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Improving Surgical Training

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The IST report found strong evidence-based arguments that general surgical training would be improved by:

  • Providing trainees with a better balance between service delivery and training
  • Building cross-specialty and cross-professional competencies.Improving the quality of training posts by enhancing the role of trainers to enable them to dedicate more time to deliver training.
  • Adapting different rota designs to allow surgeons to train more during daytime hours.
  • Developing surgical skills earlier through focused training opportunities, simulation etc. so that time is not wasted, particularly in the early years of surgical training
  • Training and developing a workforce from other professions (the wider surgical team) to support trainees to help deliver better patient care and free up their time for more training.