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RCSEd to Assimilate Institute of Remote Healthcare

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17 Mar 2015


The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) has agreed to assimilate the Institute of Remote Healthcare (IRHC) into the College. This move will facilitate the setting and maintaining of standards for remote healthcare practice, the accreditation of courses, and recognition, through appropriate certificates from the RCSEd, of the level of membership attained.

The IRHC was founded in 2008 with the central aim of promoting standards in remote healthcare and providing a professional home to meet the needs of Remote Healthcare Practitioners, Offshore Medics and all clinicians working in remote environments, through education, training and regulation.

Speaking about the announcement Professor Nelson Norman, President IRHC, said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity for this Institute, and our members. There is a lot of work still to do to make this a reality but, once in place, we will truly have the chance to drive the quality of remote medical care. There will be globally recognizable training, professional qualifications and status for medics and doctors, and an acknowledgment of the challenges and specialised knowledge required of those delivering medical care in remote areas. The existing levels of IRHC membership will be considered as part of the overall development, and determination of post-nominals resulting, ultimately, in professional recognition across the globe.”

A steering group has been set up to facilitate the smooth assimilation of the Institute and develop an infrastructure which will support and recognise all those involved in remote healthcare, as per the original aims of the IRHC. The group will be led by Council Member, Mr John Duncan and will hold its first meeting on 27 March.

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