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For information about individual specialties within the North West School of Surgery, please select from the list below, or click on the links in the menu on the right hand side (or towards the bottom of the page if viewing this page on a mobile device).



Changes to HEE North West Telephone Numbers
Please note as of 30 January 2019, all phone numbers for our Manchester office have changed. Any phone number that starts 0161 625 XXXX is no longer in use. Please see the staff directory for up to date phone numbers.

New numbers for the School of Surgery Administration Team are as follows:

Name Job Title New Phone Number
Ashley Barrett Programme Support Manager 0161 268 9520
Laura Griffiths Programme Support Co-ordinator 0161 268 9614
Angela McMahon Programme Support Officer 0161 268 9513
Ian Griffiths Programme Support Administrator 0161 268 9575
Abigail Beech-Eccles Programme Support Assistant 0161 268 9705



Welcome to the North West School of Surgery


Our aim is to be an outstanding School of Surgery that delivers personalised educational programmes for all our trainees and supports our trainers to deliver these programmes. 


We have active regional educational programmes in all specialties. We have a trainee forum/committee that meets twice a year and individual specialty training committees with trainee representatives, that meet at least twice a year. We aim to develop the specialty training programmes/posts in keeping with changing curriculum requirements. We work closely with the SACs to ensure fair assessment and career progression. We enjoy good relationships with all the UK colleges. They have been very supportive of educational days for both surgical educator and medical students interested in surgery.


With the two former deaneries merging (Mersey and North Western) some of our training programmes are across both sectors, and others are separate. Please see each specialty page to get further details (links to the individual specialty pages can be accessed through the menu on the right of this page). The Training Programme Directors contact details are on each of the specialty pages. There is a specific area to help surgical educators from all specialties. If you are interested in joining the North West School of Surgery, or would like any further information, do contact us and we will endeavour to help you with your inquiries.


Best Wishes,

Alison Waghorn

Head of the North West School of Surgery


Head of the North West School of Surgery


Ms Alison Waghorn

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust
The Royal Liverpool Hospital
Prescot Street
L7 8XP


Tel: 0151 706 3412


Associate Heads of the North West School of Surgery


Mr Nadeem Khwaja

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Wythenshawe Hospital
Southmoor Road
M23 9LT


Remit: To support regional educational programmes and local teaching programmes in all surgical specialities.


Mr Vijay Bhalaik

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Arrowe Park Road
CH49 5PE



Associate Postgraduate Dean for Surgery


Dr Joanne Rowell

Health Education England, North West Office
Three Piccadilly Place
M1 3BN


Tel: 0161 268 9714


HEE North West School of Surgery Training Programme Management Team


The HEE North West School of Surgery Training Programme Management Team are based at HEE's Manchester Office.

Role Name Email Address Telephone Number
Programme Support Manager for Surgery Ashley Barrett 0161 268 9520
Programme Support Co-ordinator for Surgery Laura Griffiths 0161 268 9614
Programme Support Officer for Surgery
      Providing administrative support for:
      Cardio-thoracic Surgery
      Core Surgical Training
      Paediatric Surgery
      Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery
Angela McMahon 0161 268 9513
Programme Support Administrator for Surgery
      Providing administrative support for:
      General Surgery
      Oral & Maxillo-Facial Surgery
      Otolaryngology (ENT)
      Plastic Surgery
      Vascular Surgery
Ian Griffiths 0161 268 9575
Programme Support Assistant for Surgery Abigail Beech-Eccles 0161 268 9705

General enquiries can also be emailed to the School of Surgery Programme Management Team on the following email address:


HEE North West Lead Employer


From 1 October 2018 St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is the Lead Employer for the whole of the North West region.

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Employment Services Team Leader (Surgery) Rachel Murphy Tel: 0151 290 4209
Employment Services Administrator (Surgery) Jade Dearden Tel: 0151 478 7674
Employment Services Administrator (Surgery) Sam Fairhurst Tel: 0151 430 2385
Employment Services Administrator (Surgery) Laura Hudson Tel: 0151 290 4438
Employment Services Assistant (Surgery) Robert Byrne Tel: 0151 290 4201
Employment Services Assistant (Surgery) Kerry Pridgeon Tel: 0151 478 7672
Email Address Please include your specialty in the subject line
Payroll Tel: 0151 290 4658


Meetings and Events


For more information please contact






North West School of Surgery Board Meeting

*UPDATED* - date updated 11 February 2019

VENUE: HEE's Liverpool Office






Training Programme Directors Away Day

*NEW* - added 6 November 2018







HEE North West and RCSEd Surgical Educators' Day

*NEW* - added 3 December 2018

VENUE: Holiday Inn Haydock

For further information and to book, please visit the RCSEd website






North West School of Surgery Induction for New Starters (CT1 & ST1)

*NEW* - added 5 February 2019

VENUE: Education & Research Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital






North West School of Surgery Induction for New Starters (ST3+)

*NEW* - added 5 February 2019

VENUE: Education & Research Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital





link icon National Specialty Recruitment

link icon Local Recruitment (Academic Clinical Fellows only)

link icon ISCP (Surgery e-portfolio)

link icon ISCP/JCST Youtube Channel

link icon Surgical Scousers (Liverpool University Medical Undergraduates)

link icon Surgical Scalpel (Manchester University Medical Undergraduates)

link icon JCIE (Joint Committee on Intercollegiate Examinations)

link icon JCST (Joint Committee on Surgical Training)

link icon The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

link icon The Royal College of Surgeons of England

link icon The Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow

link icon Inter-Deanery Transfers

link icon NHS North West Leadership Academy, Mentoring Scheme


HEE North West Links


Study Leave | Email:

Out of Programme (OOP) information

Less Than Full Time (LTFT) Training

Policies & Procedures

Revalidation | Form R Part A | Form R Part B | Email:

Leadership courses (Medical Leadership Fellowships, Postgraduate Module in Medical Leadership)

Education courses (PG Certificate in Workplace Based Postgraduate Medical Education Fellowship) | Email:

Careers advice

Intra-LETB Transfer Policy for transferring between sectors within HEE NW (on Policies and Procedures page)


Page Last Updated 7 March 2019