RCSEd Statement in support of trainees

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16 Nov 2020

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh would like to formally thank the vital role that trainee doctors have made to tackling the Covid crisis.

We are acutely aware of the disruption the pandemic has caused to training and the strain it has placed on the physical and mental well being of trainees. The second wave and the ever-increasing backlog of cancelled elective surgery mean that we need to support our trainees more than ever, so the first step must be to acknowledge their role, understand their concerns and offer support and advice where we can.

Good surgical care comes from motivated and focused teams focused on constant improvement and learning. This in turn relies on mutual support, respect and encouragement.

Consultants have an important role in creating positive working cultures by nurturing and empathising with trainees. There have been many examples of behavioural change during the pandemic and we want to ensure these are shared and spread. We are trying to facilitate this through, for example, our ongoing series of webinars and the continuation of vital educational and training courses.

We are therefore grateful for the role that trainees are playing. As stated, we are working hard to understand and react to issues as they arise as well as work with Deaneries, Trust and Health Boards. We will continue to do so.



About The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

RCSEd was first incorporated as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, and is based in Edinburgh and Birmingham. It is one of the oldest surgical corporations in the world with a worldwide membership of almost 29,000. The majority of our members practice across the UK, with 11,000 professionals based in England and Wales. The College also has a significant global presence with 11,000 members in over 100 countries worldwide. 

The College promotes the highest standards of surgical and dental practice through 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.

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Issued by Beattie on behalf of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. For further information, please contact the team on rcsed@beattiegroup.com or Emma Bain on 07730 415 096.   

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