Royal College of Surgeons open-access COVID-19 resources

Course delivery update: We are working with course providers to ensure that courses are delivered safely and we are trying to run as many courses as possible to meet the demand for places. For more information on availability, please visit https://www.rcseng.ac.uk/education-and-exams/courses/ regularly and/ or sign up to the 'Register Your Interest' feature on each individual course page.

Although we have started to run courses again, we recognise that with regional restrictions in place in areas, a high demand for places on courses at the moment, and with your front line roles, that finding the time to attend courses might be difficult. Therefore we wanted to ensure that some of the resources we made available to you over the summer to support you through the pandemic were still available to you to access.

We want to be able to support you in the best way we know how and provide you with all the relevant training, education and resources to help you.

We have gone through our current course catalogue and picked out key parts of our learning materials that we feel will help support you the most right now.

All these materials will sit under the following areas to help you navigate to the resources that you need quickly:


Generic assessment of an unwell patient

In this section you will find videos from our newly redeveloped Systematic Training in Acute Illness Recognition and Treatment for Surgery course (START) which is yet to be rolled out nationally.

This area also shares elements from the much in demand CCriSP® Participant handbook. We hope that sharing these resources will support you to undertake a structured and systematic approach to assessing unwell patients.

We have also added to this area examples of delivering good and poor virtual consultations.

Go to: Generic assessment of an unwell patient


Trauma patient management

Trauma Patient Management resources are aimed at newly qualified doctors and nurses, retired clinicians returning to clinical practice, and clinicians who will be managing acute trauma where they have not been managing trauma in their normal practice.

These resources are closely based on the Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®) course, teaching a systematic process of trauma care for patients with life-threatening injuries. Please refer to Trauma Patient Management guide for more information on the contents and tips on how best to use these resources.

We hope you find them useful in these extraordinary times.

Go to: Trauma patient management


Trainers' toolkit

We recognise that you might need to train colleagues quickly and effectively over the coming months so in this section we have looked at some of the most useful and popular models that we teach on our popular TtT (Train the Trainers) course.

Go to: Trainers' toolkit


All of these resources provided in this resource bank are open access so please do feel free to share the links with your colleagues. We will be continually updating this area with additional content and so please do keep checking back for anything new.

You are able to find the details of all our standard courses here. If you are already registered on our VLE then you can login to see your profile and registered courses here. Please note that any resources you look at in this specific Covid-19 resource bank will not be saved to your record.

You can find more College wide resources including links to our good practice guides on our Covid-19 Information Hub.

We hope that you and your colleagues find this useful, please do get in touch if there are any comments or suggestions for additional content that you would find useful (education@rcseng.ac.uk).

Thank you

Louise Goldring, Director of Learning
Tim Mitchell, Chair of the Learning Committee

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