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Vacancies for Membership of the Specialty Advisory Committees (SACs) 2017

16 Nov 2016

The JCST is looking for practising NHS Consultants who are committed to surgical training and would like to make a real contribution to the following surgical specialties:

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery,
  • Otolaryngology
  • Paediatric Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Urology and Vascular Surgery

The work undertaken by SAC members includes amongst other areas:

  • Setting quality indicators for the training of surgeons, on behalf of the certifying authority, the General Medical Council (GMC);
  • Recommending trainees for the award of the CCT/ CESR (CP) (Combined Programme)/ CCST (Irish trainees) and supporting other ad-hoc trainee applications such as OOPT/OOPRs, etc.;
  • Developing and maintaining the surgical curricula and relevant assessment tools;
  • Providing advice to Postgraduate Deans and Schools of Surgery including:
    • acting as SAC Liaison Member for a designated region in the UK and/or Ireland;
    • attending their respective Specialty Training Committee (STC) meetings and ARCP meetings on a regular basis (see outcome of SAC review and its recommendations here);
    • providing advice and guidance to trainees and trainers;
    • supporting the network of Training Programme Directors (TPDs) by liaising with them and STC Chairs on matters to do with surgical training;
    • making recommendations regarding training posts and/or training programmes;
    • bringing to the attention of the SAC any relevant matters concerning individual trainees or training posts;
  • Evaluating CESR applications on behalf of the GMC for those who wish to be considered for
  • Specialist Registration.

All those appointed should have the following skills and experience:

  • A strong personal commitment to the NHS;
  • Active or very recent experience as a surgical trainer;
  • Experience of administration/management of training at regional committee level or equivalent;
  • Excellent knowledge of the StR surgical training system (including the ARCP process and the ISCP);
  • Have attended a Training the Trainers course;
  • Have attended an Equality & Diversity training course (please note that you will be required to attend a JCST in-house E&D training session).

Full job description and person specifications

We particularly welcome applications from women, who are under-represented within our structures.

Please note

All new SAC members will be required to attend an SAC Induction Day at RCSEng – liaison duties cannot begin until this has taken place. Induction Days usually happen in March/June/October – future dates are available here.

SAC meetings are held in London (3-4 times per year) and travel expenses should be paid for by the Hospital Trust or Health Board where the member works. Membership of the SAC is for a period of five years. If you are interested and would like to find out more please visit the JCST website here or phone 020 7869 6252.

Closing date: 31 January 2017

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