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In another year marked by ongoing change and innovation, RCSI, under the
Leadership of Professor Oscar Traynor, has continued to support and nurture
surgical leaders of the future through the continued development of the new
surgical training pathway, while providing surgeons in practice with an array
of services specifically designed to enhance professionalism throughout every
career phase.
Training Pathway
The new Training Pathway was initiated in
January 2013. We have now completed
two years of the new programme for
surgical trainees and our Emergency
Medicine specialty has recently migrated
to the seamless training pathway. It was
encouraging that more than 90% of
new pathway surgical trainees secured
their preferred specialty positions in
Surgical Training (ST) 2, affording them
the opportunity to compete for training
in their preferred specialty in ST3. At
the end of January 2015, the first cohort
of the new Surgical Training Pathway
competed for entry to the specialty
training programme in ST3 to commence
in July 2015.
The successful progression of trainees
from ST2 to ST3 has been a further
positive step, but implementation of the
new pathway remains challenging in the
context of the current service delivery
model. To mitigate these pressures, our
strategy has been to support the new
pathway with structured learning and
skills interventions covering both clinical
expertise and important human factors
capabilities, including decision-making,
communication, team work, conflict
resolution and error management.
The new pathway will continue to be
adapted to meet the needs of trainees
and specialties, as well as the challenges
of the changing healthcare environment
which it serves. Excellence in surgical
training is a key factor in the delivery of
high-quality patient care in the future
and, guided by that principle, we remain
steadfastly committed to the success
of the Surgical Training Pathway, as well
as the objectives that shape it, i.e., the
imperative to continue to attract the best
candidates to the surgical profession and
to train them to the highest standards.
A crucial factor in ensuring the
effectiveness of the new pathway is
the measurement of progress based
on assessed competency. To further
strengthen the precision of this approach,
the College has invested in a new Quality
Assurance Office within Surgical Affairs.
Its role is to provide valuable oversight on
our assessment processes to ensure they
are robust and rigorous.
RCSI wishes to acknowledge ongoing
support for our training objectives from
HSE National Doctors Training and
Planning (NDTP) which has helped to
ensure seamless continuity in our training
cycles, accommodating trainees on
the new Surgical Training Pathway and
trainees completing the previous training
path. We also continue to foster close
collaboration with NDTP in relation to
the development of manpower planning
within the healthcare system.
2014 saw the appointment of Hospital
Based Programme Directors to support
Core Training. We thank these and all our
trainers for all that they do to support
and deliver training as well as the team
in our Faculty and the RCSI Anatomy
National Surgical Training Centre (NSTC)
The ongoing progress in the construction
of the New Academic Education Building
(NAEB), will enable a step change in the
development of our skills and behaviour
training for both Surgery and Emergency
Medicine trainees. The new NSTC will
form part of the top three clinical learning
floors in the building, which will be
dedicated to the provision of a state of
the art learning environment.
As a pioneer in the development of
structured learning and human factors
curricula, RCSI is delighted that the NSTC
Mr Eunan Friel,
Managing Director, Surgical Affairs
90% of new pathway
surgical trainees
secured their
preferred specialty
Professor Norman Williams, Director, National Centre for
Bowel Research and Surgical Innovation, UK, receives an
Honorary Fellowship at the RCSI Millin Meeting 2014.