Posted June 8th 2020 (1 year ago)

New Surgical Curricula Postponement

Dear Colleagues,


After extensive consultation with key stakeholders, including trainee groups, SAC Chairs and Curriculum Leads, Heads of School and the Statutory Education Bodies, implementation of the new surgical curricula is postponed until 4 August 2021.  The majority of stakeholders felt that, given the continuing disruption from COVID-19 and expected clinical workload pressures of the recovery phase, it was not appropriate to implement the new curricula in 2020 as planned. The GMC has formally approved the new start date of 4 August 2021.


The trial Multiple Consultant Report (MCR) is still available as a tool for detailed, bespoke feedback and self-assessment outside the current formal assessment process. We encourage trainers and trainees to use it in order to improve feedback and familiarise themselves with the new assessment process at the heart of the new curricula.


We will use the postponement to provide guidance and training for further understanding and use of the new curricula and the MCR. Please look out for information via email, ISCP news, and if you use Twitter, please follow us @JCST Surgery. You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel for notifications of new curriculum training videos.


Please find attached our revised transition and implementation plans. We will shortly publish the new curricula in full here, together with a range of supporting guidance.



Best wishes,


Jon Lund,

ISCP Surgical Director