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Royal College of Surgeons and the University of Manchester announce surgical education partnership

10 Nov 2017

The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) is pleased to announce a partnership that will see its surgical education courses delivered at the University of Manchester. The partnership is being launched at an event this week at the University of Manchester, attended by RCS President, Professor Derek Alderson.  

The RCS provides educational and practical workshops for surgeons and other medical professionals at all stages of their careers. The new partnership will make the University of Manchester the RCS’s ‘ outreach hub in the North and Midlands’, with RCS faculty members delivering courses using the state of the art facilities at the university. The RCS is also increasing its regional activities. 

The partnership has come about as the RCS embarks on a major redevelopment of its headquarters in London, limiting the courses it can provide in its own buildings for the next three years. 

Professor Derek Alderson said:

“We are very excited to be visiting the University of Manchester today to launch this partnership. The University’s excellent facilities will allow us to continue to offer the wide range of cross-specialty and professional development courses that surgeons and other medical professionals have come expect from the RCS at the highest possible standards. 

“We are also delighted to be creating a hub outside of London, something we know our members have asked for in the past.” 

Professor Peter Clayton, Head of the School of Medical Sciences, University of Manchester said:

“The role that the Royal Colleges play in benefiting patients and healthcare in the UK is immeasurable and the University is honoured and delighted that the College has chosen to partner with us to deliver a significant portion of its education programme and to establish a hub for the North and Midlands. For the surgeons who will pass through these doors, the value of being able to update their skills and the opportunity for the RCS to train more junior colleagues in a simulated environment will make a significant contribution to the skills of these professionals."

The RCS is redeveloping its ‘Barry-designed’ grade II* listed building as part of Project Transform, which will see the redeveloped space become a modern and light facility, providing the best education, examination and research resources for the nation’s surgeons. The project will refurbish and maintain the historic façade and library.

The full list of surgical and dental courses that the Royal College of Surgeons offers is available here. Courses will also be offered with partners in London which will be announced next year. 

Notes to editors

The Royal College of Surgeons of England is a professional membership organisation and registered charity, which exists to advance surgical standards and improve patient care.

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