JCST Quality Assurance Meeting – 26/10/2015

The Vice President of BOTA (Simon Fleming) attended this meeting and the hot topics were as follows;

JCST Surveys

Results of this year’s survey are out. Things that are apparent appear to be issues with LTFT and ongoing issues with bullying and harassment.

Both of these will be looked into in further detail and actioned urgently

ARCP 2 and 3 Outcomes

An issue was raised that potentially trainees do not always understand the implications and reasons for an outcome 2 or 3 in their ARCP. It was noted that many trainees are utterly distraught when they receive one, even if it is made very clear that fault does not lie with them but instead lies at the feet of the job they were just in. It was suggested there should be clear documentation if that is the case. It was also raised that if this is the case, and it is the job/trainer rather than the trainee at fault, that this should be used to look closer into that job or trainer as to whether they are fit for purpose

JCST Staff Meeting

After the JCST QA meeting, myself and Rhiannon Harries (ASiT President) met with Sallie Nicholas (Head of Joint Committee on Surgical Training (JCST), Bill Allum (Chair of JCST) as well as all of the JCST staff to have an open and frank (yet informal) discussion about “a day in the life” of a trainee. Topics covered included how we use the ISCP, what we want from the JCST (including trainee opinion of the fee) and the current issues with the junior doctor contract. It was reassuring as everyone in the room was on the same page and the JCST staff want nothing more than to help trainees and improve training.