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Centre accreditation

Providing a quality mark for surgical education

A growing number of hospitals, medical organisations and medical equipment companies are providing a range of education courses for surgeons, face-to-face and online.

Often these courses are run at the provider's own centre, or the courses are developed by the provider and run at various locations in the UK and overseas. In addition, training providers offer standalone online learning courses, or a blend of distance and face-to-face learning.

The Royal College of Surgeons of England is keen to ensure and enhance the quality of courses offered by centres through its centre accreditation process.

The process involves a review of an entire surgical education centre. This includes assessment of facilities, resources and faculty; the education portfolio; and the infrastructure and quality management processes which underpin the delivery of the centre's educational product. RCS centre accreditation is only awarded where there is a clear demonstration of, and a broad confidence in, the quality of each of these components.

Accreditation gives the centre a degree of autonomy in amending its course portfolio and introducing new courses during the accreditation period, subject to RCS approval.

Benefits of centre accreditation

The benefits of centre accreditation include:

  • expert review of the centre and all surgery-related course provision;
  • use of the strap line ‘Accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England’ for a three-year accreditation term (subject to satisfactory monitoring and review);
  • use of the RCS logo on materials and websites related to the centre, and each course run by the centre;
  • peer review of all surgical courses from a panel of leading surgeons;
  • listing on RCS website;
  • listing in RCS Bulletin;
  • use of RCS participant evaluation materials;
  • applicable courses will be awarded with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points as part of course accreditation.

How to apply

RCS Accreditation process

Accreditation can be applied for on our Accreditation Portal, by registering for a free account and starting a new activity. For Centre applications, please email to register your interest before starting your online application. Once an application has been submitted, the stages broadly follow the cycle shown below. Please also read the information required for centre accreditation.


Step 1 - Desktop assessment

Initial desk-based review of application for accreditation, including assesment of course participant feedback.

At each step of the process, the applicant may be asked for further information, or to amend the educational activity the provide, to meet RCS education standards.

Step 2 - Panel visit

If the application is viable, a visit to the education provider by an RCS review panel (including one or more senior surgeons) takes place. For Centre acccreditation, there may be multiple visits to asses more of the educational events offered.

Step 3 - Report writing stage

A report is written by a QA team member, including input from the RCS review panel, to be presented to the Quality Assurance Operational Group. This may include conditions and recommendations for the provider.

Step 4 - RCS Quality Assurance Operational Group meeting

The report is presented at the next QAOG meeting, which are held four times a year. Members of the QAOG discuss the application and the group makes a collective  recommendation to approve or reject the application. This may include conditions and recommendations for the provider.

Step 5 - RCS Learning & Assesment Committee

The recommendation of the QAOG is presented to the L&A Committee, who make the final decision on awarding accreditation. If awarded, accreditation lasts for three years. Accreditation may be accompanied by conditions to be met or recommendations to be considered by the applicant. The accreditation is accompanied by ongoing monitoring of educational provision.

Accredited centres and organisations (UK)

Newcastle Surgical Training Centre (NSTC)

Freeman Hospital, Freeman Road, High Heaton, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE7 7DN

Initially accredited July 2016. Accredited until June 2025.

The ICENI Centre

The ICENI Centre, Colchester Hospital, Turner Road, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5JL

Initially accredited November 2013. Accredited until March 2024.

The Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit (MATTU)

Postgraduate Medical School, University of Surrey, Manor Park, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7WG

Initially accredited in July 2014. Accredited until June 2025.

University College Hospital Education Centre

The UCH Education Centre, 250 Euston Road, London NW1 2PG

Initially accredited June 2017. Accredited until June 2024.

Accredited courses:

  • Basic Knee Arthroscopy;
  • Train the Trainer;
  • Enhancing Communication and Feedback Skills;
  • Practical Preparation for Orthopaedic ST3 Interviews;
  • Hands-on Gynaecological Laparoscopy Course.

Smith+Nephew Medical Education and Expert Connect Centre, Watford, UK

Initially accredited January 2018. Accredited until October 2023.

  • Delivery of the education and training at the Expert Connect Centre (ECC)
  • Global medical education offering
  • Online medical education via digital learning platform EDUCATION UNLIMITED
  • Regional Medical Education offering in Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA)
  • UK and Nordic Countries (UKI NOR)
  • Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH)
  • France, Belgium and Netherland (FRABENE)

Current course list

Peninsula Dental School, Plymouth

Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry

Initially accredited January 2018. Accredited until February 2024.

Edge Hill University Surgical Education Centre

Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 4QP

Initially accredited July 2018. Accredited until July 2024

The Edge Hill University Surgical Education Centre accreditation includes most of the pathways of the university's MCh Master of Surgery and all of the MSc Surgical Care Practice programmes.

West Midlands Surgical Training Centre

University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust, Clifford Bridge Road, Coventry, CV2 2DX

Initially accredited in July 2018. Accredited until 2025.

Cambridge Postgraduate Medical Centre

Including the Evelyn Cambridge Surgical Training Centre, and the Addenbrookes Hospital Simulation Centre.

Initially accredited July 2018. Accredited until June 2024.

Medical Realities

Initially accredited in January 2019. Accredited until June 2025.

This accreditation covers all the educational content offered by the platform.

Aesculap Academy

Aesculap Academy, Brockdal Road, Throncliffe Park, Sheffield

Initially accredited March 2019. Accredited until March 2025.

A list of accredited courses can be found online. All courses run in the UK are covered by this accreditation. There is a separate accreditation for international courses (see below in the international centres section)

Touch Surgery (Digital Surgery)

Touch Surgery Labs, 230 City Road, London EC1V 2QY

Initially accredited in June 2019. Accredited until June 2025.

A surgical simulation platform, with more than 200 surgical simulations across 14 specialties. All are available for free through iOS and Android apps

University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

Fylde Rd, Preston PR1 2HE

Initially accredited September 2019. Accredited until September 2025.

This accreditation covers UCLan's postgraduate offering in a range of surgery-related programmes that are open to clinicians from all grades and experience.

Medical Education, Leeds

Initially accredited June 2019. Accredited until September 2025

Covers teaching at three sites:

  • Leeds General Infirmary;
  • the LIMIT Centre in the Beckett Wing at St James' Hospital;
  • the Cadaveric Simulation Lab at the University of Leeds.

Accredited courses:

  • The Urology Simulation Boot Camp;
  • Central Venous Catheter insertion course;
  • Leeds Seldinger Chest drain course;
  • Leeds Implantable Devices for Surgical Skills;
  • Bridging the Gap Essential Surgical Skills;
  • Lumbar Puncture and Diagnostic Paracentesis course;
  • Laparoscopic Nephrectomy course.

Tipton Training

21 Radnor Street, Manchester M15 5RD

Initially accredited in July 2019. Accredited until June 2025.

Accredited courses:

  • PG Certificate in Restorative Dentistry;
  • PG Certificate in Operative Dentistry;
  • PG Certificate in Aesthetic Dentistry;
  • PG Certificate in Dental lmplantology;
  • PG Certificate in Advanced Dental lmplantology;
  • PG Diploma in Prosthodontics;
  • PG Diploma in Aesthetic Dentistry;
  • PG Diploma in Restorative Dentistry;
  • PG Diploma in Implant Prosthodontics;
  • PG Diploma in Dental lmplantology.


Clockwork Medical

Accredited March 2020 - February 2023.

List of accredited courses:

  • British Indian Orthopaedic Society Conference (BIOSCON)
  • Knee Debate Worcester
  • Patellofemoral Masterclass
  • Bristol Hip Arthroplasty Course
  • Wexham Park International Cruciate Ligament Meeting
  • Unicompartmental Knee Arthritis Symposium
  • British Patellofemoral Society Annual Meeting
  • Biological Knee Society Annual Meeting
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Society Annual Meeting
  • London Osteotomy Masterclass
  • Northern Osteotomy Masterclass
  • Sports Hip Surgery
  • Sports Knee Surgery
  • The Great Debate
  • Basingstoke Knee Osteotomy Masterclass

Inspire MediLaw

Accredited March 2020 - February 2023.

Accredited courses:

  • Expert Witness Training
  • Introduction to Inquests (clinicians as factual witnesses)
  • Jurisdictional Differences & Report Writing (Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence)
  • Medico-Legal Practice Management (PI & Clinical Negligence)
  • Annual Medico-Legal Expert Witness Conference & Networking
  • Medico-Legal issues in Cardiovascular Medicine and Surgery
  • Acquired Brain Injury Conference for PI/CN lawyers
  • Conversations on Consent

The ATACC Group (Anaesthesia, Trauma and Critical Care)

The Gate House, Lancashire Business Park, Leyland, Lancashire PR26 6TY

Accredited May 2020 - April 2023.

