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COVID-19 resources

Last updated: Wednesday 10 June
For guidance and for rolling updates on the national and RCS response to COVID-19, see


Our online learning

We have made relevant learning resources open access on our virtual learning environment to help surgeons dealing with the spread of the pandemic. Access the full catalogue

  • General assessment of an unwell patient
    Details an algorithm for assessing unwell patients taken from our START (Systematic Training in Acute Illness Recognition and Treatment) and CCrISP (Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient) courses.
  • Technical skills
    It is possible that you will be required to undertake procedures that you are unfamiliar with. Mastering the basic skills shown in this section will enable you to significantly develop your technical competence.
  • Human factors, self-preservation and reflection
    Your behaviour can significantly affect your colleagues and the safety of your patients. This section will help you remain working as effectively as you can during stressful times.
  • Disease and organ specific revision
    This section is intended for those facing emergency patients with a multitude of potential presentations. Offers digestible overviews of a variety of emergency topics.
  • Trauma patient management
    Aimed at newly qualified doctors and nurses, retired clinicians returning to practice, and clinicians who have not been managing trauma in their normal practice. Closely based on the Advanced Trauma Life Support® course, they teaching a systematic process of trauma care for patients with life-threatening injuries.

Video: Surgical handwashing technique


Video: How to stop your glasses fogging up when wearing a mask

Our webinars

Our president and chief executive host a regular webinar series on COVID-19 topics with an extensive Q&A session. Past topics include mental health and wellbeing for surgeons, the impact on dental surgery and how surgical trainees are being affected.

Our blogs, news, updates and opinion

Our support for your mental health and wellbeing

We’re aware of the toll that the pandemic is taking on the mental health of our members, and have expanded our Confidential Support and Advice Service to help. Call 020 7869 6221 to access emotional support and advice from a trained counsellor, or arrange peer-to-peer support. Lines are open 24/7.

Information for trainees


Hubs, tools and guidance from other organisations

This section lists a selection of resources from other organisations that we believe is important to surgeons, and is not a comprehensive listing of all guidance available.

Guidance that the RCS has produced or contributed to is listed on the COVID-19 information page. Guidance written by the Faculty of Dental Surgeons is listed on the COVID-19 dental hub.


Specific guidance and issues


Third-party apps

For the general public

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