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RCSEd Supports Calls for Training Reforms

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24 Jan 2014


The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh supports calls made by Scotland's Chief Medical Officer, Sir Harry Burns in a recent The Herald article to reform medical training.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is committed to promoting the highest standards in surgical education, training and clinical practice, which is why RCSEd launched its Faculty of Surgical Trainers; the first of its kind in the UK. RCSEd is also the only surgical college to include an elected trainee member on College Council, to voice the views of surgical trainees on such issues.

In our recent response to Professor Greenway’s Shape of Training report (October 2013), RCSEd acknowledged that there is a strong desire for change in the culture of training in the NHS and strongly supports initiatives to improve how surgical training is delivered.

With the evolving and increasing evidence that volume (and therefore specialism) matters in surgical outcomes, RCSEd recognises there can be a tension between ‘generalism’ and ‘specialism’, however, the College strongly supports the emphasis on the retention of ‘general skills’ to provide holistic care and support to staff emergency rotas.

RCSEd welcomes the recognition of the importance of apprenticeship training and is strongly supportive for the themes of teamwork and flexibility in training to improve surgical outcomes and enhance patient safety.

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