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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.

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 Global Objectives and ARCP Requirements for North West Core Surgical doctors in training

Core Surgical Training in NHS England – 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)


NHS England – North West Programme Support for Core Surgical Training

Programme Support Officer for Surgery

Angela McMahon

Angela is based at our Manchester office at Three Piccadilly Place.
Tel: 0161 268 9513


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 2023/2024 *NEW* - added 24 April 2023

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 2023

Wednesday 9 August 2023
NHS England - North West Educational Induction,
mandatory for CT1/ST1 to attend

Wednesday 23 August 2023
September 2023 Wednesday 13 September 2023 Wednesday 27 September 2023
October 2023 Wednesday 11 October 2023 Wednesday 25 October 2023
November 2023 Wednesday 8 November 2023 Wednesday 22 November 2023
December 2023 Wednesday 20 December 2023
Joint Teaching session for all doctors in training
January 2024 Wednesday 10 January 2024 Wednesday 24 January 2024
February 2024 Wednesday 14 February 2024 Wednesday 28 February 2024
March 2024 Wednesday 13 March 2024 Wednesday 27 March 2024
April 2024 Wednesday 10 April 2024 Wednesday 24 April 2024
May 2024 Wednesday 8 May 2024 Wednesday 22 May 2024
June 2024 Wednesday 12 June 2024 Wednesday 26 June 2024

Other Mandatory Courses
Places to be allocated by the CST Coordinator

Essential Surgical Skills Workshops (CST1/ST1)

Monday 14 August 2023

Tuesday 15 August 2023

Mandatory for CST1/ST1.
Trainees will be allocated to one of the two days. 44 trainees per day
Human Factors Workshops (CST2/ST2) Thursday 7 September 2023
Tuesday 21 November 2023
Thursday 16 January 2024
Thursday 16 February 2024
Mandatory for CST2/ST2
Trainees will be allocated to one of the four days.
Anatomy Bootcamps

Monday 4 September 2023

January 2024 (TBC)

March 2024 (TBC)

Mandatory for CT1/ST1 with places available for CT2/ST2 doctors who have not compeltd MRCS Part B exam.
CST Trauma Course Tuesday 30 April 2024 Optional sign up course. Priority for CT2/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 Post-August 2021 curriculum ("new" curriculum)


National Core Surgical Training Recruitment

For Recruitment Information, please visit the North West of England Core Surgical Training 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


NHS England – 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 | Email:

Policies and 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 NHS England – North West (on Policies and Procedures page)


Page Last Updated 1 November 2023

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