What is the FRCS and why is it important?
Surgery and cosmetic aesthetics are practices that have only advanced and improved over the decades and centuries. Because of their continued betterment and with new medical professionals becoming interested every day, it’s important that there is some form of accreditation and regulatory body. There are still unscrupulous individuals and bad practice carried out in 2018, despite our careful monitoring, which is why we need regulatory bodies and formal accreditations. As a patient, you want to find the most capable and competent surgeon to place your confidence in, and these kinds of regulatory bodies help you decide who you should trust with your procedure.
What is the Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (FRCS)?
The Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons (FRCS) is a qualification that allows the accredited professional to practise as a senior surgeon in the UK and Ireland. It has become known as the Fellowship through the integration of the four Royal Colleges of Surgeons across the UK (England, Ireland, Edinburgh, and Glasgow). The Royal College of Surgeons of England alone supports and betters the skills of over 25,000 members worldwide, ensuring that high-quality and high safety surgical care is taken every step of the way. Those affiliated with the FRCS have been shown to put their patients first and a continued advancement in their skills and knowledge.
Why is the FRCS so important?
The FRCS is important for both surgeons and patients. For surgeons, it encourages constant progression and development, pushing us to better our techniques and knowledge. It keeps us at the forefront of surgery, constantly on the cusp of the latest procedures so that we may offer our patients superior support. When opting for a surgeon who is recognised as part of the FRCS, you are opting for someone who is at the cutting edge of their field and constantly seeking ways to bring safer, more discreet, more innovative procedures to their patients. For patients, the FRCS shows you which surgeons are recognised as reputable and safe. This kind of accreditation can help make your decision as to which surgeon you choose for your procedure, because you know they are committed to patient care.
Meeting the standards
The FRCS upholds high standards in both the procedures offered and the constant professional knowledge of their accredited surgeons. This means that they are committed to achieving and maintaining the highest standards of surgical practice and patient care. Members of our own surgical team, Mr Miles Berry and Mr Liaquat Verjee, are accredited by the FRCS and come highly recommended by their past patients.
Cosmetic Surgery Partners London and the CQC
The FRCS isn’t the only indicator of our quality care, however. The Care Quality Commission is a regulatory body charged by the government to ensure that the Health and Social Care Act of 2008 is adhered to. Each surgical provider must meet certain requirements regarding practise and processes, proving that they deliver care and attention to each patient that they see.
The main questions asked during this process are
- - Are we safe?
- - Are we effective?
- - Are we caring?
- - Are we responsive to patient’s needs?
- - Are we well-led?
As well as being members of the Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons, we also hold a number of positions and accreditations of note. We are of course proudly approved by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), and each of our surgeons are recognised by different bodies including British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and the Royal College of Surgeons. This kind of accreditation is important to look for when choosing your cosmetic surgery provider because they signify safe practice, honesty, and quality. An accredited surgeon is a professional who has been recognised by their industry and their peers, so you know you are in safe hands when enlisting their services.
Finding a surgeon with the proper accreditation indicates that you have found a recognised and reputable professional. Much like the team at Cosmetic Surgery Partners London, accredited surgeons deliver the highest quality in care, results, and patient safety so that you feel comfortable and confident in their expert hands. If you’d like to find out more about our London cosmetic surgery services or are interested in a no obligation consultation, then enquire online or speak to a friendly member of staff on 0207 486 6778 today.