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JCIE News Update 30 October 2020

The JCIE has provided guidance to Section 2 attendees in Nov/Dec 2020 relating to personal welfare in light of the current status of the coronavirus pandemic.

JCIE News Update – 22 October 2020

The JCIE has provided Ireland based candidates with the following statements which can be used to confirm the necessity to travel in November/December 2020 for the Intercollegiate Specialty Examinations.

JCIE News Update – 21 October 2020

Candidates for the forthcoming Intercollegiate Specialty Board Examinations may find the link below helpful. There is a presentation from the JCIE Chair that covers the plans for the November and December 2020 examinations followed by a question and answer session with the JCIE Chair and the JCIE Head of Operations.

https://www.rcsed.ac.uk/professional-support-development-resources/learning-resources/webinars/covid-19/frcs-and-mrcs-examinations-any-questions-answered

JCIE News Update – 19 October 2020

The JCIE has provided candidates with the following statements which can be used to confirm the necessity to travel in November/December 2020 for the Intercollegiate Specialty Examinations.

JCIE News Update - 6 October 2020

An update on Examination Delivery has been sent to all candidates.

JCIE News Update - 6 October 2020

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) has issued an important statement supporting the maintenance of travel for examination purposes. Please find the statement here.

JCIE News Update - 22 September 2020

Remote Section 2 Examinations - November/December 2020

This communication serves to clarify candidate eligibility to apply for remote Section 2 Examination delivery in November/December 2020.

  1. Candidates living in and working in the UK or Ireland who are subject to government enforced travel/quarantine restrictions that are in place 21 days prior to the first day of their examination.
  2. Women who will be in the third trimester of pregnancy (28 weeks +) at the time of their examination.
  3. Candidates who on medical advice are working from home and avoiding patient and social contact.

As previously intimated, any candidate who falls into categories 2 and 3 above should contact the relevant JCIE Specialty Manager as soon as possible with appropriate supportive evidence. The situation with respect to travel restrictions will be reviewed at the relevant time interval prior to each examination.

The JCIE regrets that it cannot offer a remote examination to candidates living and working outside of the UK or Ireland. There are several reasons for this including question security, appropriate invigilation and time differences. International candidates are welcome to attend for face-to-face examination but in arranging travel and accommodation must adhere to all quarantine requirements and other guidance that are in place.

JCIE News Update - 14 September 2020

Potential Impact of Lockdowns/Travel Restrictions on Intercollegiate Specialty Examinations - November/December 2020

Staging Section 2 Intercollegiate Specialty Examinations is a complex and coordinated process that requires detailed advance planning. The JCIE is monitoring all Government guidelines and will continue to liaise with the Scottish Government and Public Health. There comes a point, however, after which it will not be possible to alter any examination arrangements that are in place. As detailed in the JCIE Chair's update that was circulated on 8 September 2020, the JCIE has determined that face-to-face will be the default method of examination delivery for the November/December Section 2 sittings but will arrange a remote examination for candidates who are subject to travel restrictions that are in force 21 days prior to the start date of any of the examinations (e.g. as currently exist between the UK and Ireland). Thereafter, however, the JCIE will not be able to accommodate any changes to examination schedules. With respect to remote delivery, the reasons for this are as follows:

  • At less than 21 days it will not be possible to arrange additional rooms at the main examination venue to accommodate remote examinations other than those already scheduled.
  • Similarly, at less than 21 days it is unlikely that a suitable candidate remote venue and appropriate invigilation could be arranged.
  • Examination schedules are finalised by this timeframe and it will not be possible to alter them to accommodate examiner/candidate movements to permit additional remote delivery.

The JCIE apologises for this but as everyone will appreciate we remain in unpredictable times and the JCIE cannot account for matters outside of its control. Any candidate who is adversely affected by a local lockdown that is implemented less than 21 days prior to his/her examination date will need to withdraw and will be transferred to the next examination diet. A withdrawal due to lockdown/travel restrictions falls under the category of exceptional circumstances within the Fees and Penalties document. As previously intimated, should a national lockdown be imposed, the plans outlined in the 8 September communication will become void. Candidates will be advised of any enforced changes at the earliest opportunity.

JCIE News Update - 9 September 2020

The JCIE has noted the UK Government's new restrictions on social gatherings in England which will come in to force on Monday 14 September 2020. Candidates should be aware that these have no direct impact on the JCIE's plans for the staging of Intercollegiate Specialty Examinations as intimated to candidates on Tuesday 8 September. The JCIE would, however, encourage all candidates to respect Government advice and to take all guidance into account when making travel and accommodation arrangements to attend an examination.

JCIE News Update - 8 September 2020

An update on Safety Measures, Examination Delivery and Potential Impact of Travel Restrictions has been sent to all candidates.

JCIE News Update - 2 September 2020

Coronavirus in Scotland

The JCIE is cognisant of the restrictions on home visitations that have been re-introduced in Glasgow and some surrounding areas. This measure has stemmed from evidence that the localised increase in positive cases has been driven by unregulated household contacts and not by the business or hospitality sectors. The JCIE Chair and the JCIE Head of Operations are in regular dialogue with the Scottish Government and Public Health authorities to ensure the safety of all attendees at Section 2 of the Intercollegiate Specialty Examinations that are scheduled to take place in Glasgow and Edinburgh between 1 November and 9 December 2020. The JCIE wishes to reassure everyone that the measures introduced by the Scottish Government on Tuesday 1 September are not at this point in time impacting on the plans to stage the examinations later this year. Candidates should therefore continue to prepare for the examinations as they would normally. The JCIE will, however, remain vigilant and maintain its liaison with the Scottish Government over the coming weeks and months. Further updates will be provided as required.

JCIE News Update - 6 August 2020

Please note that the JCIE will resume collection of Intercollegiate Specialty Examination fees at the time of application from Thursday 6 August 2020. Those who made an application during the period of examination postponement will shortly receive an email with a request to pay the examination fee.

Thank you.

JCIE News Update - 27 July 2020

Section 2 Intercollegiate Specialty Board Examinations 2020

The Examination calender has been updated to reflect the re-arranged Section 2 ISB Examinations for the remainder of 2020. All candidates who were entered in a Section 2 ISB Examination scheduled to take place between Monday 16 March and Friday 30 October 2020 should now have received an email from the JCIE Secretariat confirming their revised examination date and venue. Candidates who had entered Section 2 Examinations originally scheduled for November should have received a similar communication as venues have changed. This statement has been distributed to both groups of candidates. Any candidate who has not received the said communication and who falls into either of these categories should contact the relevant JCIE Specialty Manager as soon as possible.

Please note that there have have no changes to the published Section 1 timetable. The JCIE anticipates all Section 1 examinations to run as planned. The Secretariat will be in contact after the closing date relevant to each Specialty with confirmation of arrangements.

You may wish to keep up to date on activities during the period by visiting the information held on the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh website, News.

Thank you.

JCIE News Update - 13 May 2020

IMPORTANT: Update on postponement of examinations

The JCIE Chair and Presidents of the four surgical Royal Colleges of Great Britain and Ireland have issued a statement to provide an update on examination activity in response to the ongoing challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the statement. You may wish to keep up to date on activities during the period by visiting the information held on the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh website, News You can still make an application to sit an examination but during this period of postponement we will not take payment of the examination fee. When the end of the period is reached we will contact you to request payment. We will keep you updated with information when we are able to do so. Thank you.

JCIE News Update – 16 March 2020

IMPORTANT: Postponement of examinations

The Presidents of the four surgical Royal Colleges of Great Britain and Ireland have issued a Joint Policy Statement in response to the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. The policy comes in to force with effect from Monday 16 March 2020. Please see the Policy Statement. You may wish to keep up to date on activities during the period by visiting the information held on the Royal College of Surgeons website, Coronavirus/COVID-19: Update.

All Section 1 and Section 2 examinations due to be held from today until the end of summer have been postponed. You can still make an application to sit an examination but during this period of postponement we will not take payment of the examination fee. When the end of the period is reached we will contact you to request payment.

We will keep you updated with information when we are able to do so.
Thank you.

JCIE News Update – January 2020

Format of Section 1 examination

The GMC has approved an alteration to the format of the Section 1 examination.

The following format is applicable to all Section 1 examinations from January 2021:

Paper 1 - 120 Single Best [SBA] (2 hours 15 mins)

Paper 2 - 120 Single Best [SBA] (2 hours 15 mins)

JCIE News Update – March 2019

JCIE Fee Increase

The JCIE has been instructed by the Joint Surgical Colleges to increase the examination fee for all examinations taken from 1 June 2019. The fee increase is £55 overall (£16 applicable to Section 1 and £39 applicable to Section 2). Candidates will be sent a fee update request where applicable.

JCIE News Update – May 2017

  1. Candidate Verification at Section 2 Examinations

From 1 September 2017 candidates will be required to present current valid ID as submitted at the time of application as follows:

a. Current valid passport

or

b. Current valid UK/Eire photo-card driving licence

NO OTHER FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION WILL BE ACCEPTABLE

  1. Examination Attempts

The four Surgical Royal Colleges wish to clarify that the number of attempts permissible in the examination is four, across both the JCIE and the Joint Surgical Colleges Fellowship Examinations (JSCFE) examinations, as follows:

    • Section 1 – four attempts with no re-entry
    • Section 2 – four attempts with no re-entry

A formal verification process will be applied to both examination application systems from 1 January 2018 onwards.