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National Representatives

Committees on which ASiT have representatives

A key part of ASiT Council's role is to represent it's members on the many national and local meetings which are pertinent to surgical training. Below is a table outlining details of these meetings and the Council members responsible for attendance. Please contact the individual to send them any queries or questions relating to these committees.


Description of committee

ALSGBI (Assn Laparoscopic Surgeons)


ASGBI Council

Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland Council- ASGBI is an association representing general surgery and all its associated specialties. ASGBI council consists of members from all the subspecialty organisations including breast, colorectal etc. (ABS, ACPGBI, ALS, AYGIS, BATS, BTS, the Vascular society, SARS and the armed forces) and representatives from ASiT and UEMS Monospecialist Committee in General Surgery.

ASGBI Education & Training

ASGBI Education and Training committee consists of representatives from all the subspecialty groups (ABS, ALSGBI, ACPGBI, ASPC, BAETS and BASO) as well as SAS and trainee group (ASiT). The committee mainly discuss the education and training aspects of general surgery and the subspecialties.

ASGBI Executive Board and Specialty Presidents

As above, ASGBI is an association representing general surgery and its associated specialties. This meeting consists of the specialty presidents and the executive board of ASGBI and discusses topics mainly in general surgery

ASGBI International Development Committee

This is a subcommittee of the ASGBI that focuses on Global Surgery

ASGBI Scientific (and organise session at ASGBI)

The ASGBI scientific committee predominantly focuses on organisation of the ASGBI conference. ASiT have a session at the ASGBI conference which is discussed at this meeting.

AoMRC Trainee Doctors Group (ATDG)


AoMRC Trainee Doctors Group (ATDG )Scotland

Trainee group comprising representatives from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland. Discusses issues from both Scottish and UK AoMRC but with particular focus on Scotland.

BASO Trainees


British Association of Day Surgery (BADS)

The British Association of Day Surgery aims to provide information about Day and Short Stay Surgery for Patients, Relatives, Carers, Healthcare Professionals and Members. It publishes the Journal of One Day Surgery and holds an annual scientific meeting.



BMA Multi Specialty Working Group



Confidential Reporting System for Surgery. An advisory board sharing experiences and lessons about adverse events in surgery.

Emergency General Surgery Advisory Board

This is an advisory board on Emergency General Surgery and is a subcommittee of the ASGBI

General Surgery of Childhood


Gen Surg National Selection Committee

This committee discusses the requirements for national recruitment criteria and processes in General Surgery


The Intercollegiate Committee for Basic Surgical Examinations (ICBSE) is responsible for the continued development, quality assurance and standards of the Intercollegiate MRCS and the Diploma in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (DO–HNS). It comprises of representatives from all the four Royal Colleges, an educationalist, MRCS examination assessor and trainee representative. They discuss all the aspects of MRCS examination including the reports from OSCE, MCQ sub groups.

ICBSE OSCE Subgroup and MCQ sub group

These are subcommittees of ICBSE. The committee comprised of BCA leads, Question book editor, ICBSE chair and Trainee rep.The groups discuss the development of MCQs and OSCE scenarios as well as reporting the developments to ICBSE and IQA committees.

ICBSE IQA Subgroup

The committee comprised of Royal college representativres, ICBSE chair, representatives from MCQ and OSCE sub groups, Trainee rep (ASiT) and MRCS exam assessors as well as BCA leads.The committee checks the quality control of the examination.

IJS Editorial Board (6 editorials + conference write up)

Editorial Board for the International Journal of Surgery, which publishes our Conference abstracts and several ASiT Editorials each year.

Intercollegiate exam in general surgery (post FRCS)

Similar to the JCIE below exept that it mainly focusses on FRCS in General surgery.

Irish Surgical Training Group (ISTG)

This is the group that represent Irish Surgical Trainees and is formally linked to ASiT. All grades of surgical trainees are included.

ISTG General Surgery Subcommittee

This is a group that represent Irish General Surgery Trainees as a subcommittee of the Irish Surgical Trainee Group

ISCP Management Group

This is the management group meeting of the ISCP which meets quarterly and oversees ISCP development and curricula changes, discussed by SAC leads.

ITOG Management Group


JCIE (Intercollegiate Exam) (Post FRCS)

The JCIE is responsible, in line with the statutory requirements of the GMC Postgraduate Board, to the four surgical Royal Colleges of Great Britain and Ireland, for the supervision of standards, policies, Regulations and professional conduct of the Specialty Fellowship Examinations. The JCIE is the parent body for its ten surgical Specialty Boards. Therefore discussed the FRCS examinations for all the specialties.


The overarching meeting for the Joint Committee on Surgical Training which acts as an advisory body to the four surgical Royal Colleges of the UK and Ireland for all matters related to surgical training. It is the parent body of the SACs (Specialty Advisory Committees) and the TIGs (Training Interface Groups).

JCST Core Surgery


JCST Joint Surgical Data Governance Committee

This is a subcomiittee of the Joint Commission for Surgical Training that oversees data governance, e.g. ethical and confidential use of trainee data.

JCST Data Group


JCST National Selection Leads Group

Purpose of this group within the JCST is for all surgical specialty (SAC) leads for selection to meet together, share experiences and try to encourage uniformity and best practice.

JCST Quality Assurance

This group meets to discuss the quality assurance of JCST approved posts. It designs the JCST feedback survey and analyses the results of the survey.

JCST Simulation Group


Major Trauma Working Group


Major Trauma TIG


Medical Student Liaison Committee

This group invites the Presidents of medical school surgical societies to the Royal College of Surgeons in London for a discussion of issues effecting medical students and to share ideas to improve engagement

RCS Academic and Research Board



Royal College of Surgeons of Edinbugh Faculty of Surgical Trainers. National Faculty open to surgeons with an interest in training. Provides standards for trainers.

RCSEng Childrens Surgical Forum


RCSEng Council

Royal College of Surgeons (England) Council meeting which develops of the college's services, facilities, governance, education and development.

RCSEng Court of Examiners (Post FRCS)


RCSEng Education Board

Royal College of Surgeons (England) Education board involved with design/development and delivery of the college's educational activities as well as training related issues

RCSEng National Surgical Fellowships

Royal College of Surgeons (England) committee overseeing national, College approved, surgical fellowships.

RCSEng Patient and Lay Group

This is the meeting of the Patient and Lay members of the RCSEng. They seek to inform the college of PL opinion and can advise ASiT regarding matters directly impacting patients.

RCSEng Improving Surgical Training reference group

RCSEng group to inform the development of the improving surgical training pilot and programme.

RCS Eng Improving Surgical Training Faculty group

RCS England group to inform the development of faculty for the improving surgical training pilot and programme

RCS Eng Improving Surgical Training Curriculum Development Group

RCS England group to inform the development of the curriculum for the improving surgical training pilot and programme

RCS Eng IST Pilot Planning

RCS plans for college refurbishment

RCS Eng IST Service & Wider Workforce Planning Group

RCS plans for college refurbishment


RCS plans for college refurbishment

RCSEng Work Programme 3

Royal College of Surgeons (England) work programme focussed on the attractiion and retention of trainees to surgery

RCSEng Work Programme 4

Royal College of Surgeons (England) work programme focussed on the improvement of surgical training

RSM Surgical Section

Royal Society of Medicine - Section of Surgery.

SAC General Surgery

Specialty Advisory Committee for General Surgery.Oversees training in general surgery, discusses criteria for CCT and is the body responsible for awarding CCT.


Society of Academic & Research Surgery. Aims to promote excellend in researhc, education and clinical innovation. It is an independent society, but has vital links with other surgical associations & societies such as ASGBI, VSGBI, ACPGBI and AUGIS.

Surgery Journal Editorial Board - ASiT posiiton


Surgical Forum

The Surgical Forum of Great Britain and Ireland is comprised of the Presidents and Vice Presidents of the four Royal Colleges and the Presidents of the 10 SAC-defined and GMC-recognised surgical specialties. The Surgical Forum is a representative voice of surgery across the entirety of Great Britain and Ireland.



Scottish Shape of Training Working Group

Group focused on issues relating to implementing within Scotland the ambitions set out in the Shape of Training Review






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