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CST Curriculum

What to expect as a CST trainee

As a trainee you will have an Assigned Educational Supervisor (AES) who will:

  • Ensure you have a departmental induction
  • Together with you, construct a learning agreement at the start of your placement
  • Have regular, on average 2 weekly, meetings with feedback documented on ISCP
  • Have interim and final meetings with you
  • Provide you with your final report
  • Ensure skills clubs are run regularly and check on your progress with the Portable Laparoscopic Simulators
  • Provide you with careers guidance
  • Escalate any issues or difficulties you may be having to the TPD


The simulation strategy aims to deliver:

  • An improved balance between service delivery and training. At least 60% of duty time will be within daytime hours, allowing better access to elective training opportunities.
  • An improved relationship with professionalised trainers. The posts will almost all be of 12 months rather than 6 months duration; trainers will have double the time in their job plan for training compared with previously.
  • Integrated use of simulation along side the clinical apprenticeship


To allow you as a trainee to progress, you must meet the requirements for Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Project (ISCP) and complete Annual reviews of Competence and Progression (ARCP). 

In order to meet these requirements you must:

  • Have a minimum of 40 WBAs and 50% to be consultant validated. These need to be accrued at a rate of 1 per week; 40 WBAs validated over a short period of time before your ARCP will not be acceptable. WBAs should be linked to topics to demonstrate broad coverage of the core curriculum
  • Obtain feedback from multiple sources for every post. You need to have two if you are in 6 month posts, and one if you are in a 12 month post
  • Have comments from different Clinical Supervisors (CS) of which you can nominate up to 7 on ISCP.
  • Have a completed Learning Agreement including Final Report from your Assigned Educational Supervisor (AES). Your AES can also be a CS and make comment about your clinical performance, however, you must also have separate comment by a different trainer so we get a broader assessment of your abilities
  • Complete and keep up to date an elogbook on ISCP with around 200 procedures per year
  • Have a current CV
  • Upload your photograph on ISCP
  • Have SOAR declaration signed off
  • Upload a complete absence record 
  • Complete and upload General Medical Council (GMC) Trainee survey 
  • Achieve Part A MRCS by end of CT1 and upload the result to ISCP (if you have failed twice please contact us ASAP) 
  • Attend 70% of the teaching sessions with evidence of attendance uploaded to ISCP
  • Complete at least one audit or research project per year
  • Achieve a good standard of performance on 6 fixed tasks using the Portable Laparoscopic Simulators.  This needs to be assessed before your ARCP 

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This page was last updated on: 11.08.2022 at 14.51