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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.


Accreditation updates

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 contact vesalius-courses@bristol.ac.uk or call 0117 928 7489 / 0117 928 7404.

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.

Courses and Centres accreditation September 2019

In September 2019 the RCS accredited the following courses and Surgical Care Practitioner (SCP) programmes:

  • The Hamlyn Symposium of Medical Robotics;
  • Laparoscopic Bile Duct Exploration;
  • Plymouth University SCP;
  • Anglia Ruskin University SCP.
You can find a full list of RCS accredited courses here and SCP programmes here.


Also reaccredited were the following centres:

  • University of Central Lancashire (UCLan);
  • Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital & Research Center (DMH) in Pune, India.
A full list of accredited centres can be found here.

RCS Senior Clinical Fellows awarded Certificates September 2019

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

  • Raj Thakrar - Basingstoke Knee Fellowship; Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Arun KC – DMH Laryngology Fellowship; Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital & Research Centre, Pune, India;
  • Supreetha Shenoy - DMH Laryngology Fellowship; Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital & Research Centre, Pune, India;
  • Jag Virk – Imperial Advanced Head and Neck Fellowship; Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London;
  • Dritan Paskou – Nottingham Advanced Spinal Surgery Fellowship; Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust;
  • Manar Malki – Frimley Park Renal Cancer Fellowship; Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Isaac Phang – Salford Royal Neuro-oncology Surgery Fellowship; Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.

Fellowship Programme Approval September 2019

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

  • Luton Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Fellowship, Luton & Dunstable University Hospital NHSFT (with BOMSS).

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

  • Coventry Microsurgery and Major Trauma Fellowship, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (with BAPRAS);
  • North Middlesex Senior Colorectal Fellowship, North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust (with ACPGBI);
  • Liverpool Rhinology Fellowship, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (with ENT UK);
  • Swansea Advanced Pelvic Oncology Fellowship, Swansea Bay University Health Board (with ACPGBI).

RCS Senior Clinical Fellows awarded Certificates June 2019

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

  • Mohamed Abd Alazeez - Addenbrooke’s Uro-oncology Fellowship, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust;
  • Rasheed Afinowi - Harrogate Hip Fellowship, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Biborka Bereczky - EMBMI Senior Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Fellowship, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton Foundation NHS Trust;
  • Frances Burge - Newcastle Female and Functional Urology Fellowship, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Dan D'Aquino - Nottingham Advanced Spinal Surgery Fellowship, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust;
  • Oded Hershkovich - Nottingham Advanced Spinal Surgery Fellowship, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust;
  • Dan Foley - Guy's Oesophago-gastric Cancer Fellowship, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Mohamed Ibrahim - St Mary's Post-CCT Upper GI Fellowship, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust;
  • Andreas Nowacki - Oxford Fellowship of Functional Neurosurgery, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Anna Solth - Wessex Neuro-Oncology Fellowship, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

Fellowship Programme Approval June 2019

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

  • Belfast Endocrine Surgery Fellowship, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast (with BAETS);
  • Queen Square Functional Neurosurgery Fellowship, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London (with SBNS);
  • NHNN Pituitary Fellowship, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London (with SBNS).

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

  • Imperial College Laryngology Fellowship, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London (with ENT UK);
  • South Tees Fellowship in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesborough (with BOA);
  • Basingstoke Knee Fellowship, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (with BOA);
  • Leeds Anterior Skull Base Endoscopic Fellowship, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (with SBNS);
  • Wessex Neuro-oncological Surgery Fellowship, University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust (with SBNS);
  • King’s Neurovascular Fellowship, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (with SBNS);
  • Salford Royal Neurosurgery Spine Fellowship, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust (with SBNS and BASS);
  • Lister Urological Robotic Fellowship, Hertfordshire and South Bedfordshire Urological Cancer Centre (with BAUS);
  • Sunderland Bariatric Fellowship, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust (with AUGIS).

Course and Centre Accreditation June 2019

In June 2019 the RCS accredited the following courses:

  • Hostile Environment Surgical Training (HEST);
  • Single Incision Laparoscopic Colorectal (SILCS);
  • Medical Aid for Palestinians;
  • RCS Cosmetic Surgery Masterclass;
  • Communicating Potential Harms and Benefits: Perioperative Version.

