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Trainee fee statement

23 July 2008

A trainee fee of £125 per annum will be introduced from August 2008. It will be used to support the running costs of the Joint Committee on Surgical Training (JCST), including the Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Programme (ISCP) and the Orthopaedic Competence Assessment Programme (OCAP)

The fee will apply to all those trainees using the surgical curricula from August 2008, including those who are already registered within the ISCP website as trainees.

All trainees entering core level, FTSTA or ST3 programmes in surgery, or continuing these programmes from 2007, will need to use the curricula and associated websites to complete their training.

All trauma & orthopaedic trainees (including those who regard themselves as core, FTSTA or ST3) will also need to register with the ISCP website and pay the fee to JCST. Agreement has been reached between the Royal Colleges and the British Orthopaedic Association to support the use of OCAP by T and O trainees from ST3 onwards.

The fee is being introduced to support the surgical Royal Colleges, which no longer receive government or PMETB funding to support the ongoing costs of the JCST. Their costs include those associated with trainee registration and recommendation for CCT; the work of the specialty advisory committees (SACs); curriculum educational development; and website support. The Colleges have met the running costs of the ISCP (curriculum development and website) during the first year and now intend to charge trainees to cover costs phased from August 2008 onwards. The Colleges will continue to make a significant contribution to the costs of the JCST.

Use of the ISCP (and OCAP where relevant) is compulsory for surgical trainees adhering to the regulations set out in the Gold Guide. Trainees not using the ISCP (or OCAP where relevant) will have to apply to the PMETB for a Certificate confirming Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR).

Users registered as PDs, AESs, Assessors or Raters (for the Mini-PaT), such as consultants, Calman trainees and nurses, will not need to pay a fee for website access.

The fee of £125 will be fixed for the next 3 years, after which it will be subject to review by the surgical colleges. Payment of the fee will be via a portal accessible on both the JCST and ISCP websites. In most cases, trainees will have until the end of October 2008 to pay the fee for this year.

Full details on how to pay the fee are available on the JCST website: