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PGCert Plastics - Volunteers needed - Clinical Lead and Content writer

About the PGCert in Surgery 

We're seeking volunteers to help write and develop our plastic surgery e-learning modules for our Post Graduate Certificate in Surgery (PGCert in Surgery).  

The Post Graduate Certificate in Surgery is a flexible and interactive way to build up invaluable surgical knowledge and skills. Designed to complement workplace learning, the modules focus on different aspects of clinical surgery across the specialties such as Benign Upper GI Disease, Breast Surgery, Colorectal Cancer, Consent and Ethics, Energy in Surgery, Hernia, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Orthopaedics, Paediatric Day Surgery, Postoperative Care, Preoperative Care, Proctology, Research Methodology and Urology.

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

Who can get involved?

We are seeking two roles (although these could be combined) a clinical lead and a content writer to complete a plastics module and contribute to the development and delivery of this exciting programme.

Applicants for the clinical lead role must be a consultant and the content writer must be grade ST3+ or clinical fellow.


We aim to complete development of this module within six months, building on some work already undertaken.

The clinical lead, working with the RCS England team, will lead development of the module. This will include reviewing and editing content with a final clinical sign off. They will also lead and support a team of content writers.

The content writer will draft e-learning content in a storyboard format (training will be provided) and will work with the RCS England team and a learning designer to create an e-learning module. This could include working with medical illustrators and video producers.

For both roles support will be provided throughout, including from the RCS England team and a range of experienced freelancers.

Working practices

We expect most of the development work, including the communications between the writers and College staff to be maintained virtually.


Informal advice may be sought from Tim Lowe:

Clinical Lead applications

Those interested should send a short CV and cover letter to We will be following a ‘blind shortlisting’ process and so names and other personal information will be removed from your CV before the applications are shortlisted for interview.

Interview dates are still to be confirmed but will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams.

Content Writer: If you are interested in this role, please send your CV and a cover letter to

As part of the application process applicants for Clinical Lead and working group roles will need to confirm to the Learning Committee, on behalf of RCS England, that they are in good standing with their Trust and professional body and have declared any relevant information and conflicts of interest.

Applicants will need to give assurance that at no stage will their contribution to the learning materials be of professional concern to the development of RCS England. 
Applicants will need to agree to any necessary background checks being undertaken.

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