Useful Links

Intercollegiate Specialty Board - information on regulations and dates and application for FRCS Part 3

JCST - Joint Committee on Highter Specialist Training - oversees all training issues - required for approvals for setting CCT, Out of Programme recognition, less than full time training etc.

ISCP - For all aspect of the curriculum and recording of training (logbook, work based assessments etc). ARCPs will be conducted using the online ISCP portfolio.

The Gold Guide - The Gold Guide 4th Edition sets out the arrangements for specialty training from June 2010

Secondary care team: Deanery point of contact for matters such as CCT, OOP etc.;

telephone 0115 846 7105.

LAPCO - The National Training Programme in colorectal surgery. Trainees can upload laparoscopic operations to a password protected site and complete a global assessment score fop each laparoscopic case.
The Dukes’ Club
Nick Watson, Dukes Club JAG rep.
The Dukes’ Club is the national colorectal trainees association and our parent body is the Association of Coloproctology of GB & I. Membership is free, and you do not currently have to be an associate member of the ACPGBI to qualify. The Dukes’ represents colorectal trainees to the main ACPGBI committee, the Joint Advisory Group on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the Association of Surgeons in Training, and the ACPGBI research and audit, education and training, clinical services and colonoscopy subcommittees, as well as having a nominated secretary and webmaster. The Dukes’ Club arranges an educational session within the ACPGBI annual conference, and the committee are elected for the following year by open voting during the meeting.
There is also a popular 2-day residential educational weekend meeting organised by the committee (usually in April), which is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Ethicon Endosurgery, and provided free to members on a first-come first-served basis.
For further information and to join please see the website:
The Joint Advisory Group on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (JAG)
Nick Watson
The JAG, on behalf of its constituent bodies, the Royal Colleges of Physicians, Surgeons, Radiologists and General Practitioners and in association with the BSG and Royal College of Nursing defines the standards for the training of all endoscopists, regardless of the professional organisation to which they belong.  These include: physicians, surgeons, general practitioners, radiologists and nurse endoscopists.

The JAG certifies the training in endoscopy modalities for trainees upon production of specified portfolio documentation.  This includes: a logbook of procedures, basic endoscopy course participation, summative DOPS with a score of 3 or 4 on all indicators, audit data and a declaration signed by the trainee’s supervisor.  A JAG certificate in the specified modality(ies), signed by the JAG Chairman is issued to all trainees where the requirements are satisfactorily satisfied.

Up to date information about endoscopy training and certification, and access to the national e-Portfolio is available at:
For details of available endoscopy training courses (these are often booked up well in advance) see: