North West School of Surgery - Training Programme Directors

North West School of Surgery

Training Programme Directors


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Below is a list of the Surgical Training Programme Directors (TPDs) in the North West. In some specialties there is one TPD per sector, in others one TPD oversees both sectors. 

Specialty Training Programme Director
Cardio-thoracic Surgery Steve Woolley
Core Surgical Training Chris Grocock (Greater Manchester, Lancashire & South Cumbria)
Mehdi Motamed (Greater Manchester, Lancashire & South Cumbria)
Sunil Sharma (Cheshire & Merseyside)
Ambareen Kausar (Education/Training)
General Surgery David van Dellen (Greater Manchester, Lancashire & South Cumbria)
Caroline Bruce (Cheshire & Merseyside)
Neurosurgery Ankur Saxena (Greater Manchester, Lancashire & South Cumbria)
Ajay Sinha (Cheshire & Merseyside)
Oral and Maxillo-facial Surgery Anne Begley
Otolaryngology (ENT) Samit Ghosh
Paediatric Surgery Sarah Wood *Updated 2 August 2021*
Plastic Surgery Srinivasan Iyer (Greater Manchester, Lancashire & South Cumbria)
Charlotte Defty (Cheshire & Merseyside) *Updated 2 August 2021*
Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery Jay Mehta (Greater Manchester, Lancashire & South Cumbria)
Cronan Kerin (Cheshire & Merseyside)
Urology Euan Green (Greater Manchester, Lancashire & South Cumbria)
Rono Mukherjee (Cheshire & Merseyside)
Vascular Surgery Jon Ghosh

Meetings and Events for TPDs

HEE North West CPD/Induction Day for Training Programme Directors

21 September 2021
23 November 2021

Venue: Online Virtual Meeting

For further details please contact Dawn Williams ( / 0151 479 2554)

Information and Resources for TPDs

Administrative Support for Training Committees

pdf icon Administrative Support Guidance for Training Committee Meetings

Appraisals for TPDs

pdf icon Educational Appraisal for Senior Educators

Clinical Supervision of Doctors in Training at Out-Patient Clinics

pdf icon COPMeD: Doctors in training and clinical supervision at out-patient clinics

Cultural Awareness

There are three 'Clutural Awareness for Surgeons' modules available on the JCST/ISCP Youtube channel:

external link icon Module 1: Language - Guidance on how to speak appropriately to people from different cultures, showing typical characteristics of language, both verbal and non-verbal.

external link icon Module 2: Politeness - Guidance on understanding the two universal components of politeness, giving instruction on how cultures convey politeness differently.

external link icon Module 3: Power and Status - Guidance on how cultures react differently to power and status and tips on how to address those differences in positive ways in surgical practice.

Trainees Requiring Extra Support (TRES)/Doctors and Dentists Review Group (DDRG)

Please see the Trainees Requiring Extra Support (TRES) section.

Early Certification

4.11   There will be occasions when a trainee progresses more rapidly than the expected rate of progress and in such cases, the award of an Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) Outcome 6 can be brought forward. However, this can only occur if:

  1. the trainee has gained all the relevant competences/capabilities required within the curriculum
  2. the trainee has completed all the necessary examinations and assessments
  3. the trainee has spent the minimum time in training as required by the EU directive on the recognition of professional qualifications

4.12   The early achievement of CCT needs to be planned via the ARCP process and would not normally be advanced by more than one year.


The Gold Guide 8th Edition - Section 4: Progressing as a Specialty Trainee

pdf icon JCST's  Early Certification Principles

pdf icon JCST's Requesting change to provisional certification date flowchart

Enhancing Junior Doctors’ Working Lives

pdf icon Enhancing Junior Doctors’ Working Lives - a progress report 2018

pdf icon HEE and EJDWL 2018 presentation by Dr Alistair Thomson


If you are claiming expenses relating to attendance at National Selection, you should claim directly from HEE using the expense claim form on our policies and procedures page (under heading “Expenses Claim Form”). 


Any other TPD related expenses should be claimed from you own trust, who will then re-charge HEE.

Gold Guide

external link icon The Gold Guide (8th Edition)

Managing Less Than Full Time Trainees

pdf icon Managing Less Than Full Time (LTFT) Trainees

pdf icon Email from Jon Hossain RE: Educational Supervisors Less Than Full Time Training Package

SMART Objectives

MS Word icon SMART Objectives Template

Study Leave Top Slicing

pdf icon Study Leave Top Slicing - A Quick Guide

pdf icon Study Leave Top Slicing - Example Invoice

Support for Doctors with Mental Health or Addiction Concerns

NHS Practitioner Health is a free and confidential NHS service for doctors and dentists with issues relating to a mental health concern or addiction problem, especially where these may affect their work.

The service is open to any medical or dental practitioners in England, who are GMC or GDC registered, or those looking to return to clinical practice.

pdf icon NHS Practitioner Health Leaflet

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday 8am-2pm

Telephone: 0300 030 3300



Time Out of Training (TOOT)

pdf icon Time Out of Training - GMC position statement - November 2012 

Trainees Requiring Extra Support (TRES)

HEE North West, Trainee Support Network, Directory of Services - See under heading "Trainees Requiring Extra Support"

pdf icon Maintaining High Professional Standards (MHPS) in the modern NHS 

Trainee Support Network

Information on specialist support services for trainee doctors who are experiencing difficulties which may affect their ability to train.

HEE North West Training Support Network

What Constitutes Exceptional Circumstances?

pdf icon HEE North West ARCP Protocol - Appendix 2: What Constitutes Exceptional Circumstances?

More Resources

Please see the Resources for Educational Supervisors section.

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 and Procedures

Revalidation | Form R | 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 01 November 2021