical education activities.
We want to ensure these activities provide a high quality learning experience for those who participate. We do this through the process of accreditation, verifying the quality of the educational event and checking participants' comments and level of satisfaction.
We offer education providers a wide range of benefits, including*:
- Review by leading surgeons and recommendations on quality enhancement
- The award of CPD points
- Use of the RCS logo
- Listing on the RCS website and / or Accreditation Portal and in the RCS publication the Bulletin
- Use of RCS evaluation support, including questionnaire development, analysis and reporting
- Advertising discount
*benefits vary according to accredited activity
Our Accreditation Portal has further information on how to apply for accreditation.
Marking the accreditation of the UCH Education Centre
In May 2018 the President of the RCS Prof Derek Alderson lead a plaque unveiling ceremony at University College Hospital Education Centre in London to mark the Centre's accreditation by the College. The accreditation of the Centre, in 2017, was a recognition of the high quality of the education provided by the Centre for surgeons and members of the wider surgical team, and a recognition of the high quality of the resources available for medical staff - at UCH and beyond - in the Centre. Pictured left to right: Mr Sam Oussedik (Director of Surgical Education, and Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon, University College London Hospital); Mr Clinton John (Head of Clinical Education, UCLH); Miss Emma Taylor (Director of Education, and Consultant Hand Surgeon, UCLH); Prof Paul O'Flynn (RCS Council Lead for Quality Assurance and Accreditation, and Consultant ENT / Head & Neck Surgeon, UCLH); and Prof Alderson.
RCS Senior Clinical Fellows awarded Certificates - April 2018
Congratulations to these RCS Senior Clinical Fellows who were awarded their Fellowship Certificate in April 2018:
- Catherine Rennie - Rhinology Fellowship, Charing Cross Hospital & Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, London
- Julian Cahill - Wessex Neuro-Oncology Fellowship, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
- Dimitrios Pournaras - Post-CCT Fellowship in Bariatric and Benign UGI Surgery, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton
- Ian Anderson - King’s Neurovascular Fellowship, King’s College Hospital, London
- Kenneth Muscat - Advanced Head and Neck Surgical Oncology Fellowship, Guy’s and St Thomas' Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London
- Prem Thomas Jacob - Beaumont Hospital Renal and Pancreas Transplantation Fellowship, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin
Course reaccreditation - April 2018
In April 2018 the RCS reaccredited:
- the Masterclass of Intramedullary Nailing: Tips and Tricks, at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust - focusing on hand injury, and fractures of the femur, tibia and humerus, with the use of an X-Ray image intensifier.
Celebrating the accreditation of the Sharjah Clinical and Surgical Training Center
RCS examiners delivering the MRCS Part B exam in Sharjah, UAE, in March 2018 took time during their visit to celebrate the recent accreditation of the University of Sharjah Clinical and Surgical Training Center, with senior faculty from the University. Pictured left to right: Prof Nabil Sulaiman, Director of the University of Sharjah Clinical and Surgical Training Center; Mr Mike Thomas, International MRCS Convenor; Prof Qutayba Hamid, Vice Chancellor for Medical and Health Sciences Colleges, University of Sharjah; Prof Vishy Mahadevan, Professor of Anatomy, RCS; Mr Mike Wyatt, International MRCS Convenor; and Mr John Carter, Senior MRCS Examiner. The Center was accredited by the RCS as a Surgical Education Centre in January 2018.
