North West School of Surgery - Plastic Surgery, West Sector (Mersey)

North West Plastic Surgery
Cheshire & Merseyside Sector


Plastic Surgery ARCP



The West Sector of Health Education England, North West (HEE NW) covers Cheshire & Merseyside.


Plastic Surgery West Sector Training Programme Director



Mr Zahid Hassan

St Helen's & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Whiston Hospital
Warrington Road
L35 5DR




Overview of Plastic Surgery in the West Sector



Plastic and reconstructive surgery is the restoration of human form and function. Plastic surgery is not limited by anatomical site and surgeons learn principles and techniques that are transferable to other specialties. Plastic surgeons often work closely with colleagues in orthopaedic surgery, ENT, oral & maxillo-facial surgery, neurosurgery and general surgery; this is to provide multi-disciplinary care to the patient.


Entry on to a plastic surgery training programme is via national selection, led by HEE London and the South East. Higher surgical training spans 6 years from ST3 to ST8. Trainees are encouraged to sit the FRCS (plastic surgery) examination at the end of ST6, allowing the final years of interest to allow development of training in a particular sub-specialty of the trainees choice. Many trainees complete fellowships in a sub-specialty area of interest. A TIG (Training Interface Group) Fellowship presents the opportunity to work in a specialty that spans plastic surgery and other allied specialties (e.g. hand, cleft lip and palate, aesthetic and reconstructive etc.).   

The following sub-specialties are core to plastic surgery and training provided in the west sector:

  • Hands, wrist and brachial plexus
  • Trauma, burns
  • Skin, MOHS
  • Breast
  • Head and neck, oculoplastics
  • Lower limb
  • Craniofacial, cleft lip/palate, facial palsy, ear reconstruction
  • Paediatrics, hypospadias, congenital limb reconstruction
  • Aesthetic surgery 



Hospitals on the Plastic Surgery West Sector Rotation



Site Trust
Alder Hey Children's Hospital Alder Hey Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Countess Of Chester Hospital Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Whiston Hospital St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

GMC Programme Code: MER958                                                                                                              


All of the above sites have satellite locations and offer outreach services.





There is a regional teaching programme involving the whole of the North West, this includes an annual OSCE held in Manchester, and is supplimented by local teaching at each hosptal site.


Page Last Updated 28 May 2019

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