CESR Application Guidance: Paediatric Surgery

If you fail to include any of the following you will be unlikely to make a successful CESR application in Paediatric Surgery.

When applying please also see the SSG, JCST ‘guidance for applicants’ and the Paediatric Surgery curriculum.


  • The intercollegiate FRCS[1].

Skills and experience

  • Experience in a minimum of two centres
  • Exposure to the six major areas of clinical work in the specialty: neonatal surgery; general surgery of childhood; GI surgery; urological surgery; oncological surgery; and thoracic surgery
  • Fulfil numbers for indicative procedures
  • Logbook and consolidation sheets set out in the e-logbook format (including a consolidation report filtered to show the number of indicative procedures performed in the last six years)
  • Completion of all the required PBAs to the required level. It is very important that your PBAs are as meaningful as possible and therefore they should show evidence of feedback and guidance. They should include comments from your assessors and, where appropriate, demonstrate reflection by you. Block entries of ‘satisfactory’ are not acceptable

Papers and Presentations

  • Evidence of having published the results of research in peer-reviewed journals and of having competence in research methodology and data interpretation


  • Leadership/Management in the NHS
  • Training the Trainers
  • Up-to-date APLS
  • Attendance at, and participation in, relevant national and international meetings


  • Regular audits, with a minimum of one per year. One of the audits must have progressed through the full audit cycle

Structured references

  • A minimum of six references, one of which is from your current clinical director

Guidance links

Specialist Specific Guidance

JCST Guidance for Applicants

[1] As this is the equivalence route then it is possible that you can demonstrate this in other ways. The specialty specific guidance on the GMC’s and the JCST’s website give details. It is however, highly unlikely, that any combination of evidence other than the intercollegiate examination will show exact equivalence.