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University Programme Accreditation

Providing a quality mark for surgical education

It is essential that further opportunities are made available to surgical trainees who wish to supplement their formal training programme. We are therefore keen to support the development of Higher Education Institution (HEI) programmes which enhance the knowledge and skills underpinning evidence-based clinical practice and research in surgery.

We have established a process for the accreditation of HEI programmes in surgery and surgery related disciplines. In this, we seek to work in partnership with the providers of surgical education in HEIs to ensure the highest standards of education in surgery.

Benefits of Programme Accreditation

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

How to apply

Our accreditation process for HEI programmes has been designed to articulate closely with the course validation and quality assurance requirements that are common to most universities. We review the programme documents and materials, and conduct a panel visit. The criteria against which proposals would be considered are in line with those for the approval of an undergraduate programme to comply with the Quality Assurance Agency's Quality Code for Higher Education.

In order to apply, a programme organiser must register with the RCS Accreditation Portal and complete an application under 'Higher Education / Degree Programmes'. The fee structure for Programme 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 Programmes Provider
Period of accreditation

MCh Master of Surgery in Otorhinolaryngology Edge Hill University July 2014 - June 2017 MCh Programme Lead: Dr Steve Jones
MCh Master of Surgery in Trauma and Orthopaedics Edge Hill University July 2014 - June 2017  MCh Programme Lead: Dr Steve Jones
MCh Master of Surgery in Rhinology Edge Hill University July 2014 - June 2017 MCh Programme Lead: Dr Steve Jones
MSc in Orthopaedic Science (distance learning) University of Dundee Initially accredited July 2013; reaccredited February 2017 - January 2020 MSc Programme Lead(s): Professor Rami J Abboud, Dr Tim Drew
MCh Orth Master of Orthopaedic Surgery University of Dundee Initially accredited July 2013; reaccredited February 2017 - January 2020 MCh Orth Programme Lead(s): Professor Rami J Abboud, Dr Tim Drew
MSc Trauma and Orthopaedics University of Salford Reaccredited July 2016 - June 2019 Head of Department, School of Health: Mrs Susan Buttress
Egyptian Military Medical Academy programme Egyptian Military Medical Academy, Cairo, Egypt February 2017 - January 2020 Dr Ahmed Tawdi, 7 Ihsan Abdul Quddus Street, Tamiflu, Cairo, Egypt

Contact

If you have any queries about HEI programme accreditation that are not covered in our standards and frequently asked questions, please contact the Quality Assurance Department at qa@rcseng.ac.uk or on 020 7869 6236/6221.

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