News in brief: December 2013
Simulation training will now be included in the surgical curriculum, the Joint Committee of Surgical Training has said.
Sallie Nicholas, head of the committee, an advisory body to the four surgical royal colleges of the UK and Ireland, said that simulation training would not be a compulsory part of the intercollegiate surgical curriculum programme for this year but that it would be “highly recommended or desirable.” The curriculum provides the UK framework for surgical training from completion of the foundation years through to consultant level.
“There needs to be a bit of monitoring first, and everyone needs to be sure that there is equitable provision across the country,” said Nicholas.
Currently, access to simulation training varies across the country, and one of the reasons for including it in the syllabus was to try to increase provision, Nicholas said. “Some areas have invested quite heavily, while others perhaps aren’t quite as