The PGCert in Surgery is a unique online programme that allows you to study at your own pace over 1-2 years.

Once enrolled, you can:

  • Select the online modules to complement your personal career path
  • Access each of your modules for 6 months, working through them at your own speed
  • Study via the innovative RCS eLearning platform - using any device, whenever and wherever it suits you
  • Choose to gain further credits by taking selected practical RCS courses
  • Prepare for your ST selection

The PGCert in Surgery is a flexible and interactive way to build up invaluable surgical knowledge and skills.

Designed to complement your workplace learning, the modules focuses on different aspects of clinical surgery across the specialties.

It is mapped to the ISCP syllabus and aligned to the QAA's Framework for Higher Education.

Launchpad

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Breast Surgery

This module parallels the patient journey from GP referral to the one stop Breast Clinic, through to diagnosis, surgery, adjuvant treatment, surveillance and ultimately discharge back to the community and brings junior trainees up to date with current trends in breast surgery and controversies. 

It covers the following topics:

  • Population breast screening and high risk groups
  • Triple assessment and breast clinic
  • Benign breast disease
  • Breast cancer and adjuvant therapies
  • Breast cancer and the operating theatre
  • Breast reconstruction

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Coloproctology: Colorectal Cancer

The module will focus on the clinical presentation, investigations, underlying pathological processes and management of colorectal cancer. A further section on the presentation, relevant anatomy and management of perianal disorders is also included.

You will cover topics including:

  • Colorectal cancer
  • Principles of endoscopy
  • Principles of GI anastomosis
  • Relevant surgical anatomy for colonic resections
  • Technical information about creating a pneumoperitoneum for laparoscopic surgery
  • Haemorrhoids and perianal disease
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Consent and Ethics

The Consent and Ethics module looks at issues that are found in everyday practice. Students will have an understanding of the meaning and importance of 'competence' and 'consent' and appreciate how consent issues differ due to patient factors.

This module will cover:

  • Principles of patient autonomy
  • Assessment of capacity
  • Informed consent
  • Consent and Minors
  • Patients who lack capacity
  • Patients detained under the mental health act
  • Jehovah's Witnesses
  • Euthanasia
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Energy in Surgery: Part 1

This module will help trainees to understand how electrosurgery and harmonics are used in the operating theatre to achieve haemostasis and assist dissection. The module will assist the trainee in making surgery safer for the patient and more efficient for the surgeon.

You will cover topics including:

Electrosurgery and Ultrasonics:

  • Basic principles
  • Surgical techniques
  • Applications
  • Hazards and pitfalls

Electrosurgery:

  • Patient plates
  • Complications and safe practice
  • Considerations in minimally invasive surgery
  • Vessel Sealing
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Minimally Invasive Surgery

This module provides an ideal foundation for any surgical trainees that intend to employ laparoscopic surgical techniques in their future surgical practice.

Topics include:

  • Applications for laparoscopic surgery
  • The operating room in laparoscopic surgery
  • Laparoscopic equipment
  • Laparoscopy for the patient
  • Techniques in laparoscopy
  • Complications of laparoscopy
  • Developing a minimally invasive surgery service
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Orthopaedics: Acute module

This module allows those with little or no knowledge of orthopaedic surgery to be introduced to all the important topics, while simultaneously allowing those who have already been exposed or wish to know more to grow as a surgical trainee.

You will cover topics including:

  • Bone healing
  • Classification of fractures
  • Fracture management
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Septic arthritis
  • Fracture complications
  • Paediatric orthopaedics
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Paediatric Surgery Emergencies

Although most specialist paediatric surgery is carried out in tertiary referral centres, many children are managed by surgeons of various adult specialities.

This module aims to deliver knowledge covering many of the commonly encountered paediatric surgical conditions faced electively and acutely by most surgeons.

You will cover topics including:

  • Intussusception
  • Abdominal Pain
  • The Vomiting Infant
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Postoperative Care

This module follows on from the Preoperative care module in outlining the patient's journey through their surgical admission. It discusses acute management of the unwell postoperative patient and principles of good postoperative care.

Topics you will cover include:

  • The management of common postoperative complications
  • Fluid balance in the postoperative period
  • Postoperative nutrition
  • Analgesia
  • The principles of enhanced recovery
  • Haemorrhage and blood transfusion
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Preoperative Care

This module will explore basic science in the context of preoperative care, allowing the surgical team to assess and manage potential problems that could affect the patient's surgical journey.

You will cover topics including:

  • Preoperative Assessment Clinic
  • Preoperative Risk Assessment and Day Case Surgery
  • The assessment and management of common medical co-morbidities in surgical patients
  • Special circumstances e.g. pregnancy or obesity
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Research Methodology

This module is designed to provide trainees with the tools to plan, undertake and analyse clinical research. For those who do not intend to pursue clinical research, the module will develop understanding to facilitate high-quality and safe evidence based practice- essential in today's evolving surgical world.

You will cover topics including:

  • Introduction to Surgical Research
  • Reviewing the Literature
  • Study Design
  • Research Ethics and Integrity
  • Basic Statistics
  • Scientific Writing
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PGCERT SCOPE

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