Royal College of Surgeons’ President visits North Devon District Hospital

The Royal College of Surgeons of England

Mr Bernard Ribeiro, President of the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) will be making a welcome visit the North Devon District Hospital on Thursday, 24 May.

The Royal College of Surgeons is the professional organisation which oversees all aspects of the training and practice of surgeons. It also acts as an advisory body to the Department of Health, health authorities, Trusts, hospitals and other professional bodies.

Mr Bernard Ribeiro

The Royal College of Surgeons is a very influential body. For instance, no hospital can advertise a surgical position without the College having first approved the job on offer.

Mr Nick Markham – Lead Clinician in the Hospital’s Department of General Surgery – will be one of the Trust’s consultants welcoming Mr Ribeiro to the Hospital.

Mr Markham says:

“We are delighted to welcome Mr Ribeiro and to be given the opportunity to tell him about the range of surgical services undertaken here at the North Devon District Hospital. The trend in recent years has been towards creating large centralised hospitals within the NHS. However, because of the relatively small population and our geographical isolation, North Devon does not fit easily into this mould . We are confident, however, that we can demonstrate that ‘small can be beautiful’. We are keen to demonstrate that we have an effective, integrated department here in North Devon which provides a high quality, personal service for our patients and an excellent environment for the training of surgeons of the future.”

The programme is:

11.30    Welcome    Mr Colin Steinlechner
11.35    Surgery in a Small District General Hospital
– Surgery in General    Mr Nick Markham
– Orthopaedics    Mr Chris Mills
– Emergency Care    Mr Mike Roberts
– Training Opportunities    Mr Neil Smart
12.25    Presidential Address    Mr Bernard Ribeiro
12.50    Question & Answer Session
13.20    Close    Mr Colin Steinlechner
13.25    Lunch

* The Royal College of Surgeons:

  • Supervise training of surgeons in approved posts
  • Provide educational and practical workshops for surgeons and other medical professionals at all stages of their careers
  • Examine trainees to ensure the highest professional standards
  • Promote and support surgical research in the UK
  • Support audit and evaluation of clinical effectiveness
  • Provide support and advice for surgeons in all stages of their careers
  • Provide a mechanism whereby trusts can seek independent advice
  • House a current and historical information resource centre for surgeons in the library and museums
  • Act as an advisory body to the Department of Health, health authorities, Trusts, hospitals and other professional bodies
  • Collaborate with other medical and academic organisations in the UK and worldwide.
  • Seek to convey the importance of, and provide support for, good, effective communication and interpersonal relationships between patients and surgeons
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Last updated: March 6, 2018