Leading surgeons from Northern Ireland, Wales and England met with medical education leaders from Queen’s University today, to discuss innovative ways of learning that will equip the next generation of healthcare professionals.

The Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS Eng) Vice President Mr Tim Mitchell, Council Member Miss Susan Hill and RCS Eng Northern Ireland Director Professor Mark Taylor met with Professor Pascal McKeown, Queen’s Dean and Head of School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Professor Karen Morrison, Queen’s Dean of Education, Faculty of Medicine Health and Life Sciences and Mr Stephen O’Neill, Consultant Transplant Surgeon and Queen’s Honorary Senior Lecturer.

They convened at the newly-opened Faculty of Medicine’s, Health and Life Sciences KN Cheung SK Chin InterSim Centre.

The KN Cheung SK Chin InterSim Centre, a cutting-edge training facility, opened in August 2021 and is available for Queen’s Medical, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Nursing and Midwifery students.

Mr Tim Mitchell, Vice-President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and a Consultant ENT surgeon, said: “We are committed to providing the next generation of doctors and surgeons with the best training possible to equip them for their careers. This is a unique opportunity for us to visit and learn more about Queen’s University Belfast’s new interdisciplinary simulation centre.

“Simulation-based training is essential both for patient safety and to give our surgeons in training practical, hands-on experience. It also helps to develop their non-technical skills – such as their leadership skills. It is incumbent on all of us to help train the medical workforce of tomorrow, and ensure they have the skills and experience to meet patients’ needs now and in the future.”

Professor Pascal McKeown, Dean and Head of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Bomedical Sciences at Queen’s, said: “We were delighted to welcome the delegation from the Royal College of Surgeons England to Queen’s today to tour our cutting-edge training facility for Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Nursing and Midwifery students.

“We welcome this opportunity to provide an overview of the courses we offer at the KN Cheung SK Chin InterSim Centre, and the important role of the Centre in supporting simulation-based learning for health professionals to deliver safe, effective and collaborative care