Course accreditations - January 2018
In January 2018 the RCS reaccredited:
- the Trauma and Burns course, at Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead - primarily about the evaluation and management of burns and injuries of the face, soft tissues, and eyes
- the Cadaveric Hand Trauma course, at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust - for trainees who plan to enter or have just entered the specialty of plastic surgery
The RCS accredited for one year in the first instance:
- the Theatre Practitioners’ course, at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust - for theatre nurses in spine and neurosurgery
- the Neurosurgery Dissection course, at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust - a 3-day course of lectures and cadaveric exercises
RCS accreditation is for three years, unless otherwise indicated
Surgical Education Centre accreditations - January 2018
In January 2018 the RCS reaccredited:
- the Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit (MATTU), Guildford - providing training in laparoscopic surgical techniques
- the Welsh Institute for Minimal Access Therapy (WIMAT), Cardiff - multi-disciplinary training across a range of surgical and medical specialties
- the ICENI Centre, Colchester - including courses in core, colorectal, general, ENT and orthopaedic surgery
The RCS accredited:
- the University of Sharjah Clinical & Surgical Training Centre, UAE - training in all aspects of laparoscopic surgery
- the Expert Connect Smith & Nephew Surgical Education Centre, Watford - providing courses to help surgeons develop trust and gain the experience and confidence necessary to become experts in their field
- the Plymouth Dental School, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry - postgraduate education programmes aimed at general dentists
RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship programme approvals - January 2018
In January 2018, under the RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship Scheme, the RCS approved:
- the Coventry Post-CCT Fellowship in Thyroid / Parathyroid Surgery, at Coventry University Hospital
- the Chichester St Richard’s Fellowship in Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery, at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester
- the Addenbrooke’s Uro-oncology Fellowship, at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
- the Imperial Skull Base Fellowship, at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
The RCS reapproved:
- the Nottingham Advanced Spinal Surgery Fellowship, at the Centre for Spinal Studies and Surgery, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Senior Clinical Fellows awarded Certificates - January 2018
Congratulations to these RCS Senior Clinical Fellows who were awarded their Fellowship Certificate in January 2018:
- Mr Brian Parsons - The Guy’s Bladder Cancer Fellowship Programme, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
- Mr Chris Mann - Laparoscopic Colorectal fellowship, St James's University Hospital, Leeds
- Mr Angelo Pichierri - Surgical Neuro-Oncology Fellowship, North Bristol NHS Trust
- Mr Evangelos Tsialogiannis - Sports Hip & Knee, Lower Limb Arthroplasty Senior Orthopaedic Fellowship - Ashford and St Peters NHS Foundation Trust
- Mr Waleed Al-Khyatt - Chichester St Richard's Bariatric Fellowship, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Mr Andrew Harris - Newcastle Female and Functional Urology Fellowship, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle
- Mr Muhammad Mansha - Nottingham Advanced Spinal Surgery Fellowship, Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust
- Ms Aarti Kalyanaraman - The Peterborough Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship Programme, Peterborough & Stamford NHS Trust
- Mr Oluwafikayo Fayeye - Neuro-Oncological Surgery Fellowship, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
First Certificate presented at RCS Diplomates' Ceremony
At the RCS Diplomates' Ceremony in Manchester Town Hall on 8 November 2017, Mr Ayman Sorial (left) was presented with his RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship Certificate, after successfully completing the Harrogate Hip Fellowship at the Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, between August 2015 and August 2016. This was the first time a Fellowship Certificate has been presented at a Diplomates' Ceremony.
In October 2017, the RCS awarded RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship Certificates to the following Fellows on successfully completing their Fellowship:
- Mr Andrew Kinshuck - North Thames Laryngology Fellowship, Charing Cross Hospital, London
- Dr Divyank Bansal - Clinical Fellowship in Laryngology, Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, Pune, India
- Dr Rohan Bidaye - Clinical Fellowship in Laryngology, Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, Pune, India
- Mr Marcin Czyz - Nottingham Advanced Spinal Surgery Fellowship, Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust
- Mr Rohin Mittal - Advanced Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship, Colchester General Hospital & ICENI Centre
- Mr Hazem Hassouna - Sports Hip & Knee, Lower Limb Arthroplasty Senior Orthopaedic Fellowship, Ashford and St Peters NHS Foundation Trust, Surrey
- Mr Adam Williams - Oxford Pituitary and Anterior Skullbase Senior Clinical Fellowship, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust
- Dr Andrew Tarnaris - Oxford Fellow of Functional Neurosurgery, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust
- Mr Ricardo Aveledo - Fellowship in Shoulder & Elbow Surgery, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Mr George Mirmilstein - The Lister Urological Robotic Fellowship, Hertfordshire and South Bedfordshire Urological Cancer Centre
- Mr Deb Roy - Salford Royal Neurosurgery Spine Fellowship, Salford Royal Foundation Trust
- Mr Jonathan Shapey - King's College Hospital Neurosurgical Endoscopic Pituitary and Skull Base Fellowship, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London
- Mr Konstantinos Barkas - King's College Hospital Neurosurgical Endoscopic Pituitary and Skull Base Fellowship, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London
- Mr Ali Alavi - Anterior Skull Base Endoscopic Fellowship, Leeds Teaching Hospitals
Accreditation visit to Sharjah Surgical Training Center, October 2017
In October 2017, a RCS review panel visited the University of Sharjah, UAE, which had applied for surgical education centre accreditation for its Clinical and Surgical Training Center, which provides training in laparoscopic surgery. The review panel comprised Prof Paul O'Flynn (RCS Council Lead for Quality Assurance and Accreditation); Mr Roger Vaughan (member of RCS Quality Assurance Operational Group); and Mr Sal Nazir (RCS Head of Quality Assurance). Pictured left to right at the Center: Mr Nazir; Prof Nabil Sulaiman, Director of the University of Sharjah Clinical and Surgical Training Center; Prof Qutayba Hamid, Vice Chancellor for Medical and Health Sciences Colleges, University of Sharjah; Prof O'Flynn; and Mr Vaughan. The RCS approved accreditation for the Sharjah Center in January 2018 for three years.
