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Piloting improvements to surgical training

We are working with the Royal College of Surgeons to pilot a new competence-based, run-through training programme in general surgery.

The Improving Surgical Training pilot will trial improvements in the quality of training, a better training-service balance for trainees, professionalise the role of the trainer, and look at developing other members of the team from other professional backgrounds to work alongside trainees to improve patient care.

The pilot represents an opportunity for trusts to develop an alternative workforce model, maximising productive training time and making use of the focused specialisms of members of the extended surgical team.

It also provides the ideal opportunity to develop the concept of the modern firm, announced by Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, involving the multi-disciplinary team within which junior doctors work, and who are best placed to provide the support they require in a positive and collaborative environment.

We will be looking to recruit trainees to the pilot sites towards the end of this year - further information can be found on the College's website

I am pleased that Health Education England and the Royal College of Surgeons are working together to explore and pilot these innovative ideas, to help meet future needs of patients and service needs through transformation of the surgical workforce.

Professor Wendy Reid, Executive Director of Education and Quality and National Medical Director