RCS BREAST EDUCATIONAL AND TRAINING PORTFOLIO
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
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
(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
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 email@example.com
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.