Accredited courses:

  • First aid Trauma and Casualty Care (FTACC) (Emergency)
  • First aid Trauma and Casualty Care (FTACC)
  • Basic Trauma and Casualty Care (BTACC)
  • Rescue Trauma and Casualty Care (RTACC)
  • RTACC Police (Enhanced First Aid Skills - D13/F3)
  • Nurse Trauma and Critical Care (NTACC)
  • Anaesthetic Trauma and Critical Care (ATACC)

Additional courses are in development and may be added to the accreditation once completed.

Anglia Ruskin University

The Gate House, Lancashire Business Park, Leyland, Lancashire PR26 6TY

Accredited May 2020 - April 2023.

Accredited courses: 

  • BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice (Apprenticeship)
  • BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice
  • MSc Surgical Care Practice
  • L6 Surgical First Assistant
  • MCH Urology

CPD Courses:

  • Enhanced Surgical Skill for the Surgical First Assistant
  • Care of the Patient Undergoing AnaesthesiaThe Principles and Practices of Anaesthesia
  • Perioperative Advances in Safe and Effective Patient Care
  • Post Anaesthetic and Acute Care

Simulation CPD including the following:

  • Head and Neck Facial Nerve Course
  • Hand Tendon Recovery Course
  • Cleft Palate Correction Course
  • Transanal Total Mesorectal Excision Course
  • Elevate Facial Plastic Surgery Course

Additional CPD events may be added to the accreditation


Accredited June 2020 - May 2023.

Accredited procedures:

  • Spinal Pedicle Screw
  • Total Knee Arthroplasty
  • Total Hip Arthroplasty (Posterior)
  • Total Hip Arthroplasty (Anterior)
  • Facetectomy

Additional procedures are in development and may be added to the accreditation once completed.

ESTC (Emergency Services Training Centre)

2 East Street, Twelve Quays, Birkenhead CH41 1BY

Accredited June 2020 - May 2023.

Accredited courses:

  • European Pre-Hospital Trauma Care Course

BD Health

Accredited June 2020 - May 2023.


Accredited November 2020 – November 2023.

Accredited courses:

  • Knee Fellowship Forum
  • Knee Masterclass (Cruciate and Collateral Ligament Management)
  • Knee Masterclass (Preservation)
  • Shoulder Fellowship Forum
  • Shoulder Masterclass
  • Shoulder Masterclass (Shoulder Preservation)
  • Shoulder Arthroplasty Masterclass
  • Hip Masterclass
  • Foot & Ankle Fellowship Forum 
  • Foot & Ankle Masterclass
  • International Trauma Course
  • International ACP Treatment Training
  • ACP – Spine Treatment Training 

Inovus Medical

Accredited June 2022 – June 2025. 

Inovus Medical provides the hardware and software platforms to allow simulation and training centres around the country to hold both face-to-face and remote surgical training. They connect both trainees and faculty through a system that allows for objective metrics and performance tracking, including video recording and the ability to give subjective comments from faculty prior to completion of formal assessments.

The accreditation covers: 

LapPass modules:

  • Grasping and manipulation
  • Tying extracorporeal Roeder knots and placing them to stimulate an appendicectomy
  • Cutting and accurate disc
  • Suturing/creating surgical knots under slight tension

General surgery modules: 

  • Appendicectomy
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Bowel Anastomisis

Gynaecology modules: 

  • Salpingostomy
  • Myomectomy
  • Hysterectomy

Zimmer Biomet Institute EMEA

Accredited November 2020 – November 2023.

Accredited courses:

  • Extremities
  • Foot & Ankle
  • Hip
  • Infection
  • Knee
  • ROSA
  • Spine
  • Sports Medicine
  • Trauma

Intuitive - Da Vinci Passport Training Programme

Accredited September 2022 - September 2025.

