Welcome to Vascular Surgery Training
in the North West
The evolution of Vascular Surgery as a separate specialty has brought a new curriculum and both fresh opportunities and challenges for training. Our aim is to produce the best possible Vascular Specialists with the resources available. We will deliver the education and training to prepare trainees for the final FRCS in Vascular Surgery and on to Consultant level practice. Please remember that this is your training, you will get out of it what you put in. Do keep an eye on the future so that you can tailor your experience, both in terms of making the most of the opportunities available to you and the Consultant post you expect to be appointed to.
The initial placements will include two six-month attachments in General Surgery during the ST3 & ST4 years. The subsequent years from ST5 to ST8 will be spent in dedicated Vascular Surgery attachments. There are defined competencies that need to be achieved before the end of training (www.jcst.org/quality-assurance/certification-guidelines) but it is clear that at each stage there should be a focus on specific areas of the curriculum. Your relationship with the Assigned Educational Supervisor (AES) will be vital to ensure that the appropriate opportunities are identified and competencies achieved within each attachment. It is worth making sure you are familiar with what is expected of you, there is a high standard to attain with less time available than you may think.
Vascular Surgery Training Programme Director
HEE North West Programme Support for Vascular Surgery
Ian Griffiths, Programme Support Administrator
Ian Griffiths is based at our Manchester office at Three Piccadilly Place.
Tel: 0161 268 9575
Training Committee Chair
Mr David Murray
Appointed Consultant to Manchester Royal Infirmary in 2009, David trained in open and endovascular surgery in Manchester and Australia. David has an interest in complex aortic aneurysm disease.
Prof Rao Vallabhaneni
Mr Andrew Tambyraja
Vascular Surgery Curriculum
Training Rotation - PROVISIONAL
Trainees will rotate through 5/6 Vascular Units on the HENW Vascular Surgery Training Programme, which currently has capacity for 18 trainees. The General Surgery posts will offer exposure to Gastrointestinal pathology as well as Emergency Surgery and where possible make use of established links with the Vascular Units. All of the Vascular Units operate ‘hub and spoke’ links with other trusts and trainees will be exposed to clinical sessions at peripheral centres. All aspects of the curriculum are delivered by the programmes.
West Sector (Mersey) - Cheshire & Merseyside
|Vascular Unit||Trust||AES Lead|
|South Mersey Arterial Centre, Chester||Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust||Mr A Balakrishnan|
|Liverpool Vascular & Endovascular Service||Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust||Mr R Fisher|
GMC Programme Code: MER2411 & MER4105 (run-through).
East Sector (North Western) - Greater Manchester & Lancashire
|Vascular Unit||Trust||AES Lead|
|Central & South Manchester University Hospitals||Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust||Mr J Ghosh|
|Pennine Vascular Centre, Oldham||Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust||Mr G Antoniou|
|Preston||Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust||Ms S Drinkwater|
|Blackburn||East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust||Mr S Hardy|
GMC Programme Code: NWD2423 & NWD4108 (run-through).
There are research opportunities in all centres; most trainees undertake a higher degree (if they wish). There is a proven track record of both MD and PhD awards in Manchester and Liverpool. A formal period out of programme leading to a higher degree will be actively supported. No more than 3 trainees (out of 18) will be permitted to be OOPR at any one time. All planned time OOPR needs to be approved prospectively by the SAC, six months in advance.
It is your own responsibility to collate the evidence that you have made educational progress through your attachment and keep your ISCP portfolio up to date. You should organise scheduled meetings with your AES; at the start, mid point and near the end of the attachment. It is best practice to actually book the dates in both your diaries, we are all very busy with commitments to on call rotas and multiple hospitals. Please be aware that the your ARCP panel will be in July, so your final AES meeting will need to be at the end of June, with all ISCP evidence signed off before the ARCP date.
Leadership and Management
There are multiple opportunities to develop leadership and management skills, within the deanery as well as nationally.
National Vascular Surgery ST3 Recruitment
National Recruitment for ST3 Vascular Surgery is managed by HEE London and the South East.
JCST: Surgical selection in the UK
HEE North West Links
SuppoRRT (Supported Return to Training)
Page Last Updated 20 June 2018