Project Transform: The future of RCS education
19 Apr 2017
Throughout 2017, we will continue our ambitious programme of transforming the way we support our membership and advance surgical care.
Over the past year we have been conducting a review of our educational courses, involving the views and opinions of a range of stakeholders, specialty associations, course faculty and members. It has now been agreed by the RCS Council that going forward, the courses that we deliver should focus on:
- ‘Broad based’ (e.g. Basic Surgical Skills)
- Cross specialty (e.g. Specialty Skills in Emergency Surgery and Trauma), and
- Professional development courses (e.g. Training the Trainers).
From the time that the RCS building closes for development (30 June 2017), we will no longer run specialty courses or some of our professional development courses. We believe that this new approach to courses will benefit the profession and enable us to meet future demands in technology, innovation and research, in addition to providing access to the best quality knowledge and skills at each surgical career stage.
During the RCS building redevelopment, we will manage and deliver our revised course portfolio in partner centres; there will be a London centre and a regional centre, to be announced shortly. The courses that we already run regionally are unaffected.
In the redeveloped RCS building from 2020 there are plans for a state-of-the-art Professional Surgical Centre with a focus on new technology.