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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

Inspire MediLaw - upcoming courses

Inspire MediLaw, an RCS accredited centre, has several courses coming up:

Webinars:

Live events:

Online Training:

  • Four new online courses on: Report Writing, Conference with Counsel, Meeting of Experts and Giving Evidence

Accreditation updates

RCS Senior Clinical Fellows awarded certificates June & July 2020

Congratulations to these RCS Senior Clinical Fellows who were awarded their Fellowship certificates in June 2020:

  1. Eimer Monaghan - Chichester St Richard’s Fellowship in Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust;
  2. Tarek Katbeth - Sunderland Bariatric Fellowship, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust;

and to the Fellow awarded their Fellowship certificate in July 2020:

  1. Ashwin Tamhankar - Lister Urological Robotic Fellowship, East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust.

RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship programme approval June 2020

In June 2020 the RCS and the Surgical Specialty Associations approved the:

  • Mid Glamorgan Post-CCT Rhinology and Facial Plastics Fellowship approval, Royal Glamorgan Hospital Wales and University Hospital of Wales Cardiff (with ENT UK)
  • Portsmouth Robotic Oesophago-gastric Fellowship approval, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust (with AUGIS)

Courses and centre accreditations May & June 2020

In May & June 2020 the RCS accredited and reaccredited the following centres:

  • Aesculap Academy (Czech Republic & Poland)
  • ATACC
  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • FundamentalVR
  • ESTC
  • Incision Academy
  • OrthOracle
  • BD Health
A full list of accredited centres can be found here.

RCS Senior Clinical Fellows awarded certificates May 2020

Congratulations to these RCS Senior Clinical Fellows who were awarded their Fellowship certificates in May 2020:

  1.  Saiful Miah - Addenbrooke’s Uro-oncology Fellowship, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  2. Jonathan Chua - Colchester Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship, The ICENI Centre, Colchester Hospital
  3. Nicholas Battersby - Frimley Park Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust
  4. Ben Byrne - Guy's Oesophago-gastric Cancer Fellowship, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  5. Anthony Rotman - Imperial College Laryngology Fellowship, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  6. Jeremy Williamson - Leeds St James Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  7. Richard Green - Liverpool Rhinology Fellowship, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  8. Omar Naser - Newcastle Female and Functional Urology Fellowship, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  9. Darko Stipic - Nottingham Advanced Spinal Surgery Fellowship, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
  10. Anouk Borg - Oxford Pituitary and Anterior Skullbase Senior Clinical Fellowship, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  11. Nicola Hodges - St Mark's Minimally and Maximally Invasive Colorectal Cancer (MiMICC) Fellowship, London North West Healthcare NHS Trust
  12. James Read - St Mark's Minimally and Maximally Invasive Colorectal Cancer (MiMICC) Fellowship, London North West Healthcare NHS Trust
  13. Matthew Bedford - Swansea Advanced Pelvic Oncology Fellowship, Swansea Bay University Health Board
  14. Andrei Ilczyszyn - UCL Bariatric and Metabolic Fellowship, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship programme approval May 2020

In May 2020 the RCS and the Surgical Specialty Associations approved the:

  • NHNN Complex Epilepsy Fellowship, The University College London Hospitals Foundation Trust (with SBNS);
  • Newcastle Paediatric Surgery Fellowship approval, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Foundation Trust (with BAPS);
  • Glasgow Advanced Colorectal / Pelvic Surgical Oncology Fellowship, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (with ACPGBI);
  • Shrewsbury Bariatric Fellowship, The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (with BOMSS).

And reapproved the:

  • Oxford Pituitary & Anterior Skullbase Senior Clinical Fellowship, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust (with SBNS)

Courses and centre accreditations March 2020

In March 2020 the RCS accredited the following courses and programmes:

  • Postgraduate Orthopaedics
  • Orthopaedic Evaluaiton of X-rays
  • 3DMedLive
  • MSc Microsurgery

You can find a full list of RCS accredited courses here, and university programmes here.

The committee also accredited the following centres:

  • Inspire MediLaw
  • Aesculap Academy Germany
  • CeMAST
  • Clockwork Medical
A full list of accredited centres can be found here.

RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship programme approval March 2020

In March 2020 the RCS and the Surgical Specialty Associations approved the:

  • Coventry Oncoplastic Breast Fellowship - University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire (with BAPRAS);
  • Barts Neurotrauma Fellowship - St Bartholomew's Hospital, London (with SBNS);
  • Fortius Foot and Ankle Fellowship - The Fortuis Clinic (with BOA);
  • St Mark's Intestinal Failure Fellowship - St Mark’s Hospital, London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust (with ACPGBI).

And reapproved the:

  • DMH Laryngology Fellowship - Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital & Research Centre, Pune, India (with ENT UK);
  • Chelsea and Westminster Paediatric Colorectal Fellowship Approval - Chelsea and Westminster Hospital (with BAPS);
  • Imperial Bariatric Fellowship - Imperial College Hospital (with BOMSS).

RCS Senior Clinical Fellows awarded certificates March 2020

Congratulations to these RCS Senior Clinical Fellows who were awarded their Fellowship certificates in March 2020:

  • Anshul Sobti - Ashford & St Peter's Sports Hip & Knee, Lower Limb Arthroplasty Senior Orthopaedic Fellowship, Ashford and St Peter's NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Chris Nicolay - Frimley Park Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship, Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Anand Subash - HCG Bangalore Head & Neck Surgical Oncology Fellowship, HealthCare Global (HCG) Cancer Centre, Bangalore, India;
  • Tamara Gall - Imperial Robotic HPB Fellowship; Imperial College and The Royal Marsden Hospital;
  • Roel Bolckmans - North Bristol Colorectal Fellowship, North Bristol NHS Trust;
  • Frank Chang - Nottingham Post CCT Fellowship in Temporo-mandibular Joint Surgery, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust;
  • Shantanu Rout - Royal Shrewsbury Hospital Advanced Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship, Royal Shrewsbury Hospital;
  • Kathrin Whitehouse - Wessex Neuro-Oncology Fellowship, University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust;
  • Ahmed Nagi - South Tees Fellowship in Shoulder & Elbow Surgery, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Georgios Zilidis - Oxford Fellow of Functional Neurosurgery, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.

RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship programme approval March 2020

In March 2020 the RCS and the Surgical Specialty Associations approved the:

  • Coventry Oncoplastic Breast Fellowship - University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire (with BAPRAS);
  • Barts Neurotrauma Fellowship - St Bartholomew's Hospital, London (with SBNS);
  • Fortius Foot and Ankle Fellowship - The Fortuis Clinic (with BOA);
  • St Mark's Intestinal Failure Fellowship - St Mark’s Hospital, London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust (with ACPGBI).

And reapproved the:

  • DMH Laryngology Fellowship - Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital & Research Centre, Pune, India (with ENT UK);
  • Chelsea and Westminster Paediatric Colorectal Fellowship Approval - Chelsea and Westminster Hospital (with BAPS);
  • Imperial Bariatric Fellowship - Imperial College Hospital (with BOMSS).

RCS Senior Clinical Fellows awarded certificates March 2020

Congratulations to these RCS Senior Clinical Fellows who were awarded their Fellowship certificates in March 2020:

  • Anshul Sobti - Ashford & St Peter's Sports Hip & Knee, Lower Limb Arthroplasty Senior Orthopaedic Fellowship, Ashford and St Peter's NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Chris Nicolay - Frimley Park Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship, Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Anand Subash - HCG Bangalore Head & Neck Surgical Oncology Fellowship, HealthCare Global (HCG) Cancer Centre, Bangalore, India;
  • Tamara Gall - Imperial Robotic HPB Fellowship; Imperial College and The Royal Marsden Hospital;
  • Roel Bolckmans - North Bristol Colorectal Fellowship, North Bristol NHS Trust;
  • Frank Chang - Nottingham Post CCT Fellowship in Temporo-mandibular Joint Surgery, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust;
  • Shantanu Rout - Royal Shrewsbury Hospital Advanced Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship, Royal Shrewsbury Hospital;
  • Kathrin Whitehouse - Wessex Neuro-Oncology Fellowship, University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust;
  • Ahmed Nagi - South Tees Fellowship in Shoulder & Elbow Surgery, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Georgios Zilidis - Oxford Fellow of Functional Neurosurgery, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.

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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