The Worshipful Company of Needlemakers have generously offered an educational bursary scheme through the Royal College of Surgeons since 2008, supporting trainees in the early stages of their surgical career. The Needlemakers’ bursaries are extremely valuable and proving to be very popular with surgical trainees, at a time when the cost of training is high, training budgets limited and access to quality surgical education is ever more important. This year we had 31 applications, answering the short essay question “How do you see simulation contributing to surgical and clinical skills acquisition in the future?”. Previous achievements and reasons for application were also taken into consideration when shortlisting. After much judgment and some very close scores, we had five successful bursary winners. We heard from these individuals at the Needlemakers lunch, attended by representatives from both institutions. It is clear they are incredibly grateful for the support that has enabled them to further their surgical education and enhance their career, teaching them new skills or helping them to educate their junior colleagues. Surgical training is a continuous learning experience and whilst there is much to do to continue to support trainees who choose surgery as a career, these bursaries offer talented individuals the opportunity to attend education courses they may not be able to otherwise. We at the Royal College of Surgeons extend our gratitude for the continued and longstanding support of the Worshipful Company of Needlemakers.
Needlemakers Bursary Winners 2017 Mr Bhavesh Patel Trainee grade: CT2 Course funded: Training the Trainers: Developing Teaching Skills Date of course: February 2018
Mr Daniel Scholfield Trainee grade: CT1 Course funded: Training the Trainers: Developing Teaching Skills Date of course: February 2018
Mr Abhiney Jain Trainee grade: CT1 Course funded: Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient (CCrISP) Date of course: TBC
Miss Maral Rouhani Trainee grade: CT1 Course funded: Training the Trainers: Developing Teaching Skills Date of course: February 2018
Miss Jade Zhao
Trainee grade: CT1 Bursary funded: Core Skills in Laparoscopic Surgery Date of course: February 2018
Course summaries Training the Trainers: Developing Teaching Skills This popular interactive course will deepen your skills as a trainer, improving your approach to planning, developing, delivering and evaluating surgical training. Covering the latest methods in surgical education across two days of practical sessions, plus two eLearning components, Training the Trainers will enhance your skills as a surgical educator and deepen your understanding of how adults learn. Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient CCrISP is an interactive course that explores the skills and knowledge needed to look after surgical patients including those who are deteriorating or at risk of doing so. This course teaches a simple, safe and systematic approach to assess and manage every patient and take effective steps to prevent deterioration. Prompt, simple actions save lives and prevent complications, with the methods and mechanisms taught used by even the most experienced clinicians. Core Skills in Laparoscopic Surgery This intensive course covers the core laparoscopic surgery skills and knowledge essential for every surgical discipline. You will use a range of high-quality laparoscopic equipment, working with specifically designed bench top models, as well as learning a variety of knotting and suturing techniques. You will cover a wide variety of topics, including instrument handling, diagnostic laparoscopy, appendectomy (appendix removal) and cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal)