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Executive Summary

SUTURE UK set out to provide structured, accessible and affordable surgical skills training for medical students across the UK. We firmly believe that good technical and non-technical habits start early.

 

Students participating in this scheme will have access to high-quality and focussed surgical skills education with regular assessment and feedback to help them develop the aptitudes and proficiencies required to pursue a successful surgical career.

 

The SUTURE UK scheme can provide an environment for students to exercise reflective practice specific to surgical skills. These key aspects of surgical practice will not only improve students’ prospects in getting into surgical training but also support them to becoming the best surgeons they can be.

SUTURE UK has three domains:

Education

In collaboration with practising surgeons, SUTURE UK has developed a thorough  surgical skills curriculum encompassing relevant technical skills. This is the ideal framework for the delivery of consistent and relevant training. Regular skills sessions with assessment and feedback will enable recording of quantifiable progress. Our peer assessed online educational materials provide equal educational opportunities to all students.

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Education
Research

SUTURE UK is describing the current surgical skills education across the UK to identify specific regional barriers to accessing high-quality training.  We are evaluating novel online teaching and assessment methods of surgical skills, which may also be applicable to postgraduate training.

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Education
Research
Industry
Industry

We are building partnerships with established industry to aid with the delivery our curriculum. To improve accessibility to equipment for surgical skills practice, SUTURE UK is liaising with industry partners to identify high-quality products and facilitate affordable purchases to maximise value.

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Our approach will improve the standard and consistency of undergraduate surgical skills training across the UK. In turn, those involved in SUTURE UK can gain better insights into their skills when attending courses organised by professional bodies. We are passionate about surgical education. SUTURE UK is preparing future surgeons, now.

THE SUTURE UK MODEL  

We operate a central steering committee with a dedicated society liaison and trainee coordinator.

The society liaison works with a locally appointed student lead from each Student Surgical Society and the trainee coordinator works with a dedicated trainee lead. Together, these roles co-ordinate curriculum delivery.  

Local Trainee Leads

University (X, Y, Z)

Trainee Coordinator

(part of steering committee)

Local Student Leads

University (X, Y, Z)

Society Liaison

(part of steering committee)

Steering committee