Surgical Education Centre

Centre Accreditation is an award of Excellence from the Royal College of Surgeons in recognition of outstanding surgery-related educational provision by a Surgical Education Centre.

The College’s Centre Accreditation process is a review of the entire Surgical Education Centre, its facilities, resources and faculty, its education portfolio, and the infrastructure and quality management processes which underpin the delivery of its educational products. Centre Accreditation is only awarded where there is a clear demonstration of, and a broad confidence in, each of these components. As part of an application, evidence must be provided which demonstrates that the delivery of all provision meets the quality and standards as defined by the College. Where Centre Accreditation is awarded, the Centre receives a time limited institutional accreditation.

Benefits of Centre Accreditation


Receiving Centre Accreditation from the Royal College of Surgeons of England will enable you to join a very select group of centres that have demonstrated excellence in surgical education provision. The benefits of Centre Accreditation include:

  • Expert review of the centre and all surgery-related course provision
  • Use of the strap line 'Accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England' for a three year accreditation term (subject to satisfactory monitoring and review)
  • Use of the RCS Logo on materials and websites related to the centre
  • Use of the RCS Logo on materials and websites for each surgical course run by the centre
  • Peer review of all surgical courses from a panel of leading surgeons
  • Listing on the RCS Website
  • Listing in RCS Bulletin
  • Use of RCS online participant evaluation, SCOPE, for all surgical courses
  • Applicable courses will be awarded with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points as part of Course Accreditation (where relevant)

The table below outlines the type of information that would be required as part of a Centre Accreditation Application. The Centre Approval Application should be supported by relevant appendices, including existing policy statements and data, as well as any additional information that may support the application.

Criteria Information required
Appropriate Learning Environment Brief description of the Centre (incl. evidence of a shared educational philosophy with College)
Range of programmes
Strategy for delivery of surgical courses
A rationale for the proposed collaboration, both in terms of the programme and in working with College within the context of the Centre strategy
Clear statement that the Centre understands and agrees to operate the principles and practices established for the collaboration
Details of the resource base to support programmes – physical accommodation, revenue, capital support, computing facilities, subject specific resources
Staff details
Arrangements for educational and administrative support of participants
Effective Organisational Structure Description of the Centre’s organisational structures
Learning and teaching strategy
How responsibility for programme design, delivery and assessment is devolved locally
Quality Assurance of the Centre’s provision The procedures for maintenance and enhancement of quality and standards
How the Centre monitors and evaluates its overall performance
How programme quality is monitored and evaluated within the Centre
How the Centre will prepare monitoring and review reports
How the reports will be considered within the Centre, and the process for implementing recommended actions
How participant evaluation of programmes occurs
Decision making and problem resolution systems at programme and Centre level
Educational Portfolio Number of Courses/ Specialties(Subspecialties)
Course Programme Details (as per Course Approval requirements pro-forma)


Further Information


Full details of the College’s fee structure can be reviewed on the Fees pages.Full details of the College’s monitoring requirements can be reviewed on the Monitoring pages. For further information about Centre Accreditation including the Criteria and Standards, please review the Guidance/FAQs .

If you have any queries about Surgical Education Centre Accreditation, please contact the Quality Assurance Department at qa@rcseng.ac.uk or on 020 7869 6221/6236.