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Improving Surgical Training for all trainees in Scotland

Posted: Thursday, November 9, 2017

How Scotland’s surgical trainees will benefit from the new Improved Surgical Training programme

Scotland’s surgical trainees are set to benefit from the creation of a new training programme, open to all of our Core surgical trainees who start in 2018.

‘Improving Surgical Training’ (IST)is a pilot programme which aims to:

  • Set aside more time for training - protected teaching time
  • Create longer placements in each location – more stability
  • Enable better progression through competency training

The pilot sites are nine Schools of Surgery and Training Boards throughout the UK, with Wales providing 8, England providing 24 and Scotland providing 49 of the 81 posts available. 18 of the 49 posts will be available for run through General Surgical training and the remainder will be a mixture of generic and themed Core Surgical Training programmes.

Professor William Reid Dean of Postgraduate Medicine SE Scotland said: “We’re looking to make much more formal the kind of support that should be there for trainees and we're looking to formalise mentoring within the programme. We really want to not only increase the face-to-face time between trainee and trainers but we are also looking to embed simulation and make that a much more part of earlier surgical training.

“We’re excited by the prospects of the Improving Surgical Training pilot. It holds out the opportunity of real benefits for trainees, so we’re taking the step of offering it to every one of our posts as soon as possible.”

IST will also:

  • Professionalise the role of the trainer – providing better quality training
  • Reduce on-call rota commitments – less demand for trainees
  • Make better use of surgical care teams - better support for trainees

Professor Reid continued:

“We have a lot of trainers who have won the Silver Scalpel award over the last few years and we have units that are outstanding international centres for surgical training.

“We can offer a diversity of training which really isn’t available in many places - from major teaching hospitals and university placements with academic aspects to remote and rural experiences.

“If you want to be on the Programme, I’d strongly recommend making Scotland your first preference.”

To learn more about Improving Surgical Training in Scotland, check out our latest video:

Applications open on Wednesday 8 November 2017 and close on Thursday 30 November 2017. Read more here: /recruitment/specialty-recruitment.aspx

This page was last updated on: 09.11.2017 at 12.07.