North West School of Surgery - Plastic Surgery

North West Plastic Surgery


Plastic Surgery ARCP


Welcome to Plastic Surgery Training in the North West



Plastic and reconstructive surgery is the branch of surgery that concerned with the restoration to the normal form and function.



Plastic Surgery 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 & South Cumbria (former North Western Deanery)

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

The educational programme is joint and there is increasing integration of the two programmes, where it is seen a benefit for the trainees.



Plastic Surgery Curriculum



The curriculum will involve the acquiring of specialist competencies in the 4-6 years after entry to higher surgical training at ST3.


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

external link icon JCST Certification Guidelines



Educational Opportunities



There is a combined regional teaching programme which covers the curriculum. There is an annual OCSE assessment that almost all of the trainees and trainers attend and this has been shown to be very helpful in aiding trainees with judging where their knowledge and technical skills are based.


The formal training programme runs on a rolling basis through the week. The M62 programme offers a regional training programme four times a year where trainees can learn with trainees from other North West departments.


The British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH) and British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) training courses are run at the Manchester Conference Centre.  They offer two comprehensive specialty training courses from an international faculty (Additional fees apply).


The newly commissioned Surgical Simulation Centre at the Manchester Medical School will provide opportunities for learning new surgical techniques.


Simulation facilities are available at Whiston and UHSM and Preston.


A fixed study leave budget is available for each trainee. Study leave must be applied for through the correct channels in a timely fashion.



TIG Programme



Manchester and Liverpool plastic surgeons are involved in the delivery of cross-specialty training in centrally appointed fellows in Hand Surgery, Breast Surgery, and Head and Neck Surgery.



HEE North West Programme Support for Plastic Surgery



Ian Griffiths, Programme Support Administrator

Ian Griffiths is based at our Manchester office at Three Piccadilly Place.

Tel: 0161 268 9575




National Plastic Surgery ST3 Recruitment



National Recruitment for ST3 Plastic Surgery is managed by HEE London and the South East.


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 ST3 Person specifications

external link icon JCST: Surgical selection in the UK



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 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 20 June 2018

Plastic Surgery