The Improving Surgical Training Pilot - How will it affect 'traditional' CST training?
1: Will recruitment to the IST pilot be more competitive than recruitment to uncoupled core posts?
IST will introduce a number of initiatives designed to improve surgical training, and will take place in a limited number of pilot sites. This may mean that entry is competitive, but it is difficult to predict how core and IST posts will be ranked and so determine how competitive applications will be
2: Will I be able to train in uncoupled core and general surgery - will this still be possible?
Yes, this will still be possible, as there will be uncoupled core and general surgery posts available outside the pilot.
3: Will the IST pilot lead to a reduction in the number of uncoupled general surgery posts?
The allocation of general surgery NTNs at ST1 level in the pilot may lead to a reduction in the number of NTNs available for uncoupled training from ST3.
4: Can I transfer to another speciality after joining the pilot?
IST supports flexibility for trainees that wish to change specialties after beginning their training. For trainees that are recruited to the pilot but subsequently wish to train in a different specialty, prevailing arrangements for flexibility in training will ensure that competencies gained are transferable between the specialties
5: Will I be able to complete rotations in surgical specialties other than general surgery as part of my core level training in IST?
Yes. IST pilot sites will be expected to provide exposure to acute urology, acute general surgery of childhood and acute vascular surgery (locally or in neighbouring trusts). For details about the training programmes to be offered in Scotland, please see the IST Trainee Prospectus.
Above are a section of five questions that we thought were extremely important to bear in mind with regards to the IST pilot and its impact on core surgical training postings.