COVID-19 and Trainee Progression: Statement Update from JCST

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01 Apr 2020

The College wishes to keep all of our trainees up to date with the latest guidance. The previous guidance from JCST has been approved by the Royal College of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and can be found here.

Please see updated guidance from the JCST below:

Trainees’ wellbeing is very important to JCST and the Colleges and we hope that the following document provides some further clarity and support, and allows trainees to plan for the coming months. We are also aware that some local offices and deaneries are encouraging trainees to go to their Trust’s or Health Board’s Director or Associate Director of Medical Education, or to their Educational Supervisor, Training Programme Director, Associate Postgraduate Dean or Programme Support Unit in the first instance, if they need support. There are some resources available on the Intensive Care Society’s website here; and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges’ (AoMRC) website also includes a number of resources and advice under their ‘Support for doctors’ webpage here. For those in Scotland, you will also find additional information on where to seek further support here

All the bodies involved in surgical training are continuing to work together to find the safest and most pragmatic solution to the current situation. This update has the support of the Confederation of Postgraduate Schools of Surgery (CoPSS) and was discussed with the four Statutory Education Bodies (SEBs).

This update includes additional information on the following topics:

  • National Selection
  • Training Interface Group (TIG) Fellowships
  • FRCS (exit) examination
  • Acting up as a Consultant
  • Useful links


Please find the full statement here.


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