Royal College of Surgeons open-access COVID-19 resources
We know that you are on the front line, stepping in to new roles and coming back to jobs you thought you had left behind. We want to be able to support you in the best way we know how and provide you with all the relevant training, education and resources to help you.
We have gone through our current course catalogue and picked out key parts of our learning materials that we feel will help support you the most right now.
We are also working hard creating some brand new content that we hope will give you additional support and guidance during these times specifically.
All these materials will sit under the following areas to help you navigate to the resources that you need quickly:
In this section you will find videos from our newly redeveloped Systematic Training in Acute Illness Recognition and Treatment for Surgery course (START) which is yet to be rolled out nationally.
This area also shares elements from the much in demand CCriSP® Participant handbook. We hope that sharing these resources will support you to undertake a structured and systematic approach to assessing unwell patients.
Our newly redeveloped (and not yet released) Surgical Skills for Students and Health Professionals course provided the base for the material in this section. These videos and step-by-step guides will provide you with the basic surgical skills required and will either act as a reminder to best practice or help you significantly develop your technical competences.
This section draws from a myriad of courses including Systematic Training in Acute Illness Recognition and Treatment (START) and Train the Trainers (TtT).
Our behaviours can significantly affect our colleagues and the safety of patients and it is within times such as these that it is easy for some of these principles to be missed or forgotten.
We hope that this section provides a useful reminder and some helpful tips that will ensure you remain working as effectively as you can at all times.
This area will pull resources from our newly developed course Specialty Skills in Emergency and Trauma.
We recognise that alongside the new challenges of today, you will still be faced with emergency patients and sometimes have to work outside of your normal scope of practice. We hope that these resources will help you to navigate through some of those cases with confidence and self-belief.
Trauma Patient Management resources are aimed at newly qualified doctors and nurses, retired clinicians returning to clinical practice, and clinicians who will be managing acute trauma where they have not been managing trauma in their normal practice.
These resources are closely based on the Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS®) course, teaching a systematic process of trauma care for patients with life-threatening injuries. Please refer to Trauma Patient Management guide for more information on the contents and tips on how best to use these resources.
We hope you find them useful in these extraordinary times.
Go to: Trauma patient management
We recognise that you might need to train colleagues quickly and effectively over the coming months so in this section we have looked at some of the most useful and popular models that we teach on our popular TtT (Train the Trainers) course.
Go to: Trainers' toolkit
All of these resources provided in this resource bank are open access so please do feel free to share the links with your colleagues. We will be continually updating this area with additional content and so please do keep checking back for anything new.
You are able to find the details of all our standard courses here. If you are already registered on our VLE then you can login to see your profile and registered courses here. Please note that any resources you look at in this specific Covid-19 resource bank will not be saved to your record.
You can find more College wide resources including links to our good practice guides on our Covid-19 Information Hub.
We hope that you and your colleagues find this useful, please do get in touch if there are any comments or suggestions for additional content that you would find useful (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Louise Goldring, Director of Learning
Tim Mitchell, Chair of the Learning Committee