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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 stand-alone 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
  • the infrastructure and quality management processes which underpin the delivery of the centre's educational products

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 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
  • Use of the RCS Logo on materials and websites for each surgical course run by the centre
  • Peer review of all surgical courses from a panel of leading surgeons
  • Listing on RCS Website
  • Listing on RCS Accreditation Portal
  • 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 (where relevant)

How to apply

In order to apply for surgical education centre accreditation, a centre will need to demonstrate that it has the academic and administrative infrastructure required for surgical education provision.

RCS Accreditation cycle

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Step 1 - Desktop assessment

Initial desk-based review of application for re/accreditation, including assessment of course participant feedback.

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

Step 2 - Panel visit

If the application is viable, a visit to the education provider by a RCS re/accreditation review panel - including one or more senior surgeons - takes place.

Step 3 - Report of review panel

Report of the review panel to RCS Quality Assurance Operational Group. This may include conditions and recommendations for the provider.

Step 4 RCS Quality Assurance Operational Group

If the QAOG supports accreditation for the application, it makes a re/accreditation recommendation to RCS Council. This may include conditions and recommendations for the provider.

Step 5 RCS Council: final decision

RCS Council makes the final decision on awarding accreditation. If awarded, accreditation lasts for three years. Accreditation may be accompanied by conditions to be met and/or recommendations to be considered by the applicant. The accreditation is accompanied by ongoing monitoring of educational provision.


Information required for centre accreditation

The table below outlines the type of information that would be required as part of a centre accreditation application. The centre accreditation application should be supported by existing policy statements and data, as well as any additional information that may be appropriate. The Criteria and Standards for surgical education centre accreditation, the fee structure and further information about the process can be reviewed on the RCS Accreditation Portal.


Once accredited, centres are required in the period of accreditation to provide six-monthly updates to the RCS on the courses provided by the centre which are covered by RCS accreditation.

If an accredited centre plans to introduce a new educational activity during the period of accreditation, the centre is requested to inform the College about this activity before the new activity takes place. If the centre wishes to include the new activity in its ongoing portfolio of accredited courses included under the umbrella of RCS centre accreditation, the centre will need to provide full information to the College about the aims, structure and content of the activity at least two months prior to running the activity as an accredited course, in order that it can first be reviewed by the College. If the centre plans to cease provision of an educational activity included under the umbrella of RCS centre accreditation, it is required to inform the College about this as soon as possible.

Information Required 
  Appropriate Learning Environment
  • Brief description of the centre (include evidence of a shared educational philosophy with College)
  • Range of programmes
  • Strategy for delivery surgical courses
  • A rationale for the proposed collaboration, both in terms of the programme and in working with College within the context of the centre strategy
  • Clear statement that the centre understands and agrees to operate the principles and practices established for the collaboration
  • Details of the resource base to support programmes – physical accommodation, revenue, capital support, computing facilities, subject specific resources
  • Staff details
  • Arrangements for educational and administrative support of participants
 Effective Organisational Structure
  • Description of the centre’s organisational structures
  • Learning and teaching strategy
  • How responsibility for programme design, delivery and assessment is devolved locally
 Quality Assurance of the Centre's Provision
  • The procedures for maintenance and enhancement of quality and standards
  • How the centre monitors and evaluates its overall performance
  • How programme quality is monitored and evaluated within the centre
  • How the centre will prepare monitoring and review reports
  • How the reports will be considered within the centre, and the process for implementing recommended actions
  • How participant evaluation of programmes occurs
  • Decision making and problem resolution systems at programme and centre level
Educational Portfolio
  • Number of courses/ specialties (subspecialties)
  • Course programme details (as per course approval requirements pro-forma)

Accredited Centres and Organisations

Accredited UK Centres Contact Details Period of accreditation
Accredited Courses

The Welsh Institute for Minimal Access Therapy (WIMAT)

University Hospital of Wales
Cardiff Medicentre
Heath park
Cardiff, CF14 4UJ

Initially accredited July 2012

Reaccredited January 2018 - December 2020

  • Right Sided Course (Part of the Welsh Laparoscopic Colorectal Training Scheme)
  • Left Sided Course (Part of the Welsh Laparoscopic Colorectal Training Scheme)
  • Cardiff Current Literature Review for the FRCS Orth
  • NICERC National Intensive Care Exam Revision Course
  • Basic Minimally Invasive Surgery course for NMQ Professionals
  • Surgical Practitioner and Assistance Training
  • Cardiff Spinal Revision Course for FRCS Orth and FRCS SN
  • Cardiff Vertebra Augmentation Course
  • Cardiff Revision VIVA Course for the FRCS Orth
  • Cardiff Spinal Injection
  • Cadaveric Musculoskeletal Injection
Newcastle Surgical Training Centre (NSTC)

