Two
unique postgraduate courses have been developed at Edge Hill University to
ensure surgeons can access academic qualifications that truly reflect their
practical skills.

Senior
Lecturer Carol Kelly explains, “In 2008 The Faculty of Health and Social Care’s
MCh Master of Surgery programme evolved to meet the needs
of our students and so now, together with colleagues from Wrightington Hospital,
we have taken the opportunity to introduce a new closely related programme, the MCh Master of Surgery Studies.”
The
main objective of both programmes is to provide students with
a critical understanding of evidence-based practice and research methodologies,
while at the same time developing graduates who can contribute to
evidence-based health care through advanced clinical decision making and
reasoning.
The
MCh Master of Surgery is open to students in full-time employment within an NHS organisation and can take up to three years to complete on a
full-time basis, while the MCh Master of Surgery Studies is aimed at
experienced surgeons and can take up to six years to complete on a part-time
basis.
Carol
continues, “Both programmes are academic as opposed to clinical
skills based. However, because of the nature of the roles and the supervision
available, our students are able to learn in their normal place of work. The
philosophy is to enable experienced doctors to develop their roles and
demonstrate evidence-based knowledge and skills within their specialist area of
practice.”
Both
MCh courses are unique due to the collaborative provision offered by Edge Hill
University and Wrightington Hospital, an internationally recognised centre of excellence for orthopaedic surgery. It was because of this
alternative approach to postgraduate surgical specialty training that the Royal
College of Surgeons England (RCS) accredited the programme.
Carol
concludes, “The RCS accreditation ensures students receive the highest
standards of education in surgery and adds further credibility and prestige to
both the programme and the University within
the surgical community.”
To
find out more about Postgraduate Study and Professional Development for Health and Social
Care Professionals, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/health/cpd/cpd-postgraduate