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






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


Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery West Sector Training Programme Director


Mr Cronan Kerin

Aintree University Hospital
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Lower Lane
L9 4AL



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.


Hospitals on the Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery West Sector Rotation


Site Trust
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 & Formby District General Hospital Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
The Royal Liverpool University Hospital Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Warrington Hospital Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Whiston Hospital St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Wrightington Hospital Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

GMC Programme Code: MER960 & MER4216 (run-through)




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

external link icon Health Careers - Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery - Working Life

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)


Page Last Updated 2 January 2019