This study aimed to analyse the degree of relative variation in speciality-specific competencies required for Certification of Completion of Training (CCT) set by the UK Joint Committee for Surgical Training (JCST) 2021 curriculum. Regulatory body guidance related to operative and non-operative surgical skill competencies required for CCT were analysed and compared. Wide inter-speciality variation was demonstrated in the minimum number of logbook cases (median 815; range 54 to 2100), indexed operations (8; 5 to 24) and procedure-based assessments (35; 6 to 110). Academic competencies related to peer-reviewed publications, communications to learned societies and audits were aligned at zero, zero and three across specialities, respectively. Mandatory courses have been standardised with Advanced Trauma Life Support being the sole pre-requisite CCT for all. JCST certification guidelines have broadly standardised competency domains, yet large discrepancies persist regarding operative indicative numbers and assessments. This article serves as a definitive CCT guide regarding prevailing changes.
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OL and OPJ contributed equally.
Contributors OL – Data collection, original drafting, submission. OPJ – Data analysis, proofing. KM – Data collection, proofing. AP – Proofing. LH – Literature review, proofing. DBTR – Literature review, proofing. RE – Proofing. WL – Study design, critical review.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Disclaimer Data, analytical methods and study materials will be made available to other researchers on reasonable request from the corresponding author. Authors did not preregister the research with in an independent, institutional registry.
Competing interests OPJ was supported by a joint research fellowship from Royal College of Surgeons England and HEIW.
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