Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Programme (ISCP)

Over the last two years, the Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Programme has worked towards reforming and modernising surgical training in line with changing societal, political and professional expectations.

The ISCP aims to improve surgical training and to offer better support to surgical trainees and trainers in order to uphold the world-renowned standard of surgical care provided in the UK. To achieve these aims, changes to surgical training will include the introduction of a new, transparent, nationally-standardised curriculum which is underpinned by clearly defined standards and competency-based assessments for each stage of surgical training.

The ISCP benefits from the input of Specialty Advisory Committees (SACs), representing each of the 10 surgical specialties. It also forms a collaboration between the Surgical Royal Colleges of Great Britain and Ireland and other professional bodies responsible for surgical training, including postgraduate deaneries and the General Medical Council (GMC). Trauma and Orthopaedics led the way in development of the e-curriculum through the Orthopaedic Competence and Assessment Project. This was subsequently integrated into ISCP in early 2011.

The ISCP may be accessed via: www.iscp.ac.uk.