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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 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 Royal College of Surgeons 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 logo on course materials and website
  • Use of the strap line ‘Accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England’
  • Listing on RCS Website 
  • Listing in RCS Bulletin
  • Use of RCS participant evaluation questionnaire
  • Applicable courses will be awarded with 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

In order to apply, a course organiser must register with the RCS Accreditation Portal and complete an application under 'Short Course'. The RCS fee structure for Course Accreditation and further information about the process can be reviewed on the RCS Accreditation Portal.

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.

Accredited course provider Course Period of accreditation Contact
London Colorectal Ltd Transanal Haemorrhoidal Dearterialisation Course Initially accredited Februry 2012. Reaccredited January 2019 - January 2022
Mr Pasquale Giordano, Consultant Surgeon and Senior Lecturer
Warrington & Halton NHS Foundation Trust Anaesthesia, Trauma and Critical Care course Initially accredited July 2013. Reaccredited December 2016 - November 2019
Dr Mark Forrest, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care
Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Trauma and Burns Course Initially accredited July 2014. Reaccredited January 2018 - December 2020
Mrs Veronica Bowes, Specialist Training Coordinator
Guys & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust St Thomas' Cadaveric Hand Trauma Course Initially accredited December 2014. Reaccredited January 2018 - December 2020
Mr Jamil Ahmed, Associate Specialist in Plastic and Hand Surgery
Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust Masterclass of Intramedullary Nailing: Tips and Tricks Initially accredited December 2014. Reaccredited April 2018 - March 2021
Prof Subhash Halder, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, London Oncoplastic Breast Surgery and ADM Reconstruction October 2015 - September 2018
Mr Michael Douek, Consultant General Surgeon
National Organ Retrieval Service National Organ Retrieval Course Initially accredited February 2016. Reaccredited January 2019 - January 2022
Professor Rutger Ploeg, NHSBT National Lead for Organ Retrieval
Ashford & St Peter's NHS Trust Chertsey Ilizarov Course April 2016 - March 2019 Mr Arshad Khaleel, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Postgraduate Orthopaedics Postgraduate Orthopaedics April 2016 - March 2019 Mr Paul Banaszkiewicz, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Papworth Hospital International DCD Heart Symposium  December 2016 - November 2019  Mr Stephen Large, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon 
Leighton Hospital, Crewe Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair Course  December 2016 - November 2019  Mr Magdi Hanafy, Consultant General Surgeon
University College London Hospital  UCLH Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy for Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma course  February 2017 - January 2020 Professor Mark McGurk, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Head and Neck Surgeon
Southmead Hospital, Bristol  Southmead Plastic Surgery for Surgical Trainees course  February 2017 - January 2020 Mr Robert Warr, Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Venue: Barts Cancer Institute, London FRCS (Tr & Orth) Viva Course for Orthopaedic Surgeons
January 2019 - January 2022
Mr Jeh Mahaluxmivala, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon; Administrator: Madge Chambers
Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS), University of Oxford  Bristol and Oxford Surgical Trials intervention Course (BOSTiC)  July 2017 - June 2020 Professor David Beard, Botnar Research Centre, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS)
Vesalius Clinical Training Unit, Centre for Applied Anatomy, Southwell Street, Bristol BS2 8EJ Operative Skills in Neurosurgery March 2019 - March 2022
Director: Mr George Malcolm, Consultant Neurosurgeon
Advanced Trauma Nursing Course
A four-day course for registered nurses, paramedics and ODPs, alongside doctors on the ATLS course
July 2018 - June 2021
Chair: Mr Robert Pinate MSc BSc RN
Online learning, containing 300 interactive Q&A prostate MRI cases
January 2019 - January 2020
 Professor Jeremy Grummet, Urological Surgeon and Director of Clinical Research in Urology at Alfred Health
 Queen's Hospital, Romford
 Trauma and Essential Surgical Skills
January 2019 - January 2022
 Mr Saswata Banerjee, Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon
 Global Clubfoot Initiative
 UK Clubfoot - Training leves 1 & 2
Janaury 2019 - January 2022
 Mrs Rosalind Owen, Executive Director at Global Clubfoot Initiative
 Canterbury Christchurch University
Foundations in Surgical Skills and Anatomy for the Physician Associate
January 2019 - January 2022
Mrs Roz Tucker, Physician Assistant
 Vesalius Clinical Training Unit
Operative Skills in Neurosurgery
March 2019 - March 2022
 Mr George Malcolm, Consultant Neurosurgeon
 BOSTAA Advanced Arthroscopic Knee
March 2019 - March 2022
 Mr Panos Thomas, Consultant Knee and Sports Surgeon, and Professor Fares Haddad, Hip and Knee Reconstructive Surgeon
 David Nott Foundation
Hostile Environments Surgical Training (HEST) Course June 2019 - June 2022
 Mr Ivar Milligan, Chief Executive
 Medical Protection Society
Professional Behaviours Masterclass for Cosmetic Surgery
 June 2019 - June 2022  Dr John Jolly, Head of Member Risk Education
 Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication (at University of Cambridge)
 Communicating Potential Harms and Benefits: Perioperative Version
 June 2019 - June 2022  Dr Alexandra Freeman, Executive Director
 Medical Aid for Palestinians

 Basic Surgical Skills course &

Core Skills in Laparoscopic Surgery course

 July 2019 - July 2022
 Dr Andrew Ferguson, Director of Programmes
 University Hospital of North Tees
Single Incision Laparoscopic Colorectal Course (SILCS)
 July 2019 - July 2022  Mr Prem Thambi, Colorectal Surgeon and course organiser


If you have any queries about Course Accreditation that are not covered in our standards and frequently asked questions, please contact the Quality Assurance Department at or on 020 7869 6236/6208.

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