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The Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) has opened an €80 million state of the art building at No 26 York Street in Dublin’s City Centre, that is is the largest and most modern facility of its kind in Europe.

Designed to provide hands-on practical, professional healthcare training in multiple learning and study environments, the college claims that the facilities provide a world class clinical learning environment attuned to the needs of a changing healthcare world, delivering a truly transformative clinical learning experience.

At the heart of the 10-storey building, which was featured on the documentary ‘Dermot Bannon & The Big Build’, is the Simulation Centre, which spans over three full floors.

This area offers students and healthcare professionals access to clinical skills labs, mock operating theatre, and clinical training wards.

Pictured on screen are, Professor Jim Murray, Director of Simulation, RCSI and Professor Oscar Trayor, Professor of Post Graduate Surgical Education, RCSI, in The Control Room for the Mock Operating Theatre, in the Simulation Centre, at RCSI’s new, state of the art building which has opened at No 26 York Street in Dublin’s City Centre. Photo: Julien Behal. 

Professor Cathal Kelly, RCSI Chief Executive, commented: “In a world where continuous professional development and reaccreditation is essential, these new facilities provide a national capacity for surgeons to refresh their skills and to avail of innovative techniques and international advancements.

“No 26 York Street represents a world class clinical learning environment, enabling a truly transformative clinical learning experience”, he added.

RCSI is the only surgical training college in the world to offer a comprehensive ‘Human Factors’ training course integrated into the surgical curriculum; their new facilities also focus on teaching students the interpersonal skills that are necessary to become an excellent surgeon and team leader.

RCSI has claimed that their new facilities have shifted postgraduate surgical training in Ireland to a “new level”.

Professor Hannah McGee, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in RCSI said:  “This new building represents a move away from the apprenticeship model, where undergraduate teaching of skills for medical, physiotherapy, pharmacy and physician associate students were learned on the job.

“Many of these skills will now be learned through the simulation of real situations, enabling essential skills to be learned and mastered before patients are operated on”.

RCSI is ranked among the top 250 (top 2 per cent) of universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2018).