North West School of Surgery - Core Surgical Training

North West Core Surgical Training

The purpose of Core Surgical Training is to allow the postgraduate doctor in training to develop the basic and fundamental surgical skills common to all surgical specialties, together with a few specialty-specific surgical skills.

Core Surgical Training in HEE North West is divided between two sectors and each have their own Training Programme Director. Please select one of the following for further information on each sector:

East Sector (North Western) – Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria (former North Western Deanery)

West Sector (Mersey) – Cheshire and Merseyside (former Mersey Deanery)

HEE North West Programme Support for Core Surgical Training

Programme Support Officer for Surgery

Zarmina Ali *UPDATED 29 November 2021*

Zarmina is based at our Manchester office at Three Piccadilly Place.
Tel: 0161 268 9743

Core Surgical Training Teaching Programme

Attendance at teaching is mandatory and doctors in training are required to attend a minimum of 70% (8 full teaching sessions).


Core Surgical Training Teaching Dates 2022/2023 *NEW* added 27 May 2022

All teaching sessions will be 8.30am – 4.30pm unless otherwise stated. Teaching will be a hybrid programme with mixture of virtual and face to face sessions.

Month CT1/ST1 Teaching Date CT2/ST2 Teaching Date
August 2022

Wednesday 10 August 2022
HEE NW Educational Induction, mandatory for
CT1/ST1 to attend

Wednesday 24 August 2022
September 2022 Wednesday 14 September 2022 Wednesday 28 September 2022
October 2022 Wednesday 12 October 2022 Wednesday 26 October 2022
November 2022 Wednesday 9 November 2022 Wednesday 23 November 2022
December 2022 Wednesday 21 December 2022
Joint Teaching session for all doctors in training
January 2023 Wednesday 11 January 2023 Wednesday 25 January 2023
February 2023 Wednesday 8 February 2023 Wednesday 22 February 2023
March 2023 Wednesday 8 March 2023 Wednesday 22 March 2023
April 2023 Wednesday 12 April 2023 Wednesday 26 April 2023
May 2023 Wednesday 10 May 2023 Wednesday 24 May 2023
June 2023 Wednesday 14 June 2023 Wednesday 28 June 2023

Other Mandatory Courses
Places to be allocated by the CST Coordinator

Essential Surgical Skills Workshops (CST1/ST1)

Monday 15 August 2022

Tuesday 16 Augist 2022

Mandatory for CST1/ST1.
Trainees will be allocated to one of the two days. 44 trainees per day
Human Factors Workshops (CST2/ST2) Thursday 20 October 2022
Tuesday 8 November 2022
Thursday 19 January 2023
Tuesday 31 January 2023
Thursday 16 February 2023
Mandatory for CST2/ST2
Trainees will be allocated to one of the five days. 20 trainees per day
Anatomy Bootcamps Dates TBC Priority will be given to trainees who have not passed MRCS exam
CST Trauma Course Tuesday 18 April 2023 Optional sign up course. Priority for CST2/ST2 who have not completed ATLS


For further information, please visit the North West Core Surgical Training Website or email

Core Surgical Training Curriculum

external link icon For the most up to date syllabus and curriculum, please visit the ISCP website

Certification Guidelines:

external link icon Pre-August 2021 curriculum ("old" curriculum)

external link icon Post-August 2021 curriculum ("new" curriculum)

National Core Surgical Training Recruitment

For August 2022 Recruitment Information, please visit the North West of England Core Surgical Training August 2022 Recruitment Information page:


external link icon British Orthopaedic Association

external link icon Royal College of Surgeons of England

external link icon ENT UK

external link icon The British Association of Urological Surgeons

external link icon European Association of Urology

external link icon British Association of Paediatric Surgeons

external link icon Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland

external link icon British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons

external link icon The Vascular Society for Great Britain and Ireland

HEE North West Links

Training Support Network

SuppoRTT (Supported Return to Training)

Study Leave | Email:

Out of Programme (OOP) information

Less Than Full Time (LTFT) Training

Policies & Procedures

Revalidation | Form R | 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 27 May 2022

Core Surgical Training