On behalf of the four Surgical Royal Colleges of the UK and Ireland, we are seeking to appoint two exceptional individuals to lead key areas of the JCST’s work under the overall direction of the JCST Chair.
ISCP Surgical Director
Developed and overseen by the Joint Committee on Surgical Training, its Specialty Advisory Committees (SACs), Training Interface Groups (TIGs) and Core Surgical Training Advisory Committee (CSTAC), the ISCP has been fully operational since 2007. It is a living curriculum, the content of which must keep pace with changes in practice in individual specialties and in surgical training as a whole. We also strive constantly to respond to feedback and to improve its user-friendliness for both trainees and trainers. We continue to work on a rolling programme of further development.
All of this takes place within the framework established by the regulator, the GMC, which approves all postgraduate training curricula and monitors changes on a regular basis. Following the publication of the GMC’s “Excellence by Design” for the development and design of postgraduate medical curricula, the incorporation of the Generic Professional Capabilities (GPCs) Framework within it, and the requirement for all postgraduate medical curricula to be outcomes-based, we are working to review, update and implement the new surgical curricula iterations later this year.
The Surgical Director will provide clinical leadership for the ISCP, act as a champion in increasing familiarity among both trainees and trainers, and work to foster and promote excellence in surgical education and training. They will be responsible for and lead on the implementation of the new outcomes-based surgical curricula.
Applicants should be practising consultant surgeons with recent experience of managing and delivering surgical training, extensive familiarity with the ISCP and experience of chairing or leading a relevant regional or national training committee. Excellent leadership, management and interpersonal skills will be essential.
The JCST will reimburse the successful applicant’s Trust/Health Board for two PAs per week. The official term of office will begin on 1 November 2020.
JCST QA Lead
The JCST is committed to developing, promoting and ensuring the highest possible standards of surgical training for the benefit of patients. Quality improvement, management and assurance are at the heart of all that we do. The QA Lead will provide clinical leadership for this activity, chairing our QA Group and overseeing initiatives such as our trainee and trainer surveys, our quality indicators (QIs) for training posts and our regional specialty quality reports, as well as ensuring that we provide high quality support for local quality management activity.
Applicants should be practising consultant surgeons with recent experience of managing and delivering surgical training, experience of chairing or leading a relevant regional or national training committee and a demonstrable understanding of and commitment to quality improvement in training. Excellent leadership, management and interpersonal skills are also essential.
The official term of office will begin during the spring of 2021.
How to apply
Job descriptions, person specifications and application forms for both posts are available from Susana Cipriano, Head of JCST (email@example.com; tel: 020 7869 6252). Mr Jon Lund, the current ISCP Surgical Director and JCST Chair-designate, and Mr James Wheeler, the current QA Lead, are also available to discuss the respective posts and can be contacted via the JCST secretariat.
The closing date for applications is Monday 20 July. Interviews will be held via video-conference on Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 September 2020.