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Course accreditation

Providing a quality mark for surgical education

As well as running a large number of surgical education courses, the RCS England also accredits and monitors short courses run by other providers.

This is to ensure that a course has been developed in line with the College's criteria and standards for surgical education, and that the educational content, teaching methods, aims and learning outcomes are appropriate.

Course accreditation is usually awarded for three years following a successful panel visit to view the course in delivery. Any accreditation is subject to satisfactory annual monitoring and review.

Benefits of course accreditation

Having a course accredited will demonstrate that the course meets the standards as defined by the RCS England and that it offers a high-quality learning experience. Recognition of these factors may assist in attracting course delegates. Accredited courses will also receive the following benefits:

  • peer review from a panel of leading surgeons;
  • use of the RCS England logo on course materials and website;
  • use of the strapline ‘Accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England’;
  • listing on RCS England website;
  • listing in RCS England Bulletin;
  • use of RCS England participant evaluation questionnaire;
  • applicable courses will be awarded Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points as part of course accreditation.

Who can apply

Course accreditation is designed for short courses of up to and including five days in length. Any organiser or provider of educational or scientific courses which aid the development of competent surgeons or those from allied health professions can apply for course accreditation. However, only courses which can provide detailed and positive feedback from at least the previous two sittings of the course, or which have previously received course approval from the RCS, are eligible for 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.  Once an application has been submitted, the stages broadly follow the cycle shown below.

 

Step 1 - Desktop assessment

Initial desk-based review of application for 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 England education standards.

Step 2 - Panel visit

If the application is viable, a visit to the course by an RCS England review panel (including one or more senior surgeons) takes place.

Step 3 - Report writing stage

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

Step 4 - RCS England 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 & Assessment 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 courses

Transanal Haemorrhoidal Dearterialisation (THD)

Initially accredited February 2012. Accredited until January 2025.

Course Lead: Mr Pasquale Giordano

https://www.thdlab.co.uk/

St Thomas' Cadaveric Hand Trauma Course

Initially accredited December 2014. Accredited until December 2022.

Provider: Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Course Lead: Mr Jamil Ahmed

Postgraduate Orthopaedics

Initially Accredited April 2016. Accredited until February 2023.

Provider: Postgraduate Orthopaedics

Course Lead: Mr Paul Banaskiewicz

https://postgraduateorthopaedics.co.uk/

Headstart - Sentinel Node Biopsy Service in Early Oral Cancer Course 

Initially Accredited February 2017. Accredited until November 2022.

Provider: Head and Neck Cancer Foundation

Course Lead: Professor Mark McGurk

https://hncf.org.uk/snb-training

Bristol and Oxford Surgical Trials Interventions Course (BOSTiC)

Initially Accredited June 2017. Accredited until June 2024.

Provider: University of Bristol & University of Oxford

Course Lead: Professor David Beard

https://www.bristol.ac.uk/population-health-sciences/centres/surgical-research/education/courses/ 

FRCS (Tr & Orth) Viva Course for Orthopaedic Surgeons

Initially Accredited December 2018. Accredited until December 2024.

Venue: Barts Cancer Institute, London

Course Lead: Mr Jeh Mahaluxmivala

Trauma and Essential Surgical Skills (TESS)

Initially Accredited January 2019. Accredited until December 2024.

Venue: Queen's Hospital, Romford

Course Lead: Mr Saswata Banerjee

UK Clubfoot - Training Levels 1 & 2

Initially Accredited January 2019. Accredited until December 2024.

Provider: Global Clubfoot Initiative 

Course Lead: Mrs Rosalind Owen

https://globalclubfoot.com/uk-training/

Foundations in Surgical Skills and Anatomy for the Physician Associate

Initially Accredited January 2019. Accredited until December 2024.

Provider: Canterbury Christ Church University

Course Lead: Mrs Roz Tucker 

https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/

Advanced Arthroscopic Knee Course

Initially Accredited March 2019. Accredited until March 2025.

Provider: British Orthopaedic Sports Trauma and Arthroscopy Association (BOSTAA)

Course Leads: Mr Panos Thomas and Professor Fares Haddad

http://www.bostaa.ac.uk/

Hostile Environment Surgical Training (HEST) Course

Initially Accredited June 2019. Accredited until June 2025.

Provider: David Nott Foundation

Course Lead: Mr David Nott 

https://davidnottfoundation.com/

Single Incision Laparoscopic Colorectal Course (SILCS)

Initially Accredited June 2019. Accredited until June 2023.

Venue: University Hospital of North Tees  

Course Leads: Mr Talvinder Gill and Mr Millind Rao 

Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Course

Initially Accredited December 2019. Accredited until December 2022.

Venue: University Hospital of North Tees  

Course Leads: Mr Talvinder Gill and Mr Millind Rao 

The Hamlyn Symposium of Medical Robotics 

Initially Accredited September 2019. Accredited until September 2025.

Provider: The Hamlyn Centre for Medical Robotics

Course Lead: Professor Guang-Zhong Yang

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/hamlyn-centre/

Laparoscopic Bile Duct Exploration Course

Initially Accredited September 2019. Accredited until September 2023.

Provider: South Devon Upper GI Unit

Course Lead: Mr Stuart Andrews

Advanced Laparoscopic Hiatal Surgery Course

Initially Accredited December 2019. Accredited until December 2023.

Provider: South Devon Upper GI Unit

Course Lead: Mr Stuart Andrews

SCReaM Human Factors Course

Initially Accredited October 2019. Accredited until September 2025.

Provider: SCReaM Human Factors and Crew Resource Management 

Course Lead: Dr Ben Morrison

https://www.medisimulation.org/scream

The Northern FRCS Orth Revision Course

Initially Accredited October 2019. Accredited until October 2022.

Provider: Orth North

Course Lead: Mr Balaji Purushothaman

https://orthnorth.org.uk/

Challenges in Organ Donation, Retrieval and Transplantation

Initially Accredited December 2019. Accredited until December 2022.

Provider: Royal Papworth Hospital

Course Lead: Mr Marius Berman

Orthopaedic Evaluation of X-Rays

Initially Accredited March 2020. Accredited until March 2024.

Provider: Orthopaedic Evaluation of X-Rays

Course Lead: Dr Joseph Boktor

3DMedLive

Initially Accredited March 2020. Accredited until March 2023.

Provider: Future Science Group 

Organiser: Miss Lauren Pulling

https://www.future-science-group.com/

Orthobasics Course, South Africa

Initially Accredited June 2021. Accredited until June 2024.

Provider: Coastal Orthopaedic Group

Organiser: Dr Virsen Singh

https://www.coastalorthopaedics.co.za/

MRI Pro online

Initially Accredited January 2019. Accredited until January 2025.

Provider: MRI Pro

Course Lead: Professor Jeremy Grummet 

https://www.mripro.io/

Portsmouth Robotic Upper GI Course

Accredited September 2022 - September 2025.

Provider: Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Course Leads: Mr Gijs van Boxel and Mr Nick Carter

 

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