The Governance of Surgical Education: The Role of the Colleges

  • Ian Eardley
Part of the Innovation and Change in Professional Education book series (ICPE, volume 17)


This chapter reviews the place of the Surgical Royal Colleges in the governance of surgical training in the UK. The College structures that oversee training include the Joint Committee for Surgical Training (JCST) and individual Specialty Accreditation Committees (SACs) and their roles in curriculum development, assessment, selection, certification, quality assurance and trainee support are described. The relationship of the Colleges with the regulator, the funder and the education providers is complex and has changed substantially from the time when the Colleges had a central responsibility for accrediting surgical training. The reasons for these changes are discussed. Although set in the UK, there are also commonalities for Colleges internationally.


Governance Colleges Regulation Standards Workforce planning Certification Specialities Assessment 


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© Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian Eardley
    • 1
  1. 1.Leeds Teaching Hospital TrustLeedsUK

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