North West School of Surgery - General Surgery, East Sector (North Western)

North West General Surgery
Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria Sector




The East Sector of Health Education England, North West (HEE NW) covers Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria.


General Surgery East Sector Training Programme Director



Mr David van Dellen

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Oxford Road
M13 9WL




Overview of General Surgery in the East Sector



Trainees in ST3 and ST4 will be allocated to one of 2 geographical sectors within the East Sector of HEE NW for Intermediate Training in General Surgery. Attachments in ST3 and ST4 are for 6 months rotating through posts in several subspecialties with Emergency General Surgery. Trainees choose a Subspecialty(Breast, Colorectal, Endocrine, Hepatobilary, Transplant or Upper GI) for Final Surgical Training. Subspecialty posts are spread throughout the Sector.



Educational Opportunities



Trainees in ST3-8 will be expected to attend any local educational programmes which are held within the hospital they are working in.


There is a comprehensive teaching programme which takes place on alternate Friday afternoons at the Education Centre at Chorley General Hospital. Attendance is mandatory and an attendance register is kept and monitored. We pride ourselves as giving one of the best regional teaching programmes in the country.


*NEW* - added 30 April 2019
Below are the dates for the 2019/2020 HST Teaching programme to take place in the Education Centre at Chorley and South Ribble District General Hospital (PR7 1PP):-
  • Thursday 3 October 2019
  • Friday 15 November 2019 *UPDATED* - 12 July 2019
  • Thursday 12 December 2019
  • Wednesday 15 January 2020
  • Friday 28 February 2020
  • Tuesday 10 March 2020
  • Thursday 2 April 2020
  • Wednesday 20 May 2020
  • Friday 19 June 2020
  • Wednesday 8 July 2020
Please visit the teaching website where you will find details of the programme, CBDs etc. Please ensure you register for the website to enable access if you haven’t already done so.



Research and Audit



Trainees are encouraged to develop a research interest and to carry out Audit against NICE Guidelines. This is assessed as part of the ARCP process. All trainees should be actively involved in audit on an ongoing basis and be in a position to demonstrate this at annual appraisal and ARCP interviews. 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.


NWRC committee (North West Research Collaboration Group)

Chair: Nick Heywood 


external link icon NWRC Website




Hospitals on the General Surgery East Sector Rotation



Site Trust
Blackpool Victoria Hospital Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Chorley and South Ribble Hospital Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Furness General Hospital University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust
Manchester Royal Infirmary Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
North Manchester General Hospital Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Royal Albert Edward Infirmary Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Blackburn Hospital East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
Royal Bolton Hospital Bolton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Lancaster Infirmary University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust
The Royal Oldham Hospital Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Royal Preston Hospital Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Salford Royal Hospital Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Stepping Hill Hospital Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
Tameside General Hospital Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
The Christie The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
Wythenshawe Hospital Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

GMC Programme Code: NWD917 and NWD4040 (Run-through)


Page Last Updated 12 July 2019

General Surgery