JCST Meeting – October 2016

JCST and JCST QA Meeting reports, October 2016

This month has seen meetings of both the JCST and JCST Quality Assurance groups. Below are a series of bullet points covering the main points discussed regarding training in T&O:

Academic requirements for CCT

– It was reiterated by the QA group that quality improvement and audit do not count as academic research

– Question about clarifications over position of collaborative work was raised and will be debated in the future

– Research methodology to be included in CCT guidance (along with GCP) – at present it is likely that the former will be covered by a course or similar

ATLS requirement

  1. ATLS certification needs to be current throughout training for T&O

  2. As ATLS is named in the curriculum, discussions are on-going as to whether trainees should be paying for this, or will it be covered by Schools of Surgery

  3. At present, the European Trauma course is not valid, although future GMC Generic Professional Capability guidelines are likely to change the naming of courses in curricula

Indicative operative numbers

Under review by BOA

JCST Survey

Trainee morale has been decided as the theme for next year’s survey, and both the JCST and JCST QA were receptive to presentation of the BOTA Census results regarding bullying and harassment, and will be forming a short-life working group in order to tackle this problem.

We will be working closely with ASiT in order to find ways to tackle this issue. ASiT have also borrowed the Lost Tribe model, following its success in orthopaedics, to define rota gaps and quality indicators across all surgical specialties.


The JCST has committed to improving communication and transparency about funding and activities, particularly in terms of how the JCST fee is spent.


JCST Chair, Bill Allum, has been part of a working group on improving the quality of training, investigating 3 issues raised by the BMA during contract negotiations: flexibility of training (the LTFT working group met for the first time last week), costs of courses and training costs. There is likely to be a change in the way that study budget funds are distributed, and we await the full report from this group.


The JCST Chair has also represented trainees with the GMC, in terms of the potential impact of the new contract on training, as well as the loss of services to private providers and specialty cross-cover.

GMC generic professional capabilities are also currently under review, and will most likely lead to and Entrustable Professional Activities model of training in the future.


The Chair of the ISCP Management Committee issued a formal apology for the problems with the new version of ISCP 10. A priority list has been created to tackle the issues that have arisen, and these are currently being addressed.

If you have any questions regarding any of the above, please forward on to vicepresident@bota.org.uk. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]