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Providing a quality mark for surgical education

A surgeon using a microscopeFrom 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.

Accreditation update

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
  • reapproved the Colchester Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship at the ICENI Centre
  • reapproved the Frimley Park Hip Fellowship, in Camberley
  • reapproved the Musgrove Park Hospital Post-CCT Fellowship in Bariatric and Benign Upper GI Surgery, in Taunton
  • approved the award of RCS Senior Clinical Fellowship Certificates to 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); and Mr Naim Fakih Gomez (Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust Bariatric Surgery Fellowship)

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. 

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)

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.

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

Get it accredited!

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)

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