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How to Apply

Sites who wish to apply

Applications are invited from Schools of Surgery on behalf of trusts and health boards that will be able to deliver high quality training, initially in the early years of a run-through training programme (ST1-ST2), following the IST model.

The 2020 IST pilot site application form will be available soon. All completed forms must be received by the IST project team by 1 July 2019.

Trainees who wish to apply

Applications for the third cohort of the pilot (starting in 2020) will open in late 2019.

Applications for both IST and traditional core surgical training (CST) posts are made through Oriel. Offers will be made on the basis of preferences and scores achieved at interview. For more information, please see our FAQs.

How the pilot works

IST will deliver run through training from ST1, with bench marking in most specialties prior to specialty training entry at ST3 in approved training centres across England, Wales and Scotland. Scotland is also offering uncoupled IST placements in different surgical specialties. Pilot trainees will work to the same curricula as non-pilot trainees, but their working environment should afford more valuable training opportunities.

Why trainees should consider applying for the pilot

The IST pilot aims to offer the following benefits to core trainees:

  • Greater quality of training, provided by professionalised trainers with protected training time in their job plans.
  • Greater quantity of training, with improved balance between training and service, supported in part by members of the surgical care team.
  • Stability and security, through run through training in a single region and longer placements in each training location.
  • Potential for accelerated progression, through true competence-based training.

The IST recruitment webinar

Our webinar which took place on 26 October 2017 included a panel of experts including Bill Allum, Chair of JCST and Elizabeth Elsey, Vice-President of ASiT. The webinar provided trainees with a breadth of information about the IST pilot and ended with an extensive Q&A. If you missed it, you can watch the full video below.

Further information

Read the full Trainee Prospectus to learn more about the project.

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