The surgical team: is it time to embrace perioperative practitioners?

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19 Oct 2017

Perioperative practitioners are increasingly taking on care responsibilities previously carried out by the medical team, and, as the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) is soon to hold its third annual conference, RCSEd Council Member and Faculty of Perioperative Care (FPC) Lead Charlie Auld says now could be the right moment for the surgical specialties to embrace this important addition to the workforce. 

“RCSEd supports the whole surgical team and the role of perioperative practitioners because it is increasingly a key element in the health service providing safe patient care, working in partnership with the surgical team,” Charlie Auld explains.

The RCSEd Faculty of Perioperative Care is holding its annual conference in Birmingham Centre on Saturday 4 November 2017, and the key debate will be around ‘The surgical team: are perioperative practitioners working towards a medical model of care?.

“Physician associates are expanding rapidly in the UK across all disciplines and this important addition to the workforce needs to be embraced within the surgical specialties,” Charlie Auld says. “There are excellent examples of physician associates undertaking diagnostic procedures in addition to their role in surgical wards, outpatients and theatre.*

“That’s why we have extended an invitation to consultants and surgical trainees to this conference so that we can all benefit from hearing about “best case “examples of the wider surgical team working together to improve the patient’s experience.”


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> Visit the Faculty website

> Read more about the Annual Conference here

> Read the College's statement in response to the regulation of medical associate professions in UK government consultation


*RCSEd response to the Regulation of Medical Associate Professions in the UK government consultation

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) is concerned and disappointed that the government consultation has not recommended statutory regulation for surgical care practitioners (SCPs), despite support from the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine.

> The full statement issued by RCSEd can be read here.



About The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

RCSEd ( was first incorporated as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, and is one of the oldest surgical corporations in the world with a membership approaching 25,000 in over 100 countries worldwide. The College promotes the highest standards of surgical and dental practice through its interest in education, training and examinations, its liaison with external medical bodies and representation of the modern surgical and dental workforce. It is also home to the UK’s only Faculty of Surgical Trainers, open to all those with an interest in surgical training regardless of College affiliation. Find RCSEd on Twitter and on Facebook

The College is based at Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW and can be reached on (0)131 527 1600 or In March 2014, a new base opened in Birmingham, catering to the 80% of the College’s UK membership who are based in England and Wales.

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For further information on the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh contact: Siân Evans on 020 8674 89212 / 07752414433.

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