Centre and Fellowship accreditations in July 2017
In July 2017, RCS Council accredited:
- OrthOracle, an online orthopaedic surgery CPD platform, which provides stepwise overviews of operations using still images with accompanying text and CPD assessment activities
- University College Hospital Education Centre - the London-based Centre provides a range of courses in clinical skills, orthopaedics, simulation and urology
- the Bristol and Oxford Surgical Trials intervention Course (BOSTiC), which provides training in research methods for surgical trainees
- the Surgical First Assistant module at Anglia Ruskin University's Chelmsford Campus
Under the RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship Scheme, Council approved:
- the Oesophago-gastric Cancer Fellowship, at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London
- the Rhinology Fellowship, at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear, and Charing Cross, hospitals in London
- the Advanced Head and Neck Surgical Oncology Fellowship, at Guy’s and St Thomas' Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- the Birmingham Sarcoma Fellowship, at the Midland Abdominal & Retroperitoneal / Pelvic Sarcoma Unit (MARSU) at University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust
Council awarded RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship Certificates to the following Fellows on successfully completing their Fellowship:
- Mr Arion Kapinas (Nottingham Advanced Spinal Surgery Fellowship)
- Mr Sam Ford (Birmingham Sarcoma Fellowship)
- Mr Philip Holland (South Tees Fellowship in Shoulder & Elbow Surgery)
- Mr Joseph Hardwicke (Coventry Microsurgery and Major Trauma Fellowship)
- Mr Ayman Sorial (Harrogate Hip Fellowship)
- Mr Jeffrey Lim (Swansea Advanced Pelvic Oncology Fellowship)
Centre and Fellowship accreditations in April 2017
In April 2017, RCS Council:
- accredited the Incision Academy, which is an online educational platform for surgeons and other medical staff, with 105 courses to date in 10 surgical disciplines
Under the RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship Scheme, Council reapproved:
- the Colchester Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship at the ICENI Centre
- the Frimley Park Hip Fellowship, in Camberley
- the Musgrove Park Hospital Post-CCT Fellowship in Bariatric and Benign Upper GI Surgery, in Taunton
Council awarded RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship Scheme Certificates to the following Fellows on successfully completing their Fellowship:
- Mr James Hopkins and Mr Omer Al-Taan (both Musgrove Park Post-CCT Fellows in Bariatric and Benign Upper GI Surgery)
- Mr Brijesh Madhok (City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Trust Bariatric Fellowship)
- Miss Safina Ali (Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust Advanced Head and Neck Fellowship)
- Mr Giuseppe Morassi (Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust Advanced Spinal Surgery Fellowship)
- Mr Naim Fakih Gomez (Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust Bariatric Surgery Fellowship)
Centre accreditation for DMH Hospital, Pune, India
On 19 February 2017 the Vasant and Nirmala Oswal Center for Post-Graduate Training, at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital (DMH), in Pune, India, was opened. The Center, which is accredited by the RCS as a Surgical Education Centre, provides courses in Laparoscopic Surgery, Transoral Laser Surgery and Medialisation Thyroplasty, Knee Replacement Surgery, Knee and Shoulder Arthroscopy, and Endourology. The Center also provides a Laryngology Fellowship, which is approved under the RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship Scheme.
