RCS England welcomes training opportunities in the independent sector
08 Sep 2020
Commenting on today’s NHS system letter on training opportunities in the independent sector, Vice-President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Professor Cliff Shearman said:
“Our College is committed to enabling trainees to access as much practical training in theatre as possible. Trainees are our future surgical workforce. Their skills will be sorely needed as we tackle the backlog of operations created by the COVID pandemic.
“We need to make use of operating theatres and clinical facilities in the independent sector, to supplement the space we have in the NHS, if we are to get through this mammoth backlog. Many operations undertaken in the private sector are less complex, and therefore ideal for training, so it’s essential that trainees are not excluded.
“We are delighted our work with NHSE, HEE and the Independent Health Providers Network has led to an agreement with independent sector providers who treat NHS patients under the NHSE national contract to include training. It’s only right that NHS-funded treatment should help train the NHS workforce of the future.
“Trainees have worked flexibly and shown their commitment to supporting the NHS through this difficult time. They deserve the chance now to get back to the specialism they chose. Every opportunity should be taken to provide them with access to good quality training opportunities.”
“We will continue to work with all the relevant stakeholders to ensure there are opportunities for surgical trainees across all NHS contracts with the independent sector.”
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