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RCSEd Trainees' Committee Election


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10 Jan 2019

The Trainees’ Committee of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh was established in August 2012.  Since its creation, the Committee has become the main platform for ensuring that the views of trainees are considered in all aspects of the College’s activities. Its activity to date includes, but is not limited to:


  • Deliver the opinions and priorities of the College trainee membership directly to RCSEd Council, through its elected representative.
  • Work externally as RCSEd representatives with bodies such as the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the British Medical Association, the Association of Surgeons in Training, as well as many other organisations.
  • Liaise with the RCSEd policy and public affairs team, providing trainee perspective on political consultations and interactions.
  • Direct and lead strategic project work in the College, most notably the Bullying and Undermining Campaign
  • Participation in numerous short life working groups on topics such as flexible working and whistleblowing.
  • Taking forward specific initiatives on behalf of trainees, for example negotiating with HMRC for tax relief for mandatory trainee fees.
  • Interacting with College members, fellows, affiliates and students at outreach events in various regions.
  • Joining faculty for College competitions and courses, such as the Student Surgical Skills Competition.


RCSEd is now looking for new members of the Trainees’ Committee by election from within the trainee members of the College. It is anticipated that six new members will be elected, however this number may be subject to change.

The positions will be for a period of two years and it is a pre-requisite of standing for election that you have permission from your Programme Training Director.  There is also an opportunity to extend the term for a further 12 months. Current members of the Trainees’ Committee coming to the end of their first two year term are eligible, through this process, to apply to be re-elected for the one year extension of Committee membership.

Membership of the Trainees’ Committee involves attendance at meetings of the Committee, as well as support for other College activities, such as attendance at external meetings/events. The time commitment for membership of the Trainees’ Committee is approximately twelve to fifteen days per year, depending on College and external activities.

Click here to view all nomination application details.

The closing date for completed applications is 4.00 pm on Tuesday 26 February 2019.


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