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Ian Eardley. The National Surgical Fellowship Scheme. Background. A large number of non training “Fellowship” posts have been available for several years (Pre and post CCT)

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background
Background
  • A large number of non training “Fellowship” posts have been available for several years (Pre and post CCT)
  • The DOH funded 70 Post CCT Fellowship posts in 2007 to release training numbers to deal with the ST3 bulge associated with MMC
  • Several specialties have Deanery funded interface posts eg Hand Fellowships (Pre CCT)
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Background
  • Several surgical specialty curricula produce “generalists” without (many) subspecialist skills
  • Fellowship training (with acquisition ofsubspecialist skills) is increasingly a requirement for consultant posts in several specialties
  • Fellowship training is currently unregulated
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Background
  • In 2009, RCS Council agreed proposals to develop a National Surgical Fellowship scheme
  • In 2010, a cross specialty group was established (including representatives of the Specialty Associations) to oversee the institution of this programme
  • In 2011, RCS Council approved proposals for quality assurance of Fellowship posts
objectives
Objectives
  • Develop a register of Fellowship posts
  • Develop quality assurance processes for these posts
  • Develop processes for trainee assessment
  • Manpower planning
  • Lobby for central funding
quality assurance of the post
Quality Assurance of the Post
  • Employing Trust applies to RCS England
  • QA Department coordinates assessment of the post by SAC and Specialty Association
  • If successful, approval given, subject to review for a period of up to 5 years
  • Annual review via online trainee evaluation and logbooks
rationale for approval
Rationale for Approval
  • Provides a structured educational experience prior to or immediately after CCT
  • Is designed to deliver the requirements of a subspecialty which is not readily available within CCT training
  • Has an established curriculum
  • Does not impinge on the training of pre-CCT trainees
  • Allied to workforce opportunities in the specialty
who can undertake a fellowship
Who can undertake a Fellowship?
  • Senior Trainees (OOPT)
  • CCT holders wishing to obtain additional expertise
  • Newly appointed consultants wishing to obtain additional skills
  • Existing Consultants wishing to learn new skills
what do trusts get
What do Trusts get …….?
  • Advertise the post with the College Eagle motif and strap line;
    • “This fellowship post has been approved by the Royal College of Surgeons and the …… specialty association”
  • Listing on the College website
future plans
Future Plans
  • Develop a register of such posts
  • Develop quality assurance processes (Launch 2012)
  • Develop processes for trainee assessment
  • Manpower planning
  • Lobby for central funding

For further information contact:

Anna Yerokhinaayerokhina@rcseng.ac.uk

Ian Eardley ian.eardley@btinternet.com