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It was noted at the September 2016 meeting of the RCSI Council that a “detailed proposal for a postgraduate qualification in advanced ENT” was being prepared.
“RCSI and ICGP have been working together on the development of the proposed postgraduate course on advanced ENT practice for general practitioners,” a RCSI spokesperson told the Medical Independent (MI).
“The course is being developed as part of the many preparations needed if there is to be a greater provision of ENT services in general practice.
“This course is being jointly developed between surgeons and GPs. The provision of increased ENT services in general practice needs to be properly resourced and included in the proposed new GP contract.
“Once there is more clarity on these resourcing matters then we would have a better idea of when the course will be launched.”
Separately, the RCSI has told MI that it is satisfied with how it has raised the issue of the use of the title ’surgeon’ with the Medical Council.
Earlier this month, MI reported that the RCSI had taken advice from “in-house legal counsel” regarding the use of the title ‘surgeon’ and identified an area that could assist the Medical Council in protecting the title.
“It was the view of RCSI that in the interest of accurate public information the use of the title ‘surgeon’ by registered medical practitioners should be only used by [those] who are on the specialist division of the register of surgical specialties,” the RCSI spokesperson told MI.
“RCSI gave a view to the Medical Council on how this could be accommodated within the authority of the Medical Council in accordance with the current Medical Practitioners Act 2007.”