Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Trainee information

Please see here for important information regarding the allocation of training places.

Dealing with Inappropriate Behaviour

Discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment either in the practice of surgery or in surgical training is completely unacceptable and inappropriate under any circumstance and should not be tolerated. Inappropriate behaviour in any modern workplace can have a serious and lasting adverse impact on those who are subjected to it. Discrimination, bullying and harassment demean individuals and prevent them from reaching their true potential. 

Everyone involved in Surgical Training has a responsibility to treat colleagues with dignity and respect, irrespective of their sex, race, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, political conviction, membership or non-membership of a trade union/professional organisation or real or suspected health status. RCSI is committed to taking a leadership role in supporting the standards of professionalism behaviour that are required of health professionals in positions of leadership and/or influence. We are committed to ensuring that appropriate procedures are in place to firstly support and empower, but also support any victims of discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment. 

The National Surgical Training Programme has developed guidelines on dealing with inappropriate behaviour, please see here for more information.  

RCSI fully endorse the policy statement for the JCST Short Lived Working Group on Bullying and Undermining 

Flexible Training: Higher Specialist Trainees

The HSE National Flexible Training Scheme for Higher Specialist Trainees is a national scheme managed and funded by the Health Service Executives National Doctors Training and Planning (NDTP) Unit.

The scheme provides for a limited number of supernumerary places to faciliate doctors at higher specialist trianing level to continue their training in a flexible manner for a set period of time.

The guide sets out the current details of the National Flexible Training Scheme and provides information for trainees about the programme and the application process. Applications generally open at the beginning of August and close at the end of December for the training year commencing the following July. 

Career break information for NCHDs                                                                              

Please see here the HSE circular in relation career breaks. NCHDs who travel abroad can now apply for a career break and if approved will remain on the superannuation scheme.  NCHDs wishing to avail of a career break under this arrangement must apply to their Employer in sufficient time before the expiry of their current contract. For those NCHDs participating in a Specialist Training Scheme they must also apply to the relevant postgraduate medical training body and obtain the formal written approval of the relevant postgraduate medical training body. This formal written approval must be attached to the career break application to their employer.Please see here for the list of agencies with public service employees funded by the HSE.  

Post reassignment request 

The post reassignment process has been established to support trainess who have had an unforseen and significant change in their personal circumstances since the commencement of their current training programme (ST1 - ST8) which requires a change to the agreed post/rotation. This process is managed by Postgraduate Training and goverened by the specialty and ISPTC. Please see here for further details and an application form. 


Postgraduate trainees can now avail of job sharing opportunities for a set period of time. Job sharing works on the basis that two trainess will share one full-time post with each trainee working 50% of the hours. The aim of the job-sharing policy is to retain doctors within the medical workforce who are unable to continue training on a full-time basis. Please see here for more details and an application form. 

Funding Information for Specialty Trainees 

There are two funds currently in place to support SpR trainees in educational and training activities.

The Mandatory Fund is provided by HSE/NDTP and is regulated by RCSI. It provides support to SpR trainees in education and training activities which are deemed mandatory elements of the curriculum. Attendance at mandatory educational curriculum is agreed with the relevant Programme Director for each HST specialty and the trainee. This is reviewed at the beginning of each training year.

The Specialist Training Fund is for higher specialist trainees i.e. specialist registrars, who are enrolled in approved higher specialist training programmes. This fund was previously known as the Discretionary Fund.

The funding available to each specialist registrar is equivalent to €500 per year of higher specialist training remaining as of 1 July 2010.

Eligibility criteria include being in a clinical post for which you are receiving training credit and holding an NCHD contract.  

For more information on how to apply for funding please consult the important documentation below: 

Please also see the HSE Guidance Document November 2017 for information regarding the Clinical Course and Examination refund scheme for NCHDs.  

The Surgical Loupes refund scheme for 2016/2017 is now open.

The deadline for submission of applications is 31st March 2017. Trainees eligible for funding will need to: 

  • Complete application form
  • Submit bank details (if already not on file)
  • Submit all original receipts
  • Confirm that they have not already received financial assistance from any other fund for purchase of surgical loupes or if so confirm amount. 
  • Have not received any reimbursement from the 2015/2016 Surgical Loupes Fund.

 All required details and information can be found on the application form.

NCHDs invited to apply for new scholarship to support a Masters degree in Management and Leadership Skills. The HSE has announced that it will part-fund 24 places for Non-Consultant Hospital Doctors (NCHDs) who wish to pursue a Masters degree in Management and Leadership Skills. The funding is being made available via the National Doctors Training & Planning function of the organisation’s HR Division. Funding will be available for up to 60% of the cost of an approved Masters course in the Republic of Ireland reimbursed up to a maximum of €4,800 per year.The HSE is interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of specialities. The funding will support 24 doctors to pursue a Masters – 12 places will be part-funded in the first year and a further 12 in the second year. Full details and application information.


RCPI /RCSI Endoscopy Course 

The Conjoint Board of RCPI and RCSI launched the National Quality Assurance Programme in Gastrointestinal (GI) Endoscopy in 2011. It is recognised as a key initiative in enhancing patient safety and has received wide support from organisations within the healthcare sector that are driving the agenda of improved patient care.

The aim of the programme is to establish a quality assurance framework in each endoscopy unit that ensures a high-quality, consistent and accurate service, translating into a quality patient experience.

This course is delivered jointly by a Conjoint Board of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) and RCSI.

From 1July 2012, the programme is a mandatory requirement for all new entrants onto Higher Specialty Training in General Surgery. There will be three taught components: required simulator session, basic endoscopy didactic training programme, and a hands-on endoscopy training day, which will all be divided within the first two years on the HST programme. Each trainee will be required to submit three assessment forms for the first two years on their training, and all trainees are expected to have done a volume of about 200 colonoscopies in order to get accredited as an endoscopist within the two-year period.

All trainees are expected to complete the programme to obtain their Certificate in Training for Endoscopy this can organised directly with the HST General Surgery Administrator. 

For further information email or tel: +353 1 402 2233