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

Also accredited were the following centres:

  • Tipton Training;
  • Digital Surgery;
  • Medical Education Leeds.

A full list of accredited centres can be found here.

RCS Senior Clinical Fellow awarded Certificate May 2019

Congratulations to this RCS Senior Clinical Fellow who was awarded their Fellowship Certificate in May 2019:

  • Adnan Sheikh – Leeds St James’s Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Fellowship Programme Approval March 2019

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

  • North Bristol Functional Neurosurgery Fellowship, North Bristol NHS Trust (with SBNS);
  • Queen's Romford Endoscopic and Microsurgical Skull Base Surgery Fellowship, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (with SBNS);
  • Sunderland Otolaryngology Head and Neck Fellowship, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Trust (with ENT UK);
  • Liverpool Post-CCT Fellowship in Tempero-mandibular Joint Surgery, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust / Mersey Training Programme (with BAOMS).

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

  • St James’s Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (with ACPGBI);
  • Guy’s Bladder Cancer Fellowship, Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust (with BAUS);
  • Leeds Neuro-Oncological Surgery Fellowship, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (with SBNS);
  • Leeds Pelvic Uro-Oncology Fellowship, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (with BAUS);
  • UCL Bariatric and Metabolic Fellowship, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (with BOMSS);
  • North Bristol Surgical Neuro-Oncology Fellowship, North Bristol NHS Trust (with SBNS);
  • Frimley Park Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship, Frimley Park Hospitals NHS Trust (with ACPGBI).
Details about the RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship scheme, including current accredited Fellowship programmes, can be found here.

Course Accreditation March 2019

In March 2019 the RCS accredited the following courses:

  • Operative Skills in Neurosurgery;
  • NHS Blood & Transplant Organ Retreival Masterclass;
  • BOSTAA Advanced Arthroscopic Knee.

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

RCS Senior Clinical Fellowships awarded Certificates March 2019

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

  • Max Almond - Birmingham Sarcoma Fellowship, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Mohammad Hassan Mobasheri - Chichester St Richard’s Fellowship in Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Rebecca Seton - Colchester Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship, the ICENI Centre Colchester;
  • Shofiq Islam - Coventry Post-CCT Fellowship in Thyroid / Parathyroid Surgery, Coventry University Hospital;
  • Rasheed Afinowi - Frimley Park Hip Fellowship, Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust;
  • James Clark - Imperial Bariatric Surgery Fellowship, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust;
  • Rob Iorga - Imperial Skull Base Fellowship, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust;
  • Mihai Danciut - Leeds Neurovascular Fellowship, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust;
  • Liviu Nicolae - North Bristol Surgical Neuro-Oncology Fellowship, North Bristol NHS Trust;
  • Naghman Choudhry - South Tees Fellowship in Shoulder & Elbow Surgery, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Muneer Junejo - St James Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust;
  • Jamish Gandhi - St Mark's Minimally and Maximally Invasive Colorectal Cancer (MiMICC) Fellowship, St. Mark's Hospital, London North West Healthcare University NHS Trust;
  • Alastair Reid - Sunderland Bariatric Fellowship, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust.

Details about the RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship scheme, including current accredited Fellowship programmes, can be found here.

RCS Senior Clinical Fellows awarded Certificates January 2019

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

  • Sumanta Dutta – Chichester St Richard's Bariatric Fellowship, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Jihène El Kafsi - UCL Bariatric and Metabolic Fellowship, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Chris Gee - Ashford & St Peter's Sports Hip & Knee, Lower Limb Arthroplasty Senior Orthopaedic Fellowship, Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Samer-ul Haque - Peterborough Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship, North West Anglia Foundation Trust;
  • Ben Haughton - Harrogate Hip Fellowship, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Mazhar Iqbal - Salford Royal Neurosurgery Spine Fellowship, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Raghbir Singh Khakha - Basingstoke Knee Fellowship, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Alessandra Lazzaro - North Middlesex Senior Colorectal Fellowship, North Middlesex University Hospital, London;
  • Eleni Maratos - King's Neurosurgical Endoscopic Pituitary and Skull Base Fellowship, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Peter Mekhail - Musgrove Post-CCT Fellowship in Bariatric and Benign UGI Surgery, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton;
  • Abren Santocildes - DMH Clinical Fellowship in Laryngology, Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, Pune, India;
  • Sandeep Solanki - Leeds Neuro-Oncological Surgery Fellowship, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust;
  • Tan Teck Wei - Guy's Bladder Cancer Fellowship, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London;
  • Katy Wallis - Coventry Microsurgery and Major Trauma Fellowship, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.

