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Recognition for surgical education centre

05 April 2012

Recognition for surgical education centre webThe Welsh Institute of Minimal Access Therapy team

An all-Wales centre offering clinicians the chance to learn key surgical skills has become the UK’s first to receive accreditation from The Royal College of Surgeons of England.

The Welsh Institute of Minimal Access Therapy (WIMAT), based at Cardiff University provides a wide range of postgraduate education and training for junior doctors through to consultants including basic, intermediate and advanced courses in a range of medical and surgical specialties.

The Institute is an all-Wales facility, with courses being provided in conjunction with the postgraduate centres and clinical skills laboratories across the principality and throughout the rest of the UK.

Professor Derek Gallen, Postgraduate Dean, The Wales Deanery said: "We are delighted to have achieved this accreditation from the Royal College of Surgeons, and to be the first Surgical Education Centre in the UK to achieve this recognition, and for Wales to be leading the way, makes the achievement even more special.

"I am very pleased indeed for the Welsh Institute of Minimal Access Therapy team, as their dedication and commitment is second to none."

Neil Warren, Welsh Institute of Minimal Access Therapy Senior Lecturer, said, "This further builds upon our long term relationship of nearly twenty years with the Royal College of Surgeons. It has been very much a team effort and the award recognises the consistently high standards and innovations set by the staff in WIMAT.

"Our teaching faculty, who are drawn from all over the UK, but are predominantly from Wales, deliver education to the medical profession of the highest quality. This is reflected in the exceptional standards of patient care now seen throughout Wales."

The Welsh Institute of Minimal Access Therapy at Cardiff University is the first regional surgical education centre in the UK to be accredited by The Royal College of Surgeons of England.

This accolade has been granted following an in depth analysis of the Institutes’ procedures in providing:

  • An appropriate learning environment;
  • Effective organisational structure;
  • Quality assurance of the centres provision; and
  • Educational portfolio.

The award covers not only the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) franchised courses but also surgical training courses provided in house and across Wales.

The Award was formally announced by the President of the College, Professor Norman Williams at the Royal College of Surgeons’ Welsh Board.

Professor Norman Williams , said: "I’m delighted to present this award to Welsh Institute of Minimal Access Therapy, especially as this is the first RCS accredited education centre.

"It is the College’s mission to raise standards in education and training as well as to recognise excellence in this field. The Welsh Institute of Minimal Access accreditation is the result of a long-term term commitment to advanced standards in teaching and training and providing high quality surgical courses both for the RCS and in its own right.

"I hope that it will further strengthen the collaboration between the College and WIMAT and I’m very pleased to congratulate Dr Neil Warren and his whole team on this achievement."

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The Wales Deanery