|Recognition and reward|
|Monday, 21 November 2011|
The College has launched an initiative to support dedicated surgeons who deliver training while meeting service targets
Are you passionate about training the surgeons of the future? Do you feel you get the necessary reward and recognition for your effort? The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is committed to supporting excellence in surgical training for its current and future members.
With this in mind, the College has established a Scottish pilot project of a Faculty of Surgical Trainers, the aim of which is to secure greater recognition for the central role of surgical training in the delivery of high quality patient care.
“We recognise that there are surgeons of all grades who are keen trainers but who are finding it increasingly difficult to give the time and resources to do this well”
The way we deliver surgical training is by necessity changing and evolving. The traditional surgical apprenticeship model, which had an enviable reputation for producing competent and safe clinicians, relied on trainees spending long hours in their place of work delivering service, during which time they developed skills and knowledge. Given the reduction in the time available, necessitated by the full implementation of the European Working Time Regulations, and increasing service pressures to reduce waiting times, the challenge now is to continue to deliver high quality training within the current service context.
There are a host of surgical trainers out there who are dedicated and passionate about delivering high quality surgical training. These trainers exist across all specialties and work in both teaching and district hospitals. As a faculty, we want to seek you out to give you increased recognition, support and reward.
We will find, adopt, and disseminate both current best practice and new ways of providing high quality surgical training. The aim is to find, help, and reward those surgeons who continue to deliver good training despite the ever-increasing pressures to fulfill service targets. We recognise that there are surgeons of all grades who are keen trainers but who are finding it increasingly difficult to give the time and resources to do this well.
The faculty has already held a series of initial meetings throughout Scotland. There was a very positive response from both consultant trainers and trainees. Constant themes that emerged from these meetings were that trainers want recognition and reward for the important role that they play, training for the job of being a surgical educator and support in designing and running new surgical courses.
The faculty is currently open to both consultant trainers and trainees. At present we are accepting founding members into the faculty. All you have to do is apply through www.rcsed.ac.uk/fstapplication. Already we have seen over 100 individuals join the faculty. We hope to gradually raise the bar for admission so that membership of the faculty recognises, promotes and rewards excellence in surgical training rather than enthusiasm alone.
We are setting up a steering group for the faculty, who will develop the educational framework that will form the backbone of the faculty. Their aim will be to ensure that the faculty delivers support and resources that are relevant to the typical surgical trainer.
For now, we need your thoughts on how the faculty can support and help you, so why don’t you join up and put your ideas and energy into improving surgical training? We look forward to your support in this new venture.
The role of the Faculty will be to:
Craig McIlhenny, Project Lead for the Faculty of Surgical Trainers and Consultant Urological Surgeon at Forth Valley Royal Hospital