The Griffin Institute

Accredited September 2022 - September 2025


  • Basic and advanced Microsurger
  • ALSGBI Basic Robotic Surgical Skills
  • BIARGS Basic Robotic Surgical Skills
  • BIARGS Advanced Robotic Gynaecology Surgical Anatomy Skills
  • TGI Cadaveric Workshop for Laparoscopic Upper GI Surgery
  • TGI Cadaveric Workshop for Laparoscopic Lower GI Surgery
  • Emergency trauma: Stop the Bleed
  • Laparoscopic management of biliary calculi
  • Endoscopic submucosal dissection
  • Cadaveric workshop on laparoscopic liver resection
  • Cadaveric workshop on pelvic exenteration
  • Cadaveric total laparoscopic hysterectomy
  • Transanal minimal invasive surgery

Accredited centres and organisations (international)

Johnson & Johnson China

We accredit several centres in China as part of an ongoing relationship with Johnson & Johnson Medical China. Below is a list of all our currently accredited centres:

  1. J&J Medical Centres Shanghai. Initially accredited 2012, reaccredited until December 2024. Accredited courses:
    • Basic Laparoscopic Training Skills;
    • Training Course for Laparoscopic Radical Resection of Colorectal Carcinoma;
    • Training Course for Laparoscopic Radical Resection of Distal Gastric Cancer;
    • Laparoscopic Hernia Repair Technique Training Course;
    • Train the Trainers – Animal & Simulator Lab;
    • Basic Training in Orthopaedic Technique;
    • Urology Laparoscopic Course;
    • Training Course for Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery;
    • Posterior-Only Approach for Total En Bloc Spondylectomy on Porcine Course;
    • General Surgery Laparoscopic Course.
  2. J&J Medical Centres Beijing. Initially accredited 2012, reaccredited until December 2024. Accredited courses are the same as above.
  3. Hua Xi Minimally Invasive Surgery Training Institute. Initially accredited 2013, reaccredited December 2016 - December 2019. Accredited courses:
    • Kick-off course in Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery;
    • Advanced Course in Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery;
    • Kick off Training Course for Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery;
    • Advanced Training Course for Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery.
  4. Guangzhou First Affiliated Minimally Invasive Surgery Training Centre. Initially accredited 2013, reaccredited 2018 – 2021. Accredited courses same as above.
  5. Guangzhou Southern Hospital Nan Fang Minimally Invasive Training Centre. Initially accredited 2014; reaccredited 2018- 2021. Accredited courses:
    • Kick-Off Training Course for Laparoscopic Radical Resection of Gastric Cancer;
    • Advanced Training Course for Laparoscopic Radical Resection of Gastric Cancer;
    • Kick-Off Training Course for Laparoscopic Radical Resection of Colorectal Carcinoma;
    • Advanced Training Course for Laparoscopic Radical Resection of Colorectal Carcinoma.
  6. Nanjing Training Centre of General Surgery. Initially accredited 2014, reaccredited Dec 2019 - Nov 2022. Accredited courses:
    • Kick off Training Course for Laparoscopic Radical Resection of Colorectal Carcinoma;
    • Advanced COE Training Course for Laparoscopic Radical Resection of Colorectal Carcinoma.
  7. Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital. Initially accredited 2015, reaccredited until December 2024.
    Accredited course:
    • Laparoscopic surgical skills training.
  8. Henan Cancer Hospital, Minimally Invasive Skills Training Centre. Initially accredited 2016, reaccredited Dec 2019 - Nov 2022. Accredited course:
    • National Advanced Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy.
  9. Johnson & Changhai Neuro Interventional. Accredited January 2019, reaccredited until December 2024.
  10. Shanghai Chest Hospital. Accredited December 2019 - November 2022
  11. Shanghai Changzheng Hopital. accredited December 2019 - November 2022.

Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital & Research Centre

Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital & Research Center, Near Mhatre Bridge, Erandawne, Pune 411004, India.

Initially accredited July 2016. Accredited until August 2023.

Accredited courses:

  • Core Skills in Laparoscopic Surgery;
  • Hands on Course in Transoral Laser Surgery and Medialisation Thyroplasty;
  • Core Skills in Knee Replacement Surgery;
  • Basic Skills in Knee and Shoulder Arthroscopy;
  • Basic Skills in Endourology;
  • Hands on Laryngotracheal Reconstruction;
  • Hands on Course in Evaluation & Management of Swallowing Disorders.

