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The Faculty of Surgical Trainers, FST

Welcome to the Faculty of Surgical Trainers

The Faculty of Surgical Trainers is a venture set up by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh to promote and enhance the role of the surgical trainer. The Faculty is the first of its kind in the UK and its purpose is to help support and develop surgeons in their role as surgical trainers. It works to increase the profile and recognition of surgical education and training and disseminate the message that excellent surgical training means excellent and safe patient care.

It also champions and promotes training in non-technical skills, as well as traditional technical skills, to further enhance patient safety; and provide a framework for the training and education of surgical trainers.

The Faculty will also play an important role as the landscape of Surgical Training changes in the future. As such it is already highly active in preparing for the GMC’s plan to approve trainers by 2016.

The Faculty is now open to all those who have an active interest or involvement in surgical training in the UK and internationally.

Faculty of Surgical Trainers Diploma Ceremony

Faculty of Surgical Trainers Diploma Ceremony

Congratulations to Professor Davinder Sandhu, Mr Philip Earl and Mr Andrew McAndrew who recently attended the RCSEd Diploma Ceremony to receive their Faculty of Surgical Trainers diplomas

Standards for Surgical Trainers

FST Launch First Standards for Surgical Trainers

Standards to support accreditation of consultants and improve training come with warning that outdated aspects of training system must change


Latest FST News

31 October 2014

FST calls for changes to the outdated surgical training system

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) warns today that many aspects of the surgical training system are outdated and must chang…


9 October 2014

Presentation of abstracts announced for FST conference

We are pleased to announce the following abstracts for oral and poster presentation at this month’s FST annual conference. Oral Presentatio…


12 August 2014

Conference preview

Ahead of October’s FST conference, keynote speaker Steven Yule discusses the teaching and assessment of non-technical skills in surgery. Ste…