UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Science


CPD and Short Courses

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) is a priority area for our Division. It is important for your own development to keep your knowledge and skills up to date and this is a key facet of CPD.

Why CPD?

  • Some of the skills in these programmes can improve your performance in your workplace and improve your ability to contribute to your team.
  • CPD helps you to stay interested in your work and opens up new opportunities for your skills to be used.
  • It's good practice for staff to engage with regular CPD activities, and different professions and sectors will have different requirements for their staff. 

Our programmes


UCL/UCLH MRI Masterclass - future dates: anticipated. For further information, please contact dsis.cpd@ucl.ac.uk.

We can deliver your programme

We have delivered successful CPD events across different surgical specialities and can help you plan and deliver a CPD course, whether you are looking to provide a small course or a large international course. If you want to run a CPD course, we can support you and provide expertise to make your CPD course professional and efficient. We offer this service to UCL & UCLH staff, as well as external institutions.

Using the UCL Division of Surgery & Interventional Science can bring significant advantages.

Advantages of our support
  1. Focus: We will help you focus your efforts in the right areas and will ensure all aspects of the course are appropriately covered.
  2. Budgeting: Our Finance team will help to ensure that you have costed your course appropriately and to help guide you on how much you need to run it. The Finance team can help coordinate payment for services required for the course
  3. Rooms: The Division has access to specific rooms which may be used for your course. They have knowledge of which may be the best rooms for your course given your requirements.
  4. Admin support: The Division has dedicated members of staff who can help in the run up to the course (e.g. deal with queries from potential participants), in the provision of course materials (e.g. help with printing, stationary, course folders) and on the days of the event (e.g. helping with smooth running of the event on the day).
  5. Online shop: One of the best things about the UCL umbrella for badging CPD is that it allows an online shop to be set up where future participants can confirm and pay for the course. This reduces administrative burden on yourself and allows you to check in real-time how many subscriptions you have.
  6. Advertising: UCL Life learning will set up a dedicated portal for advertising your course on the website which allows interested participants to have a look at details of your course.
  7. Reputation: Badging your course with the UCL umbrella gives it the reputation of a world-class university and official UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Sciences Certificates for attendees.
  8. Contracts: With some services, contracts or sponsorship agreements may be required. The Division has some ready-made templates for this.
  9. Equipment: Some surgical skills courses may require specific equipment and storage facilities. The Division can help with sourcing or providing specific equipment and storage options
  10. Northwick Park: the only site in the UK that can provide the opportunity to operate on live anaesthetised animals.


Examples of previously run CPD courses

UCL/UCLH Urology and Radiology Team deliver MRI Masterclass to Urologists from around the country

The Urology and Radiology teams at UCL&UCLH, led by Professor Mark Emberton, have been at the forefront of research into multi-parametric Prostate MRI, which has been one of the most important advances in prostate cancer diagnosis over the last decade. This knowledge and learning was disseminated to Urologists from around the country in an interactive 2-day MRI Masterclass for Urologists led by Mr Veeru Kasivisvanathan, Mrs Caroline Moore and Professor Mark Emberton. This course helps attendees adopt an image-guided diagnostic and treatment pathway for their patients.

Participants were given their own MacBook Pro Computers, with real prostate MRI scans loaded onto them and were given the opportunity to look through scans themselves under the supervision of expert radiologists Dr Clare Allen, Dr Alex Kirkham and Dr Shonit Punwani. Candidates were given a baseline test and were re-tested at the end of the course to look for improvement in their ability to interpret the MRI. It was shown objectively that the course improved participants ability to do this. [1]

This course, the first of its kind designed specifically for Urologists, was delivered with the assistance of the Teaching Managers, Finance Department and CPD team of the UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Sciences. Due to the success of the course, the European Association of Urology have commissioned the course as a method of teaching these skills to Urologists from across Europe. Due to excellent feedback, this course will be running annually.

[1] Kasivisvanathan V, Charman S, van der Meulen J, et al. MP51-12. A training course for the urologist improves their ability to interpret clinically significant prostate cancer on multiparametric MRI. The Journal of Urology. 2017: 197:e698.