North West surgeon becomes first to receive Royal College of Surgeons cosmetic surgery certification

Gary RossA cosmetic surgeon from BMI The Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle has become the first to complete the Royal College of Surgeons’ (RCS) new cosmetic surgery certification, demonstrating he has the skills and experience to perform cosmetic procedures to the RCS standards.    

Mr Gary Ross, a plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgeon at the BMI Alexandra Hospital is the first cosmetic surgeon in the country to receive certification from the Royal College of Surgeons. 

The RCS has launched a certification scheme for surgeons who perform cosmetic surgery and later this year, patients and hospitals will be able to search for a certified surgeon on the RCS website. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will take account of RCS standards when inspecting and rating services.

To apply for certification surgeons must be on the General Medical Council's (GMC) specialist register in a specialty that demonstrates training and experience in their chosen area of practice. Surgeons are able to apply for certification in one or more groups of closely related cosmetic surgical procedures.

Mr Ross has been certified in cosmetic breast surgery, cosmetic surgery of the face, nose, periorbital region & ears, cosmetic body contouring surgery and body contouring following massive weight loss. As part of the certification process, Mr Ross also completed a two-day masterclass that covered topics including elements of an effective consultation; professional approaches to complaints and complications; and effective post-operative care

Last week, former Health Secretary Andrew Lansley put forward a private members’ bill that would enable the General Medical Council to note on its medical register which surgeons have been awarded RCS cosmetic surgery certification.

Mr Gary Ross, cosmetic surgeon at the BMI Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle and the Christie Clinic in Withington, said:

“I am honoured to become the first cosmetic surgeon in the UK to receive RCS cosmetic surgery certification.

“The certification process provides patients considering undergoing a cosmetic surgery with the reassurance that their surgeon is recognised by the RCS, as skilled in the procedure they are having done.”

“Alongside the certification scheme and professional standards for cosmetic surgery, the RCS has published patient resources on its website that offer advice on how to choose the right surgeon and hospital, explain the risks of undergoing surgery, and highlight possible complications to consider.”

Categories: Accreditation

Date: 13th July 2017