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Education and training

This section provides information for both clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and local education and training boards (LETBs) as education and training is vital for successful service delivery and safe effective surgical care.

The College's role is to set standards and support education through courses and examinations as well as workplace based surgical training against the surgical curriculum. We also quality assure events and courses and also accredit post-CCT fellowships.

The Joint Committee on Surgical Training (JCST) is an advisory body to the four surgical Royal Colleges of the UK and Ireland for all matters related to surgical training and works closely with the Surgical Specialty Associations in Great Britain and Ireland. The JCST is the parent body for all Specialty Advisory Committees (SACs) responsible for surgical specialties.

Health Education England is the new body set up to oversee the commissioning and delivery of health education across all specialties.

At the local level, LETBs are responsible for the training and education of NHS staff, both clinical and non-clincical, within their area.

The Education Outcomes Framework sets the outcomes that the Secretary of State expects to be delivered from the reformed education and training system, to be led by HEE and LETBs. It will be used to measure improvements in education, training and workforce development and the impact on the quality and safety of services for patients.

The College has an established regional infrastructure to support the delivery of postgraduate training and education, underpinned by its regional representatives.

College representatives for training and education in England, Wales and Northern Ireland comprises of the regional council member, head of school, surgical tutor and regional coordinator.

Information and support available

The College is developing information to CCGs and LETBs to help them in discharging their responsibilities for assuring the quality of education and training through:


We aim to continually improve our services to meet the needs of commissioners and providers. Please contact us with your feedback and ideas.