Fellowship programme approval January 2019

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

  • Royal Shrewsbury Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship, Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (with ACPGBI);
  • St George’s Urology Robotic Fellowship, at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London (with BAUS);
  • Frimley Park Renal Cancer Fellowship, at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust (with BAUS);
  • Imperial Robotic HPB Fellowship, at Imperial College and The Royal Marsden Hospital (with AUGIS);
  • Bangalore HealthCare Head & Neck Surgical Oncology Fellowship, at HealthCare Global (HCG) Cancer Centre, Bangalore, India (with ENT UK).

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

  • Harrogate Hip Fellowship, at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust (with BOA).

Course and Centre Accreditations December 2018

In December 2018 the RCS accredited the following courses:

  • Trauma and Essential Surgical Skills (TESS);
  • Transanal Haemorrhoidal Dearterialisation (THD);
  • UK Clubfoot;
  • FRCS (Orth) Viva course;
  • Medical Realities;
  • Foundations Skills for Physician Associates;
  • MRI PRO.

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

We also reaccredited three centres in China and accredited one new centre, as part of our ongoing relationship with Johnson & Johnson Medical China. A full list of accredited centres can be found here.

RCS Senior Clinical Fellows awarded Certificates October 2018

Congratulations to these RCS Senior Clinical Fellows who were awarded their Fellowship Certificate in October 2018:

  • Malik Ahmed - Nottingham Advanced Spinal Fellowship, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Edward Bayley - Nottingham Advanced Spinal Surgery Fellowship, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust;
  • Catalin Constandache - Dublin Beaumont Renal Transplantation Fellowship, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin;
  • Deligiannis Dimitrios - Leeds Pelvic Uro-Oncology Fellowship, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust;
  • Shashank Gupta - DMH Clinical Fellowship in Laryngology, Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, Pune, India;
  • Sleiman Haddad - Nottingham Advanced Spinal Fellowship, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Jane Halliday - Oxford Pituitary and Anterior Skullbase Senior Clinical Fellowship, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust;
  • Kenneth Keogh - Swansea Advanced Pelvic Oncology Fellowship, ABMU (Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University) Healthboard;
  • Grace Khong - Liverpool Rhinology Fellowship, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Alex Leggate - Salford Royal Neuro-oncology Surgery Fellowship, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust;
  • Ian Robertson - Dublin Beaumont Renal Transplantation Fellowship, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin;
  • Aleix Rovira-Casas - Guy's Advanced Head and Neck Surgical Oncology Fellowship, Guys & St Thomas'NHS Foundation Trust, London;
  • Asim Sheikh - Leeds Anterior Skull Base Endoscopic Fellowship, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Fellowship programme approval October 2018

In October 2018 the RCS and the Surgical Specialty Associations approved:

  • Alder Hey Paediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship, at Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool (with ENT UK);
  • Birmingham Temporomandibular Joint Surgery Fellowship, at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (with BAOMS);
  • Leeds Neurovascular Fellowship, at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (with SBNS);
  • Yeovil MIS Colorectal Fellowship, at Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (with ACPGBI);
  • Yorkshire Paediatric Neurosurgery Fellowship, at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (with SBNS).

In October 2018 the RCS and the Surgical Specialty Associations reapproved:

  • Dublin Beaumont Kidney Transplantation Fellowship, at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin (with BAUS);
  • Imperial Advanced Head & Neck Fellowship, at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (with ENT UK);
  • Minimally and Maximally Invasive Colorectal Cancer (MiMICC) Fellowship, at St. Mark's Hospital, London North West Healthcare University NHS Trust (with ACPGBI).

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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