JCST Trainee Survey

The JCST survey was developed in conjunction with the Schools of Surgery and was introduced in 2011. Its key purpose is to measure the achievement of the JCST Quality Indicators across all UK training programmes. The survey responses are pivotal to the JCST’s quality processes and we are very grateful to all trainees who take the time to complete the survey.  Trainees’ feedback on their training programmes and posts is very important to the JCST and is vital in helping us to assess the quality of training.

The survey is run via the ISCP website and trainees are notified through their ISCP accounts when they should complete the survey – we ask trainees to complete one survey for each training placement and to complete all relevant surveys prior to their ARCP.

All trainees, regardless of their level or specialty, answer the same survey, which comprises approximately 31 questions. There are also additional questions for Cardiothoracic Surgery, Core Surgical Training (Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery placements), General Surgery, Neurosurgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Otolaryngology, Paediatric Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, Urology, Vascular Surgery, less than full time, and academic trainees (ACFs & ACLs) to answer.

A series of Frequently Asked Questions about the survey are available here. We review the survey questions on an annual basis and welcome feedback and suggestions for improvement.

JCST survey annual report

Since its introduction in 2011, the JCST trainee survey has provided some valuable information about the quality of surgical training nationally. As part of its five-year strategy, the JCST intends to share this information in the form of an annual report. The first two can be found below:

First annual report for the JCST trainee survey

Second annual report for the JCST trainee survey

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