North West School of Surgery - Oral & Maxillo-Facial Surgery, East Sector (North Western)






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


OMFS Training Programme Director


Miss Anne Begley

Aintree University Hospital
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
University Hospital Aintree
Lower Lane
L9 7AL



Introduction/Overview of Programme


This comprehensive higher surgical training programme in Oral & Maxillo-Facial Surgery will enable the trainee to achieve acquired competencies in line with the curriculum. Training will be based in hospitals throughout the East Sector of HEE North West (Greater Manchester, Lancashire & South Cumbria). There are two rotations in the East Sector:

  • North Rotation - North Manchester General Hospital, Royal Blackburn Hospital & Royal Preston Hospital
  • South Rotation - Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester Children’s Hospital & Wythenshawe Hospital


The curriculum will involve acquiring specialist competencies and full details of the curriculum can be viewed on the ISCP website.


North Rotation


The North training rotation provides excellent training opportunities for seven ST3 and above trainees. It covers the OMFS needs of a population of approximately 3 million, making it one of the biggest rotations in the UK.


A total of 17 consultants offer training in all aspects of the OMFS curriculum. Cleft and paediatric craniofacial training is provided within the Region at Manchester Children’s Hospital and Alder Hey Hospital.


Trainees rotate between three main units, usually spending 18 months in the biggest unit at North Manchester General Hospital (Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust) and 12-18 months in East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust based mainly in The Royal Blackburn Hospital and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust based in The Royal Preston Hospital.


Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

North Manchester General Hospital (NMGH) is the hub hospital for three OMFS trainees. The trainer team comprises eight OMFS consultants, and the population covered exceeds 1.2 million.  Two of the trainees rotate in Head & Neck oncology, in one of the busiest Head & Neck units in the country. Five consultants provide exceptional training in all aspects of Head & Neck oncological surgery (ablation and reconstruction). Over 100 major Head & Neck cases are treated in the unit per annum. The unit offers a TIG Head & Neck Fellowship. If the slot is unfilled, then there is an opportunity for a senior OMFS trainee from any of the HEE NW rotations to gain additional exposure in Head & Neck surgery. The OMFS team works very closely with a busy ENT department (in which the ST1 ‘run through’ trainee spends six months of their core surgery year). The department is very active in clinical research, and trainees are encouraged and supervised in research projects. Trainers are involved in the University of Liverpool Masters Degree Program assessment process.


The trainees rotating in this unit will achieve the SAC indicative numbers in oncology/skin/reconstruction easily, the unit is one of the few in the country that trainees can easily achieve salivary gland surgery indicative numbers with ease, with an OMFS-led neck lump clinic.


One trainee rotates in trauma/deformity. Three consultants offer training and guidance in all aspects of trauma and orthognathic and facial deformity surgery, the newly developed TMJ surgery service is exponentially increasing. There are also abundant training opportunities for dentoalveolar surgery and skin, ideal for trainees in the early stages of training. 


East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Royal Blackburn Hospital is the hub hospital for two OMFS trainees. Six consultants deliver training. The unit has one of the busiest OMFS cutaneous malignancy service in the country. There is also a large number of OMFS trauma cases. Trainees gain significant experience in deformity and orthognathic surgery. Robotic surgery service (TORS) is in development.


Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Preston Royal Hospital is the hub hospital for two OMFS trainees. Three consultant trainers offer exposure in H&N oncology, trauma, deformity and dentoalveolar surgery. The unit is a trauma centre, providing training opportunities for complex panfacial trauma, in close association with neurosurgery.


South Rotation


Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust 

This is now one combined trust on 2 main sites:


Manchester Royal Infirmary & Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

Three trainees based here with out-reach services to Salford, Trafford and Wigan. This is a busy Head & Neck oncology unit, a busy trauma service and a large volume of orthognathic surgery. There is a Cleft Lip and Palate Unit based at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.


Wythenshawe Hospital 

Two trainees based here. Four consultants provide a comprehensive OMFS service for the south of the city region, including H&N oncology surgery, trauma, orthognathic and dento-alveolar surgery. Out-reach clinics and Day Surgery are based at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport.


Trainees spend 12- 18 months in each unit where the full remit of OMFS is delivered with the exception of paediatric craniofacial surgery. Trainees have the opportunity to visit Alder Hey Hospital to gain experience in this area.


Teaching Programme


North West is unique in offering a 4 year OMFS Masters Degree programme through The University of Liverpool which all HEE NW trainees (inc ST1/2) are invited to join. This programme is based at the Regional Maxillofacial Unit in Liverpool and led by Prof Richard Shaw and covers all aspects of the OMFS curriculum.


There is also a regular study day programme delivered within the Eastern Sector for trainees based in the Manchester area.




external link icon British Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

external link icon The Joint Committee on Intercollegiate Examinations


Hospitals on the OMFS East Sector Rotation


Site Trust Rotation
Manchester Royal Infirmary Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust South
North Manchester General Hospital Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust North
Royal Blackburn Hospital East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust North
Royal Preston Hospital Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust North
Wythenshawe Hospital Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust South

GMC Programme Code: NWD880 & NWD2502 (run-thorough)


Page Last Updated 29 November 2017