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The Voice For Breast Surgery in the UK
ABS ~ Association of Breast Surgery



High quality education and training is vital for high quality patient care and improved patient outcomes.
The breast education and training portfolio was established in 1996 to provide structured specialist breast training to support the growing demand for specialist breast surgeons. The portfolio focuses on developing a sound knowledge and skills base which is then reinforced and extended in clinical practice and training. There is a strong emphasis on developing clinical judgment and a holistic approach to patient care. 

Courses are regularly refined or developed to reflect new research and evidence as well as 'hot topics'. In addition a seamless rolling programme has been developed to support the emergence and integration of oncoplastic techniques into  breast surgery. Enthusiastic faculty is drawn from the whole multidiscipline breast team to include national/international opinion leaders and educators as well as senior trainees from the mammary fold trainees group

The RCS programme is complemented by other courses supported by the Association of Breast Surgery (for example the Glasgow trainees meeting, Oncoplastic master classes, Bristol breast ultrasound course etc) 

Multiprofessional Education
(Advanced nurse practitioner, breast clinician, radiographer etc) As patient care becomes competence based and team delivered professional boundaries/ groups are merging. To reflect these changes core aspects of breast education and training programme are being adapted to meet other professional needs as well as those of the trainee surgeon. 

MMC and Breast specialty specific training
Currently breast training is obtained through the general surgery training programme. It is likely specialist breast training will start in SY3/4 and run parallel with general/emergency surgery training until CCT. The breast tutors are developing a detailed breast curriculum and syllabus and reworking the education and training portfolio to reflect the new syllabus requirements. This work will be the platform for specialty specific training and assessment if breast obtains specialty recognition and its own SAC. 

Specialty Skills in Breast elearning programme
The specialty skills in breast elearning programme is an interactive blended learning course that combines the flexibility of online learning materials with two face-to-face days.  It is specifically designed to strengthen the foundations for those interested in taking up the specialty of breast surgery, as well as those working within a multidisciplinary team.  The course guides you through your acquisition of knowledge with interactive screens, videos and quizzes, learning at a time and a place convenient to you.  The online element is complemented with a skills day at the Royal College of Surgeons, London, using cadavers and a pathology workshop day in Milton Keynes Hospital. For further information see the website or contact with any queries.
For further information on any of theses courses contact the RCS Education Department on 020 7869 6300. To view the current programme of courses please click here.

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