JCST are seeking to appoint new QA Lead

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28 Oct 2021

On behalf of the four Surgical Royal Colleges of the UK and Ireland, we are seeking to appoint one exceptional individual to lead key areas of the JCST’s work under the overall direction of the JCST Chair.


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, of involvement in relevant educational roles and a demonstrable understanding of and commitment to quality improvement in training. Excellent leadership, management and interpersonal skills are also essential.

The term of office will begin following induction to the role. Reasonable travel expenses for activities relating to the role will be reimbursed.

How to apply

Job description, person specifications and application form for the role are available from Susana Cipriano, Head of JCST (scipriano@jcst.org). Mr Jon Lund, JCST Chair, is also available to discuss the role and can be contacted via the JCST secretariat.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 12 December 2021. Interviews will be held via videoconference on Monday 20 December 2021.

View the full advert on the JCST website here


We particularly welcome applications from women, who are under-represented within our structures. Please note that consultants who would be due to retire from the NHS during their term are welcome to apply, however, we will expect them to have maintained their GMC trainer status.

We are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that members from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions and can improve the way we deliver services.

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