North West School of Surgery - Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, West Sector (Mersey)

North West Trauma and Orthopaedic 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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Mrs Jo Banks,
Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery Training Programme Director
for Cheshire and Merseyside
*Updated 1 February 2023*

Based at Aintree University Hospital

Training Rotation

The West Sector rotation covers Liverpool and neighbouring areas of Cheshire. It incorporates both university and regional hospitals in addition to a major trauma centre. All hospitals are conveniently located and easily accessed from a single base. There is a wealth of high calibre educators who provide excellent clinical training which builds on the rich orthopaedic heritage within the region.

Educational Opportunities

Trainees rotate through 6 monthly placements that cover hand/wrist, shoulder/elbow, foot/ankle, lower limb arthroplasty, spine and paediatric orthopaedics. This provides a foundation and enables trainees to attain the necessary core skills in trauma and orthopaedic surgery. In the latter years training is focused on developing speciality skills in anticipation of independent practice.

Research and Audit

Trainees are required to participate in research, audit and service evaluation regularly during the program. There are a number of enthusiastic consultants that ably support trainees with research projects, the best being showcased annually at the registrars day conference.

Leadership and Management

Trainees are encouraged to become involved in leadership and management roles throughout their training. There is also a formal course in clinical leadership and management that trainees then undertake during their final year.

Teaching and Education

There is a weekly teaching program that runs within the region on a Friday afternoon. The teaching sessions are themed into speciality blocks and are delivered by consultants with expertise in the relevant areas. The program incorporates a mixture of lecture based teaching and clinical examination practice with the ultimate aim of ensuring success at the FRCS trauma and orthopaedic examination.


external link icon Health Careers - Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery - Specialty Registrar “Real-life Story”

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external link icon “How competitive is entry into Orthopaedic Training?”

Competition Ratios: external link icon 2017 external link icon 2016

external link icon The British Orthopaedic Association

external link icon Mersey Orthopedic Trainees Association (West Sector Trainee Website)

Hospitals on the Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery East Sector Rotation

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Aintree University Hospital Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Alder Hey Children's Hospital Alder Hey Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Arrowe Park Hospital Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Countess Of Chester Hospital Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Leighton Hospital Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Macclesfield District General Hospital East Cheshire NHS Trust
Southport and Formby District General Hospital Mersey and West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
The Royal Liverpool University Hospital Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Warrington Hospital Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Whiston Hospital Mersey and West Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Wrightington Hospital Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

GMC Programme Code: NWE1126 (was MER960) and NWE1162 (run-through - was MER4216)


Page Last Updated 1 February 2023

Trauma and Orthopaedics