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the continued work
of noca, adequately
supported and
fully implemented,
will augment the
availability of detailed,
reliable and accurate
clinical data which,
in turn, can only help
enhance patient safety.
Professional Competence Scheme
The Professional Competence
Scheme, supporting the professional
competence needs of Surgical and
Emergency Medicine, Sports and
Exercise Medicine, and Ophthalmology,
is run by RCSI at the designation of
the Medical Council. Now in its third
year of operation under the leadership
of Professor Sean Tierney, Dean of
Professional Development & Practice,
the Scheme continues to go from
strength to strength.
Professional Development
The 2013/2014 Professional
Development Programme (PDP)
for non-consultant hospital doctors
(NCHDs) working in the fields of
surgery and emergency medicine
at RCSI offered a newly expanded
choice of technical skills and human
factors modules. The Programme,
which is now in its third year, is
commissioned and funded by the
Health Service Executive (HSE) to
facilitate NCHDs within the public
health service, who are not on training
schemes, to maintain their professional
competence in line with Medical
Council requirements, and provides
a structured means of achieving 20
external CPD credits.
The programme includes technical
skills modules and human factors
training. New to the technical skills
module in Surgery this year are the
"Fundamentals of Breast Surgery",
"Surgical Management of Trauma after
ATLS" and "Prosthetics and Orthotics
in Orthopaedics". Additional technical
skills modules include basic and
advanced surgical skills courses aimed
at SHOs. In the human factors module,
a new course, "Medical Error and
Patient Safety", was added.
International Activities
The last twelve months has seen an
intensification of our international
programmes throught the introduction of
Intercollegiate Fellowship Examinations,
the international roll-out of the OSCE
format and the implementation of the
revalidation programme in Qatar.
Joint Surgical Colleges Fellowship
The four Surgical Royal Colleges
(Edinburgh, England, glasgow and
Ireland) have introduced a new suite of
Intercollegiate Fellowship Examinations
for the international surgical community,
the Joint Surgical Colleges Fellowship
Examination (JSCFE). The JSCFE has
parity of standard with the existing
UK/Ireland Intercollegiate Fellowship
Examinations and will assess to this
standard. It carries the international
reputation of the existing UK/ Ireland
examination and has the value that
patients and the public can be reassured
that a surgeon achieving this standard
has the knowledge and skills to practice
independently. It is aimed at those in the
international community who are about
to, or who have recently completed their
training. Upon successful completion
of the examination, candidates will be
eligible to apply for election to the
Fellowship of any of the four Royal
Colleges. The first diet of the new
intercollegiate fellowship examination
ran successfully in November 2013 in Al
Ain in UAE. Further diets are currently
being planned with the next scheduled for
Colombo in Sri Lanka in October 2014.
OSCE format extended
The Objective Structured Clinical
Examination (OSCE) format for the MRCS
exam has been successfully rolled out in
Ireland and internationally in 2013.
a new company,
medical validation
ireland (mvirl),
was established
to undertake this
unique initiative.
Intercollegiate Fellowship graduates at the
July postgraduate conferring ceremony.
Professor Patrick Broe, President of RCSI pictured
with Professor Richard Heald, Director of Surgery,
Pelican Cancer Foundation & Director of the
National MDT/TME Development Programme,
signs the guest book at the RCSI Charter Day
meetings where he delivered The Johnson &
Johnson Lecture and was awarded an Honorary
Fellowship of RCSI.