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Accreditation

Providing a quality mark for surgical education

A surgeon using a microscopeFrom an evening’s continuing professional development (CPD) 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.


Upcoming accredited courses

Practical Skills for Orthopaedic ST3 Interviews 2020 , UCH

The Practical Skills for Orthopaedic ST3 Interviews 2020 course at the RCS accredited UCH Education Centre is running on 12 February 2020.

The specialty training interview process has evolved over recent years to become both more structured and ever more competitive. Our experienced faculty comprising both examiners and recent candidates will help you to develop the necessary skills to ensure you maximise your chances of success.

Further information and booking: http://training.ucheducationcentre.org/home/viewcourse/430/

4th Annual UCH Basic Shoulder Arthroscopy Course, UCH

The 4th Annual UCH Basic Shoulder Arthroscopy Course  at the RCS accredited UCH Education Centre is running on 13 May 2020.

This is a one day course which covers the basic principles of shoulder arthroscopy for surgeons in the early stages of their training.

Further information and booking: http://training.ucheducationcentre.org/home/viewcourse/428/

The 8th Annual UCH Basic Knee Arthroscopy Course, UCH

The 8th Annual UCH Basic Knee Arthroscopy Course at the RCS accredited UCH Education Centre is running on 14 May 2020.

This is a single day course covering the principles and basic applications of knee arthroscopy. The course is designed for surgeons at the earlier stages of their training.

Further information and booking: http://training.ucheducationcentre.org/home/viewcourse/426/

Operative Skills in Neurosurgery course, Vesalius Centre, Bristol

The next RCS-accredited Operative Skills in Neurosurgery course will be on 11–13 March 2020 at the Vesalius Clinical Training Unit, Bristol.

Course leader Mr George Malcolm, Consultant Neurosurgeon, says: ‘This interactive course focuses on the core neurosurgical techniques and clinical knowledge essential for advancing a career in neurosurgery.'.

The course fee is £1,300. For further information please visit https://www.swneurosurgery.uk/operative-skills or contact vesalius-courses@bristol.ac.uk

Single Incision Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery (SILCS), North Tees

The next RCS-accredited course in Single Incision Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery (SILCS) at North Tees Hospital will run on 11 and 12 May 2020. The course lead will be Mr Talvinder Gil. Please contact course organiser Mr Prem Thambi for further details.

Accreditation updates

RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship programme approval December 2019

In December 2019 the RCS and the Surgical Specialty Associations approved the:

• Queen Square Neurovascular Fellowship - The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, UCLH NHS Foundation Trust (with SBNS)

In December 2019 the RCS and the Surgical Specialty Associations reapproved the:

• King’s Neurosurgical Endoscopic Pituitary and Skull Base Fellowship - King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (with SBNS)

• Newcastle Female & Functional Fellowship - Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (with BAUS)

• St Mary's Hospital Post-CCT Upper GI Fellowship - Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (with AUGIS)

RCS Senior Clinical Fellows awarded Certificates December 2019

Congratulations to these RCS Senior Clinical Fellows who were awarded their Fellowship Certificate in December 2019:

  • Grace Khong - Alder Hey Paediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship, Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Hayat Khan - Frimley Park Hip Fellowship, Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Sami Mansour - Imperial Bariatric Surgery Fellowship, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust;
  • Rohan Bidaye - Imperial College Laryngology Fellowship, Charing Cross Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust;
  • Ahilan Kailaya-Vasan - King’s Neurovascular Fellowship, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Haytham Abudeeb - Leeds St James Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship, St James's University Hospital, Leeds;
  • Christos Anagnostopoulos - North Bristol Surgical Neuro-Oncology Fellowship, North Bristol NHS Trust;
  • Dinesh Balasubramaniam - North Middlesex Senior Colorectal Fellowship, North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust;
  • Aziz Gulamhusein - Royal Free Renal Cancer Fellowship, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Nehemiah Samuel - Sunderland Bariatric Fellowship, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Andrew Robinson - Coventry Microsurgery and Major Trauma Fellowship, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust;
  • Mark Ferguson - Charing Cross & Royal Brompton Rhinology Fellowship, Charing Cross & Royal Brompton Hospitals.

Course and centre accreditations December 2019

In December 2019 the RCS accredited the following courses:

  • Advanced Laparoscopic Hiatal Surgery
  • Challenges in Organ Donation, Retrieval and Transplantation
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy course
  • Headstart Oral Cancer Sentinel node biopsy course
  • ATACC

You can find a full list of RCS accredited courses here.

The committee also accredited the following centres:

  • Egyptian Military Medical Academy
  • Johnson & Johnson China, four centres accredited or reaccredited: West China Hospital of Sichuan University, Henan Cancer Hospital, Shanghai Chest Hospital and Shanghai Changzheng Hospital.

A full list of accredited centres can be found here.

Fellowship programme approval October 2019

In October 2019 the RCS and the Surgical Specialty Associations approved the:

  • King's Complex Spine Fellowship (with SBNS);
  • Newcastle Senior Clinical Fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery (with ACPGBI);
  • South Devon Benign Upper GI Surgical Fellowship (with AUGIS);
  • Queen Square Hydrocephalus Fellowship (with SBNS) – for one year in the first instance.

In October 2019 the RCS and the Surgical Specialty Associations reapproved the:

  • Chichester St Richard's Bariatric Fellowship (with BOMSS).

RCS Senior Clinical Fellows awarded Certificates October 2019

Congratulations to these RCS Senior Clinical Fellows who were awarded their Fellowship Certificate in October 2019:

  • Amr Mohamed - Oxford Pituitary and Anterior Skullbase Senior Clinical Fellowship;
  • Basel Alromhain - Leeds Anterior Skull Base Endoscopic Fellowship;
  • Ati Ferede - Beaumont Hospital Renal Transplantation Fellowship, Dublin;
  • Vrettos Ireodiakonou - Birmingham Post-CCT Abdominal and Retroperitoneal Sarcoma Fellowship;
  • Tan Yew Wei - Chelsea and Westminster Paediatric Colorectal Fellowship;
  • Luigi Volpini - Guy's Advanced Head and Neck Surgical Oncology Fellowship;
  • Iwan Bennett - Imperial Skull Base Fellowship;
  • Ranjan Arianayagam - Lister Urological Robotic Fellowship;
  • Gaurav Shankar Medikeri - Liverpool Rhinology Fellowship;
  • Andrew Robertson - Musgrove Park Post-CCT Fellowship in Bariatric and Benign UGI Surgery;
  • Hani Marcus - NHNN Pituitary Fellowship;
  • Lawrence Toquero - Peterborough Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship;
  • Md Tanveer Adil – Luton Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Fellowship;
  • Anwer Abdullakutty - Nottingham Post CCT Fellowship in Temporo-mandibular Joint Surgery.

Course and Centre Accreditation October 2019

In October 2019 the RCS accredited the following courses:

  • SCReaM Human Factors Course;
  • The Northern FRCS Orth Revision Course;
  • Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair Course.

 You can find a full list of RCS accredited courses here.

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 RCS. 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.

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.


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, 2015)

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