At the Center's opening ceremony, the RCS was represented by Professor Paul O'Flynn, RCS Council Lead for Quality Assurance and Accreditation, pictured second left, with (left to right), Dr Sachin Gandhi, Director, Department of Laryngology, DMH; Mr Vasant Oswal, Emeritus Consultant Otolaryngologist, James Cook University, Middlesborough; Mr Prakash Javadekar, Union HRD Minister, Government of India; and Dr Dhananjay Kelkar, Medical Director, DMH.
Course, Programme, Centre and Fellowship accreditations in February 2017
In February 2017, RCS Council:
- accredited the UCLH Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy for Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma course, which is part of the Headstart training programme to introduce Sentinel Node Biopsy for the management of patients with early oral cancer
- accredited the Southmead Plastic Surgery for Surgical Trainees course, in Bristol
- reaccredited the MSc Diploma in Orthopaedic Science (distance programme) and the Master of Orthopaedic Surgery (MCh Orth) at the University of Dundee
- accredited the Egyptian Military Medical Academy surgical education programme, based in Cairo
- reaccredited the Johnson & Johnson Hua Xi Minimal Invasive Surgery Training Institute, at West China Hospital, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China
- accredited the Minimally Invasive Skills Training Centre, Henan Cancer Hospital, in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China
- awarded RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship Certificates to Mr Rajesh Nair (Guy's & St Thomas' Bladder Cancer Fellowship), Mr Mohamed Taha (Beaumont Dublin Renal and Pancreas Transplantation Fellowship), Ms Aikaterini Leventi (North Middlesex University Hospital Senior Colorectal Fellowship), and Dr Victoria Wykes (University Hospital Southampton Wessex Neuro-oncological Surgery Fellowship)
Anglia Ruskin University Surgical Care Practice MSc accreditation
On 3 February 2017, Professor Paul O'Flynn, RCS Council Lead for Quality Assurance and Accreditation, presented a plaque marking the accreditation by the RCS of the Surgical Care Practice MSc at Anglia Ruskin University, to the University's Vice Chancellor, Professor Iain Martin, and staff at the University.
Pictured left to right are Afsaneh Dalili-Yazdi, Senior Lecturer in Surgical Care Practice; Professor O’Flynn, shaking hands with Professor Martin; Professor James Hampton-Till, the Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences; Susan Hall, Senior Lecturer in Surgical Care Practice and MSc course leader.
At the start of February 2017 Mr Amir Ghanbari became the first North Bristol Colorectal Fellow under the RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship Scheme.
Fellowship and Course accreditations in December 2016
In December 2016, RCS Council:
- reapproved the Oxford Pituitary and Anterior Skull Base Senior Clinical Fellowship
- approved the North Bristol Skull Base Fellowship
- reapproved the Imperial College Bariatric Fellowship
- approved the DMH Pune Laryngology Fellowship - this Fellowship in India is the first approved outside the UK and Ireland. DMH Laryngology Director Dr Sachin Gandhi said: "RCS approval to our fellowship training programme provides us a performance metric against which to set benchmark for training in Laryngology with knowledge, skills, support and resource. Involving RCS as an external independent body provides a necessary transparency in processes of teaching, assessment and quality assurance impacting both the trainers and the learners. It is a key development for maintaining and improving standards for years to come."
- reaccredited the Cheshire-based Anaesthesia, Trauma and Critical Care course - ATACC courses in 2017 are already fully booked!
- accredited the International DCD Heart Symposium - in Papworth last year, and in Australia this year
- accredited the Crewe-based Leighton Hospital Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair course - lead by Consultant General Surgeon Mr Magdi Hanafy, who is involved in the charity Hernia International, which has annual missions in developing countries, including Ghana - where Mr Hanafy has led surgery missions, providing free treatment, particularly hernia repairs
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Testimonies from event organisers
"It acts as a quality mark for any course or conference you organise"
"It adds additional value to our conference"
"It encourages event attendance"
"It ensures the delegates are receiving a high quality course, delivered by appropriate speakers"
(Source: RCS survey of CPD event providers, November 2015)