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

 Reaccredited July 2016 - June 2019
  • Laparoscopic Upper GI Cadaveric Course
  • Newcastle Aesthetics & Functional Septorhinoplasty Course
  • Newcastle Head and Neck Cadaver Dissection Course
  • Laparoscopic Incisional and Groin Hernia Training (LIGHT) Cadaver Laboratory Course
  • Laparoscopic Colorectal Cadaver Laboratory Course
  • Upper Limb Trauma Cadaver Course
  • Colorectal Robotic Surgery Cadaveric Dissection Course
The ICENI Centre for Surgical Education and Research The ICENI Centre, Colchester Hospital, Turner Road, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5JL  Initially accredited November 2013 Reaccredited January 2018 - December 2020
  • Gastrointestinal Anastomosis Workshop
  • Management and Surgery of Reflux Disease
  • Bile Duct and Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
  • The STEPS Laparoscopic Colorectal Foundation Course
  • Essential Surgical & Laparoscopic Skills for Medical Students
  • Laparoscopic Hernia Repair Course
  • Next Steps Part One ‐ Laparoscopic Low Rectal Surgery
  • Next Steps Part Two ‐ The Tricky Bits
  • Next Steps Part Three ‐ Laparoscopic IBD Surgery
  • Training the Trainer Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery (LAPCO TT)
  • Basic Knee Arthroscopy
  • Basic Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Making Surgery Safer
  • Minor Surgery Refresher for GPs
The Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit (MATTU)

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

Initially accredited July 2014 Reaccredited January 2018 - December 2020
  • Annual MATTU Oesophago-Gastric Cancer Course-Symposium
  • Arthroscopy of the Hindfoot
  • Colorectal Masterclass
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystecomy course
  • Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery for Theatre Personnel
  • Laparoscopic Extra Peritoneal Hernia Masterclass (TEPP)
  • Laparoscopic Suturing Course
  • Sinus and Skull-Base Course
  • TME Masterclass
  • UK Forefoot Instructional Course
 OrthOracle  Online orthopaedic surgical ‘Atlases’ July 2017 - June 2020 A large number of stepwise overviews of orthopaedic operations, using a series of still images, with accompanying text,  annotations and CPD activities
 University College Hospital Education Centre  The UCH Education Centre, 250 Euston Road, London NW1 2PG  July 2017 - June 2020
  •  Basic Knee Arthroscopy
  • Train the Trainer
  • Enhancing Communication and Feedback Skills
  • Practical Preparation for Orthopaedic ST3 Interviews
  • Hands-on Gynaecological Laparoscopy Course

Expert Connect Smith & Nephew Surgical Education Centre

Various sites January 2018 - December 2020 Current course list
 Plymouth Dental School
Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry
January 2018 - December 2020


Accredited Overseas Centres Contact Details Period of accreditation
Accredited Courses
Johnson & Johnson Medical Centres (JJMC) Shanghai, China Johnson & Johnson Medical China, 4F Chang Kai International Tower, 355 Hong Qiao Road, Shanghai, China 200300 Initially accredited 2012; reaccredited 2015 - 2018
  • 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
  • Laparoscopic Suturing Training
Johnson & Johnson Medical Centres (JJMC) Beijing, China Johnson & Johnson Medical China, Wanhong Rd, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China 100015 Initially accredited 2012; reaccredited 2015 - 2018 Same as Shanghai (see above)

Hua Xi Minimally Invasive Surgery Training Institute (J&J)


West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China




Initially accredited 2013; reaccredited 2017 - 2020
  • 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

Minimally Invasive Surgery Training Centre (J&J)

The First Affiliated Hospital, Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China

Accredited 2013 - 2017 Same as Hua Xi Minimally Invasive Surgery Training Institute (see above)

Guangzhou Nan Fang Minimally Invasive Training Centre


Southern Medical University Hospital, TongHe, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China 510515





2014 - 2017
  • 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

Training Centre of General Surgery

The First Affiliated Hospital with Nanjing Medical university / Jiangsu Provincial Hospital, 300 Guangzhou Road, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China 210029

2014 - 2017
  • Kick off Training Course for Laparoscopic Radical Resection of Colorectal Carcinoma
  • Advanced COE Training Course for Laparoscopic Radical Resection of Colorectal Carcinoma
Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital, affiliated with the Medical School of Zhejiang University, 3 Qingchun East Road, Jianggan Qu, Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, China 310016 2015 - 2018 Laparoscopic surgical skills training
Minimally Invasive Skills Training Centre, Henan Cancer Hospital Henan Cancer Hospital, The Affiliated Cancer Hospital of Zhengzhou University, 127 Dongming Road, Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China 450008 2017 - 2020 National Advanced Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy
Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital & Research Center  Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital & Research Center, Near Mhatre Bridge, Erandawne, Pune 411004, India  July 2016 - June 2019
  • 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
Incision Academy

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

 April 2017 - March 2020 Incision provides a large number of online surgical education courses via its website.
University of Sharjah, UAE Clinical and Surgical Training Centre
January 2018 - December 2020


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 6208/6236.

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