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BSoT Position Statement on COVID-19

We are in an unprecedented situation with the nature and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a committee, BSoT would like to express our concern and understanding for all trainees during this difficult time.

Even as this scenario continues on a daily basis, we would like to reassure trainees that we are working hard with ASiT, BAUS, JCIE, SAC and the Royal Colleges to ensure we can find fair and equitable solutions that will enable all trainees to continue their training satisfactorily following this crisis. ** (see footnote)

Surgical Training & Service Delivery

We are aware that there have been changes in the way elective services are delivered that have affected all surgical specialities. We have had to adapt our working practices to accommodate safe care for our patients, as further detailed in a statement co-signed with ASiT in March 2020.

You will also be aware that, in order to safeguard our patients, our colleagues and ourselves, the Royal Colleges postponed all 2020 examinations and courses. This affected the FRCS Urol examinations and, in parallel, the BAUS FRCS Urol Revision Course.

We have engaged with BAUS and the JCIE to ensure those trainees affected are both consulted and represented in planning alternative options. Additionally, we have engaged with the SAC to ensure any trainees approaching CCT are not unfairly disadvantaged. In order to find an adequate solution, we will be seeking opinions on your preferred alternative arrangements for the revision course, before the next sitting of the exam. We have worked closely with the BAUS Educational Lead for speciality trainees, Mr Hari Ratan, to facilitate this.

Click here to view the BSoT COVID-19 Trainee Resource Guide (April 2020) which contains links to statements and updates from professional bodies about training during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID Logbook

Sophie Rintoul-Hoad, a London South trainee and BSoT’s former representative on ASiT, has been instrumental in working with ASiT to develop a COVID logbook. This gives trainees the opportunity to showcase their experience and demonstrate any transferrable skills they may have developed outside their surgical specialty on a voluntary basis.

Further Developments

We will endeavour to keep members updated about developments as the situation evolves. We will also make announcements via Twitter

Please consult your regional BSoT representativecontact us via Twitter
 catch us at one of our webinars if you wish to raise any other issues

** This information was first published in April 2020