Introduction / overview of programme

This comprehensive higher surgical training programme in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery will enable the trainee to achieve acquired competencies in line with the curriculum. Training will be based in hospitals throughout the North Western Deanery.

The curriculum will involve acquiring specialist competencies and full details of the curriculum can be viewed on the ISCP website

General Description of Rotation

There are 14 training posts in the North Western Deanery.  There are two rotations, one rotation between University Hospital of South Manchester based in Wythenshawe, and Central Manchester Foundation Trust based in Manchester Royal Infirmary. The other rotation involves Pennine Acute Trust based at North Manchester General Hospital, East Lancs NHS Trust based at Blackburn, and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals based at Royal Preston Hospital.  Each hospital operates a hub and spoke arrangement where these base hospitals will cover surrounding hospitals on an out-patient and day case basis whilst accepting their trauma and in-patient activity. 

Training in sub specialties includes general Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Facial Plastics, Facial Trauma, Facial Deformity, Head & Neck Surgery and Reconstruction, Dento-Alveolar Surgery  and Dental Implantology. During the course of the rotation experience and training opportunities will be available in Cleft Lip & Palate, and elective Syndromic Craniofacial Surgery.

Trainees will participate in the ARCP (interim review and final appraisal processes) organised by the School of Surgery at the Deanery.

Trainees will be expected to liaise with the assigned educational supervisor at the beginning of each placement and complete learning agreements and necessary documentation through training opportunities.  There is a training programme organised within the North Western Deanery, trainees are expected to attend 70% of all teaching sessions and a register must be signed on the day. 

Study leave is available through the North Western Deanery study leave process and trainees are encouraged to attend appropriate courses and educational meetings up to a study leave value.  All courses must be approved by the Training Programme Director. 

Research /Audit / Teaching

Involvement in research and audit is encouraged.  All trainees should be actively involved in audit on an ongoing process and be in a position to demonstrate this through annual appraisal and ARCP.  Teaching of less experienced medical colleagues, medical students, nurses, and other paramedical staff is an integral part of the post and all trainees are expected to be involved in this. 

Further links

British Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery


Intercollegiate Examination Board

Intercollegiate Specialty Surgical Project

Further information can be gained through the Training Programme Director, Mr Stuart Clark


Last reviewed: 18th December 2012

Last updated: 5th July 2013