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Clinical Lead for MRCS Learning Programme

Duration: 1 year

Contract: Voluntary (1PA or equivalent to be purchased from your trust)

Role Outline and Project Information

The learning team at the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS England) is recruiting a clinical lead, to support the development of a diverse programme of learning aimed at helping surgeons prepare for the MRCS Part B examination.  

Our vision is to create courses and learning opportunities which widen the reach of our existing offerings, challenging differential attainment and recognising the diverse needs of candidates depending on the path they’ve taken to reach this point in their career. 

To support this goal, we have worked with candidates and examiners to map out a series of workstreams, some of which have already commenced and others in the planning phase. Our aim is that these workstreams will help future surgeons prepare for milestones in their careers. We intend to create learning products, which will have a broad reach, throughout the UK and internationally, creating an equitable offer.  

The planned workstreams include:

  • A series of online exam preparation courses.
  • Mock OSCE courses, delivered via a virtual classroom.
  • Bitesize anatomy e-learning modules.

Download the full job description: Clinical Lead MRCS Job Description and Person Specification

About us

As we recognise that this is an ambitious programme of work, the clinical lead will be supported by an experienced product development team at RCS England, including educators, content professionals and project managers. In addition, we work with a wide range of freelancers, including medical illustrators, editors, designers, and video production companies.

We are proud to design practical skills, professional development courses and e-learning programmes delivered to over 10,000 participants every year, making us one of the world's largest providers of surgical education. We believe in combining innovation and expertise to deliver the highest quality surgical education.

Who can get involved? 

We are seeking a Clinical Lead, willing and able to contribute to developing and delivering this exciting programme.

Our ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of the MRCS Part B examination and can lead multidisciplinary teams of experts, working with RCS England to bring technology, learning theory and clinical expertise together.

The Clinical Lead must be a member or fellow of RCS England or willing to become one before any such role is confirmed.

We welcome applicants from a variety of backgrounds and experience. We are keen to build a community of faculty who can act as role models to course participants and represent the diversity of the individuals who work in surgery.


Developing and piloting high-quality educational products takes time, and we are therefore seeking a clinical lead able to devote the equivalent of 1PA per week over a 12-month period. 

The College recognises that clinical leads are making a significant commitment and has developed a model whereby it contributes towards remuneration directly to their employing trust. See the remuneration details within the attached job description.


For further information, please see the attached job description and person specification.

Further advice may be sought from the Head of Learning Innovation Manager, Rebecca Martin (

How to apply

Those interested should send:

  • A short CV (three pages), focused on how they meet the person specification
  • A short statement (one page) of how they would carry out the role and why they are the right person to lead this piece of work
  • The names of two referees

Please send applications to Timothy Lowe at We will be following a ‘blind shortlisting’ process, so names and other personal information will be removed from your CV before the applications are shortlisted for an interview.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 9am Friday 5 January 2024. Interview dates are still to be confirmed but will be held via a virtual meeting.

We kindly ask applicants to complete an anonymous form to provide DEI data voluntarily. A link will be shared when we receive your application. Your participation helps us build a more inclusive workforce.

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