Academic awarded fellowship to recognise expertise in surgical care

A University of Plymouth academic has been awarded Fellowship to the Faculty of Perioperative Care by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd).

Toby Rankin, Lecturer on the University’s MSc Surgical Care Practitioner programme, received the award for outstanding leadership in education, teaching and training of practitioners in surgery.

Toby is one of only eight people to have ever received the award, which is decided upon by the Faculty Executive but needs approval by RCSEd Awards Committee, and given to individuals excelling in areas of teaching, clinical supervision and/or research.

Surgical care practitioners are established members of the surgery team within healthcare organisations. These practitioners have responsibilities across the patient’s surgical pathway, from preoperative history taking and clinical assessment, to assisting the surgeon in theatres performing delegated parts of the operation, to supporting the management of patients postoperatively.

The University’s Surgical Care Practitioner programmes have been specifically developed to enable health professionals to become a competent Surgical Care Practitioner in one of three specialist pathways over a two year full time programme.

Toby said:

“It’s a great honour to support so many trainees to further their career to become Surgical Care Practitioners and know the impact they are having improving the care for their patients. I am so proud to be part of a growing number of health care professionals who are champions of advanced practice across the South West and the wider UK, and I’m delighted to have received this Fellowship.”

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Charlie Auld, Lead for Faculty of Perioperative Care RCSEd, said:

“I am delighted Toby has been awarded the FFPCEd as he has been a great supporter of the Faculty.

“We have also developed a partnership with the University of Plymouth which will now allow trainee surgical care practitioners undertaking their MSc in Surgical Care Practice free affiliate membership of the Faculty for the duration of their course, which gives them access to the many benefits highlighted on the website, fpc.rcsed.ac.uk. On graduation, we would hope that they could progress to full membership with the postnominals MFPCEd.”

Career opportunities

Our MSc/PgDip Surgical Care Practitioner will equip you to perform as an advanced practitioner that provides surgical and clinical care across the entire patient journey from the pre-admission clinic to the operating theatre to post-surgery ward care.

You’ll both work autonomously and collaboratively as part of the multi-disciplinary team.

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