Getting Started

Trainee quick quide (PDF: 336KB)

Step by step guide for Trainees (PDF: 3,448KB)

Step by step guide for Assigned Educational Supervisors (PDF: 3,207KB)

Step by step guide for Training Programme Directors (PDF: 3,476KB)

Step by step guide for SAS doctors (PDF: 349KB)

ISCP user guide for JCST SAC Liaison Member Report (PDF: 404KB)


These shortened versions of the step guides are designed to be printed back-to-back (on short edge) and folded in a concertina shape. Print in colour or black and white.

Pocket guide for AES Pocket guide for TPD Pocket guide for Trainee

Pocket guide for SAC Liaison

Member Report


The Feedback FREND is named after its five headings: Feedforward; Reflect; Enquire; Next and Do. The framework can be used with any existing WBA to aid the trainee-trainer feedback discussion, promoting a more complete formative verbal dialogue.

Trainees may also find the general guidance on self-assessment useful before trying out the self-assessment tool.

Useful links to the new surgical curriculum

Training Programme Directors, Assigned Educational Supervisors, Clinical Supervisors and Trainees have new defined roles in the new 2021 curriculum. The links below take you directly to the information you need to know.

Supervisor and trainee roles and responsibilities (PDF)


This short video explains when trainees should transition to the new curriculum.

Trainees must have transferred if they have:

  • Entered ST1 / CT1 
  • Entered ST2 / CT2 in Cardiothoracic Surgery / Neurosurgery
  • Moved into ST3, ST4, ST5, ST6 
  • Moved into ST7 in all specialties except OMFS and Urology

The MCR is led by the Lead Clinical Supervisor. The person in the role is selected by the trainee and assigned educational supervisor at the beginning of the learning agreement. They are selected from among all the clinical supervisors named in the trainee’s placement page.

For Lead Clinical Supervisors

How to start an MCR

This video explains how a Lead Clinical Supervisor opens and starts an MCR.


​For Clinical Supervisors

How to complete an MCR 

This videos explains how an MCR is completed as part of the assessment in the curriculum.



Demo of an MCR meeting

This video demonstrates how to use the the Trial MCR tool across teams with with 3 Clinical Supervisors. for more information about the changes coming to the curriculum, please view the ISCP website here:



Capabilities in Practice (CiPs) explained

This video explains how the new curriculum describes fewer, high-level outcomes of training called Capabilities in Practice (CiPs) aimed at helping trainees to better understand what is expected of them in their training programme.



Generic Professional Capabilities (GPCs) explained 

This video talks about how the GPC framework was developed by the GMC and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges with the aim of providing a consistent approach to ensuring that all doctors demonstrate an appropriate and mature professional identity.



The Multiple Consultant Report (MCR) explained

This video expands on how the main change to the assessment system is the addition of a new assessment based in the workplace called the Multiple Consultant Report (MCR). The MCR will take place at the mid-point and end-point of each placement and feed into the Learning Agreement.


MCR guidance  for Clinical Supervisors and Assigned Educational Supervisors (PDF)

Capabilities in practice (CiPs) (PDF)

Generic Professional Capabilities framework (PDF)

Supervision levels (web page - core, see section 5.3.3)

Supervision levels  (web page - specialty)

Trainees can assess themselves against the GPCs and CiPs at the midpoint and endpoint of each training placement. The midpoint is optional but should be used when placements are 6 months or longer. The endpoint self-assessment is a curriculum requirement.

Trainee Self-Assessment

This short video explains how a trainee self-assessment will be completed in the 2021 surgical curriculum 


How to Change your Lead Clinical Supervisor

This short video will show how trainees can change their Lead Clinical Supervisor from their ISCP dashboard during their placement.

Trainee Self-Assessment guidance (PDF)

Trainee Self-Assessment guidance (PDF)

Completion of core surgical training (web page)

Certification requirements  (web page - each specialty)

The new Learning Agreement helps to focus objectives on the achievement of GPCs and CiPs, directing progress towards readiness for day-1 consultant practice.

Learning Agreement (short video)

This short video explains how the Learning Agreement change from August 2021


Learning Agreement (longer video)

This video shows the new learning agreement being demonstrated by ISCP Head, Maria Bussey. For information about the changes coming to the curriculum in August 2021, please refer to the website here:


2021 Surgical Curricula (PDFs)

2021 Surgical Curricula (web page)

Training pathway diagrams (web page)

More information at our JCST/ISCP YouTube channel

For technical help and advice you can contact the ISCP Helpdesk