Foundation Trainees Surgical Societies UK (FTSS - UK)

About us:

The Foundation Trainees Surgical Societies (FTSS) offer a forum and a platform for all junior doctors considering training in and a career in surgery. It also offers insight in to transitioning on to core surgical training. Established in 2020, FTSS-UK has been set up by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in such a manner that there is regional representation and national collaboration in all FTSS activities. By joining one of our regional societies, you become part of a national organisation dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and advancement in surgical practice. Joining a regional FTSS also makes you eligible for affiliate status in the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. This webpage links all the FTSS societies across the UK

We are delighted to welcome you to the FTSS and the RCSEd family.


Structurally, the FTSS UK operates as a central hub for our associated regional societies spread regionally throughout the UK. Membership of one society offers access to all our College benefits and much more. To find your regional society visit the FTSS UK Contacts page.

Our Objectives:

The FTSS objectives are;

  1. To inspire young doctors to become the next generation of surgeons, and encourage representation from a wide and diverse group of motivated trainees.
  2. To provide the resources to help trainees develop their surgical skills via both virtual platforms and practical courses.
  3. To develop a network of enthusiastic foundation trainees across the United Kingdom to facilitate collaborations in learning, training  and research.

These objectives will be achieved through events, courses and workshops exclusively tailored to foundation trainees, helping you develop the necessary skills to succeed in a career in surgery.

WM-FTSS National Essay Competition 2023 - Deadline Extended to 5 October

West Midlands FTSS are delighted to present a national essay writing competition open to all FTSS members, foundation doctors and medical students. This competition aims to empower more junior clinicians to develop their research skills in current surgically related topics.

The top three highest scoring essays will be selected for oral presentation at the West Midlands Surgery Society Conference on Friday 27 October 2023, where the winner will be presented with a prize from the West Midlands Surgery Society. In addition to this, the highest scoring essays will be subject to consideration for publication in the “Advanced Journal for Professional Practice” (this remains at the journals discretion).

The essay title for this national competition is: “How will current innovative technologies influence future surgical training?”

Mandatory Essay Requirements

Word count: 1000-1500 words

Referencing style: Harvard referencing ‘site then write’

Document format: Word

Font style: Arial font 12 point, variable 1.12 spaced

Author details: Author name, list of qualifications of author, ORCID number (if possible), work address, full list of abbreviations used within essay (if used), author address for correspondence, contact email address, financial disclosure and details of any competing interests.

Key words: Author must choose 3-5 key words related to the essay.

Desirable Qualities

Essays should demonstrate:

  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of the topic in question with highly relevant interpretation. Essays should illustrate a breadth of the current literature with a variety of references.
  • A high degree of insight when evaluating and analysing the essay title.
  • Written in a coherent and logical manner to the organisation of the main body of text.
  • Use of vocabulary should be accurate, with clear sentence structures, appropriate grammar, and a high degree of fluency to the text.

Key Dates

  • Submission opens: 1 September 2023
  • Submission closes: 5 October 2023  

Submissions should be sent to by the above closing date to be considered.

College Events and Webinars

The FTSS host a number of exclusive webinars for its membership, these can be watched live, or accessed later from our archives.

Visit the FTSS UK Webinars page for further details.  

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