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Trainer Resources

This page provides information for assigned educational supervisors and clinical supervisors.

Improving Surgical Training (IST) resources

IST Trainer Guide

IST Capabilities in Practice (CiP) for Surgical Trainers

IST Introductory Questions for Trainees

Core Surgery Curriculum Highlights for IST Pilot

Trainer Cognitive Bias e-Learning module (free guest access, no login required)

Additional resources and guidance

GMC's Generic Professional Capabilities

COPMeD Gold Guide

ISCP Core Curriculum

ISCP Trainer Portfolio (login required)

Joint Committee on Surgical Training (JCST) Quality Indicators

RCSEd Faculty of Surgical Trainers (FST) Guidelines

NES ARCP AES Report Assessment Sheet 

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How-to videos from ISCP

How to use the FST trainer area


How to view the portfolio topics and progress


How to find information in my trainers


IST trainers videos and webinars 

Introduction to IST and the professionalisation of the trainer role

Bill Allum introduces the Improving Surgical Training (IST) pilot and explains the aim of the pilot to professionalise the role of the trainer.


New curriculum standards and assessment innovations

Gareth Griffiths and Jon Lund discuss the new GMC standards for curriculum. 


The importance of IST Trainer model

Craig McIlhenny gives an overview of the work being carried out by IST Trainer Education Development working group.


Gareth Griffiths and Jon Lund give an overview of the importance professionalising the role of trainers within IST.


IST trainer webinar

The IST Pilot Site Trainer Webinar took place on 9 October 2017. Clare Sutherland, Advanced Clinical Practitioner, Derby chaired the webinar and was joined by panel members Craig McIlhenny, Surgical Director, FST; Jennifer Cleland, Chair, ASME; Louise Goldring, Head of Learning and Innovation, RCS; Jon Lund, Surgical Director, ISCP and Nicolas Mitchell, Educator, RCS.

Watch the full webinar and individual discussions:








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