North West School of Surgery - Core Surgical Training





Welcome to Core Surgical Training in the North West


The purpose of Core Surgical Training is to allow the trainee 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. Please select one of the following for further information on each sector:

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


Core Surgical Training Teaching Programme


From August 2018 there will be a single teaching programme for Core Surgical Training. Teaching will take place at different venues across the North West.

  • CT1/ST1 and CT2/ST2 teaching to take place on separate days to allow for cross cover within departments.
  • Teaching will take place for a full day once a month.
  • CT1/ST1 teaching will be the 2nd Wednesday of every month.
  • CT1/ST2 teaching will be the 4th Wednesday of every month.


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


Core Surgical Training Teaching Dates 2019/2020 *NEW* - added 9 May 2019

Month CT1/ST1 Teaching Date (8am to 4pm) CT2/ST2 Teaching Date (8am to 4pm)
August 2018 Wednesday 14 August 2019 (HEE NW Induction) Wednesday 28 August 2019
September 2018 Wednesday 11 September 2019 Wednesday 25 September 2019
October 2018 Wednesday 9 October 2019 Wednesday 23 October 2019
November 2018 Wednesday 13 November 2019 Wednesday 27 November 2019
December 2018 Wednesday 11 December 2019 Wednesday 11 December 2019 (Joint with CT1/ST1s due to Christmas)
January 2019 Wednesday 8 January 2020 Wednesday 22 January 2020
February 2019 Wednesday 12 February 2020 Wednesday 26 February 2020
March 2019 Wednesday 11 March 2020 Wednesday 25 March 2020
April 2019 Wednesday 8 April 2020 Wednesday 22 April 2020
May 2019 Wednesday 13 May 2020 Wednesday 27 May 2020
June 2019 Wednesday 10 June 2020 Wednesday 24 June 2020


Other Mandatory Courses for CT1/ST1 (Full Day Courses)
August Essential Surgical Skills

Monday 12 August 2019
Wednesday 21 August 2019

Anatomy Bootcamp

Wednesday 4 September 2019
Wednesday 29 January 2020
Wednesday 1 April 2020


Other Mandatory Courses for CT2/ST2 (Full Day Courses)
Human Factors Course

Friday 4th October 2019
Tuesday 3rd December 2019
Monday 9th December 2019
(2 extra sessions dates TBC)

Anatomy Bootcamp

Only for CT2/ST2 trainees who have not passed MRCS Exam

Wednesday 4 September 2019
Wednesday 29 January 2020
Wednesday 1 April 2020


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

external link icon JCST Certification Guidelines


HEE North West Programme Support for Core Surgical Training


Angela McMahon, Programme Support Officer

Angela McMahon is based at our Manchester Office at Three Piccadilly Place.

Tel: 0161 268 9513



National Core Surgical Training and IST (Improving Surgical Training) Pilot Recruitment


National Recruitment for Core Surgical Training is managed by HEE London and the South East. Recruitment to the IST pilots and ENT run-through pilots is part of Core Surgical Training Recruitment. Interviews for the August 2019 intake will take place between 14 & 25 January 2019. Recruitment to OMFS run-through training is part of OMFS recruitment, see our OMFS pages for details.

external link icon Click here to go to HEE London and the South East's Recruitment website

external link icon Click here to go to the National HEE Recruitment Website (includes Timelines, Guidance, Competition Ratios etc.)

external link icon CT1 Person specifications

external link icon JCST: Surgical selection in the UK


pdf icon East Sector (North Western) Provisional Indicative Tracks for August 2019 (exluding run-thorugh specialties) *UPDATED* - 23 January 2019 - changes highlighted in yellow

pdf icon East Sector (North Western) Provisional Indicative Tracks for August 2019 (run-through specialties except Neurosurgery) *UPDATED* - 12 February 2019 - change highlighted in pink. Change made on 23 January 2019 highlighted in yellow

pdf icon West Sector (Mersey) Provisional Indicative Tracks for August 2019 (exluding run-thorugh specialties) *NEW* - added 4 January 2019

pdf icon West Sector (Mersey) Provisional Indicative Tracks for August 2019 (run-through specialties except Neurosurgery) *NEW* - added 4 January 2019




external link icon 2018 Core Surgery Applicant Guide

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 & 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

SuppoRRT (Supported Return to Training)

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 9 May 2019