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30 RCSI Annual Report 2012/13
SuRgICaL
aFFaIRS
The end of the 2012/13 academic year marks
another year of progress in RCSI towards the
Surgical Affairs Mission defined under our 2010
Strategic Planning process:

"We will support the RCSI Noble Purpose by delivering excellence in surgical education &
training and by setting and supporting the highest possible standards in surgical practice.
We will at all times act in the interest of patients and the quality of their care."
RCSI's successful Medical Council accreditation in 2011 has significantly informed a major
review of our surgical training pathway over the past year. The College has made very
significant progress in the re-design of the programme entering the 2013/14 training year,
as we anticipate a full rollout of the new pathway in 2014. The intellectual and manpower
drain on our service, due to serious exodus of junior doctors, is a huge challenge for both
the service in general, and training in particular. The steps we are taking in the reform of our
training pathway as well representation through the Forum of Postgraduate Training Bodies
(Forum) will hopefully bear some fruit in the future.
The relentless pressure on our health service from the continuing economic crisis challenges
not only our efforts to reform our training processes, but also on surgical service delivery
itself. Our continued leadership of The National Surgery Programme in collaboration with the
national Clinical Strategy and Programmes Directorate affords us an opportunity to shape
and influence the service delivery model. The recent launch in RCSI of the Acute Surgery
Model of Care marked another important milestone for the programme, and was a tribute to
the leadership of the programme's joint leads, Professor Frank Keane and Mr Ken Mealy, as
well as a very committed and hard working national surgery programme office.
We have been strongly encouraged and supported by both the HSE's Medical Education
& Training (MET) Unit as well as by the Medical Council as we seek to move to a shorter,
more streamlined training processes as well as the ongoing development of our Professional
Development Programmes and our Professional Competence Scheme.
We are extremely grateful to the ever enthusiastic staff of our Department for continuing to
rise to the challenge and deliver these much valued initiatives to both our trainees and our
practising clinicians.
Surgical Training
The development of our new training pathway has been a priority for Surgical Affairs, as well
as ISPTC, for the past year. We were pleased to receive the approval from the RCSI Council in
April of 2013, to proceed with a plan for full implementation in 2014. The development of a
blueprint for a new pathway, which was strongly supported by our President, Professor Patrick
Broe, involved extensive engagement with a wide range of stakeholders, and much hard
Our continued leadership of The
National Surgery Programme
in collaboration with the national
Clinical Strategy and Programmes
Directorate affords us an
opportunity to shape and influence
the service delivery model.