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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

Click each stage to find out more (if you're viewing on a mobile device you may have to scroll down for more info)

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 (UK)

The Welsh Institute for Minimal Access Therapy (WIMAT)

University Hospital of Wales, Medicentre Health Park, Cardiff, CF14 4UJ

Initially accredited July 2012, reaccredited January 2018 to December 2020

Accredited courses:

  • 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

Accredited courses:

  • Laparoscopic Upper GI Cadaveric Course
  • Newcastle Aesthetics & Functional Septorhinoplasty Course
  • Newcastle Head and Neck Cadaver Dissection 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

Accredited courses:

  • 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

Accredited courses:

  • 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


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

Accredited July 2017 - June 2020

Accredited courses:

  • 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

Accredited January 2018 - December 2020

Current course list

Plymouth Dental School

Plymouth University Penninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry

Accredited January 2018 - Deember 2020

Edge Hill University Surgical Education Centre

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

Accredited July 2018 - June 2021

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

West Midlands Surgical Training Centre

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

Accredited July 2018 - June 2021

Current accredited course list

Cambridge Postgraduate Medical Centre

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

Accredited July 2018 - June 2021.

 List of accredited courses

Aesulap Academia

Aesculap Academia, Brockdal Road, Throncliffe Park, Sheffield


Accredited March 2019 - March 2022

a list of accredited courses can be found online. All courses run in the UK are covered by this accreditation.

Touch Surgery (Digital Surgery)

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

Accredited June 2019 - June 2022

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

Medical Education, Leeds

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 Univerisity of Leeds

Accredited June 2019 - June 2022

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

Accredited July 2019 - July 2022

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

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 currentlyaccredited centres:

  1. J&J Medical Centres Shanghai. Initially accredited 2012, reaccredited January 2019 - January 2022. 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 January 2019 - January 2022. 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 Minimally Invasive Surgery Training Centre. Initially accredited 2013, reaccredited 2018 – 2021. Accredited courses same as above.
  5. Guangzhou 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. Training Centre of General Surgery. Accredited 2014 – 2017. 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 January 2019 - January 2022. Accredited course:
    • Laparoscopic surgical skills training
  8. Minimally Invasive Skills Training Centre, Henan Cancer Hospital. Accredited December 2016 - December 2019. Accredited course:
    • National Advanced Minimally Invasive Esophagectomy
  9. Johnson & Changhai Neuro Interventional. Accredited January 2019 - January 2022.

Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital & Research Centre

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

Accredited July 2016 - June 2019

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

Incision Academy

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

Accredited April 2017 - March 2020

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

University of Sharjah (Medical & Dental)

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

The Medical School is accredited January 2018 - December 2020, and the Dental College July 2018 - June 2021.


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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