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

North West Plastic Surgery

Cheshire and Merseyside

Information on this page relates to the West Sector of HEE North West (Cheshire and Merseyside).

For information on the East Sector (Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria), please click here.

Key Contacts

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Miss Charlotte Defty,
Plastic Surgery Training Programme Director
for Cheshire and Merseyside

Based at Whiston Hospital

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 and 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


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.


Hospitals on the Plastic Surgery East 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 Mersey and West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

GMC Programme Code: NWE1033 (was MER958)

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


Page Last Updated 02 August 2021

Plastic Surgery