Incision Academy

Incision, Mauritskade 63 (room BD-1), 1092 AD Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Initially accredited April 2017, reaccredited May 2020 - April 2023

Incision provides an large number of online surgical education courses via its website.


Online orthopaedic surgical 'Atlases'

Initially accredited July 2017. Accredited until April 2023

A large number of stepwise overviews of orthopaedic operations, using a series of still images with accompanying text, annotations and CPD activities.

University of Sharjah (Medical & Dental)

We accredit both the Clinical and Surgical Training Centre (CSTC) and the College of Dental Medicine at the University of Sharjah, UAE.

CSTC: Initially accredited in January 2018. Accredited until March 2024

Dental College: Accredited July 2018 - June 2021.

Egyptian Military Medical Academy

Egyptian Military Medical Academy,7 Ihsan Abdul Quddus Street, Tamiflu, Cairo, Egypt

Accredited December 2019 - November 2022

Accredited programme:

  • The Egyptian Medical Board in General Surgery.

Aesculap Academy (international)

In addition to the accreditation of Aesculap Academy's educational provision in the UK, we have accredited the following centres in:

1. Germany:

  • Aesculap Akademie GmbH
    Am Aesculap-Platz
    78532 Tuttlingen
  • Aesculap Akademie im Langenbeck-Virchow-Haus
    Luisenstraße 58/59
    10117 Berlin
  • Aesculap Akademie GmbH
    Gesundheitscampus-Süd 11-13
    44801 Bochum

Accredited March 2020 - February 2023

list of accredited courses:


2. Czech Republic

Aesculap Akademie
B.Braun Medical s.r.o.
V Parku 2335/20
148 00 Praha 4
Czech Republic

Accredited May 2020 - April 2023

list of accredited courses:


3. Poland

Aesculap Akademia
ul. Tysiąclecia 14
64-300 Nowy Tomyś

Accredited May 2020 - April 2023


IMMAST (Institute of Medical and Minimal Access Surgery Training) Mumbai, India

Poonam Chambers, B-Wing, Opp, Atria Mall, Dr Annie Besant Road, Shiv Sgar Estate, Worli, Mumbai - 400018, India

Accredited March 2020 - February 2023

Orthofix Academy

Accredited November 2020 – November 2023

Accredited courses:

Level 1 (Fundamental), Level 2 (Intermediate) and Level 3 (Masterclasses) in:

  • Foot & Ankle
  • Paediatrics
  • Limb Reconstruction
  • Trauma

Medtronic Surgical Innovations Guided Learning Pathway (GLP)

Accredited February 2021 - February 2024

Each guided learning pathway comprises of a number of milestones for colorectal, thoracic, general surgery and hernia. The training consists of complex activities spread over time that interact with each other.

Medtronic Cardio Centre, Turkey

Accredited October 2021 - October 2024 

This Medtronic Innovation Centre based in Istanbul is a reference centre for regional training with complete operational equipment for masterclass training (wet lab, facilities for seminars, simulation units, surgical and interventional base for hands-on demonstration equipment).

The accreditation covers the EMEA, LATAM and APAC regions.

108 Military Central Hospital, Vietnam

Accredited February 2021 - February 2024

Founded in 1951, 108 Military Central Hospital is a comprehensive multidisciplinary hospital and one of the five top-ranked national hospitals in Vietnam.

Viet Duc University Hospital, Vietnam

Accredited February 2021 - February 2024

Viet Duc University Hospital was established in 1902, in Hanoi. It is the largest surgical centre in Vietnam and specialises in the following major areas: medical care, scientific research, education and training, international cooperation, medical direction guidelines, medicine prevention and economic management.

Olympus China Medical Training and Education Center (C-TEC), Guangzhou

Accredited June 2021 – June 2024

Address: No. 111, No. 552, Dabei Road, Shiqiao Town, Panyu District, Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province. Post Code: 511400


ORSI Academy

Accredited December 2021 – December 2024

Orsi Academy specialises in the development, delivery and commercialisation of practical robotics training and courses for beginners through to advanced surgeons, healthcare professionals, medical devices industry and academics.


If you have any queries about Surgical Education Centre accreditation that are not covered in our frequently asked questions, please contact the Quality Assurance Department at or on 020 7869 6000.

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