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RCSI MATTERS
Many medical alumni choose surgery as a career, progressing
to become Members and, ultimately, Fellows of RCSI. RCSI
strives to create a supportive and collegial environment that
supports Fellows and Members throughout their surgical
career. RCSI Surgical Affairs is dedicated to serving the
College's surgical practitioners and trainees, as well as the
patients to whom they administer care.
THE CHARTER DAY MEETING FEBRUARY 2013
Charter Day celebrates the foundation of RCSI 229 years
ago, over 450 surgeons attended the annual RCSI Charter
Day meetings this year. In total, 50 leading national and
international speakers gave lectures over two days on a
wide range of surgical topics. The meeting provided a
useful forum for the exchange of ideas across a range of
specialties.
THE LAUNCH OF THE MODEL OF CARE FOR ACUTE
SURGERY
RCSI's leadership of the National Surgery Programme,
under Professor Frank Keane and Mr Ken Mealy, places the
College in a central position to shape the future surgery
delivery model. The Model of Care was launched during
the year at RCSI by Minister for Health, James Reilly, and
was developed to address the circumstances whereby up
to 60 per cent of the work undertaken in many surgical
departments is on patients requiring acute surgical care.
The launch of the Model for Care highlighted the need
for better capacity planning across the entire hospital
system in Ireland and is testament to the determination
of both RCSI and the HSE to improve the safety and
quality of care for surgical patients in Ireland.
THE NEW SURGICAL PATHWAY
The development of a new training pathway, supported by
our President, Professor Patrick Broe, involved extensive
engagement with a wide range of stakeholders. This
programme builds upon RCSI's long and proud history
of innovative training programmes, that produce high-
quality surgeons capable of delivering excellent patient
care around the world. The new pathway will facilitate the
completion of structured training to CCST level within a
continuous eight-year programme.
SURGICAL BOOT CAMP
The new intake of surgical trainees in RCSI this year
undertook the first Surgical Boot camp programme. This
RCSI Surgical Affairs marks another year
of progress and development
Surgery remains central to who, and what, we are, as the Royal College of Surgeons
in Ireland. The Department of Surgical Affairs, headed up by Eunan Friel, remains
committed to providing leadership on key surgical training and practice initiatives to
support the noble purpose for which the College was founded
Pictured at the launch (l-r): Professor Patrick Broe,
Consultant Surgeon, Beaumont Hospital, RCSI President;
Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly; Martin Varley,
CEO, Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA); Dr
Áine Carroll, National Director, Clinical Strategy and
Programmes, HSE; Mr Ken Mealy, Joint Lead, National
Clinical Programme in Surgery (NCPS) & Consultant
General Surgeon; Professor Frank Keane, former President
of RCSI, Joint Lead, NCPS; and Mr Tony O'Brien, CEO/
Director General Designate of the Health Service Executive.
Major highlights for RCSI Surgical Affairs during the past
year include:
·
the Charter Day Meeting in February;
·
the launch of the Model of Care for Acute Surgery;
·
the new Surgical Pathway;
·
a one-week induction for new trainees known as
Surgical Boot Camp;
·
the first mobile app for surgical trainees known
as Msurgery;
·
real progress in the development of our international
footprint;
·
the rebranding and relaunch of the RCSI magazine for
Fellows and Members ­ Surgical Scope;
·
the Millin Meeting held in November; and,
·
the rebranding and relaunch of the RCSI Surgery
website.