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North West School of Surgery


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Welcome to the North West School of Surgery


HEE North West MapOur aim is to be an outstanding School of Surgery that delivers personalised educational programmes for all our trainees and supports our trainers to deliver these programmes.


We have active regional educational programmes in all specialties. We have a trainee forum/committee that meets twice a year and individual specialty training committees with trainee representatives, that meet at least twice a year. We aim to develop the specialty training programmes/posts in keeping with changing curriculum requirements. We work closely with the SACs to ensure fair assessment and career progression. We enjoy good relationships with all the UK colleges. They have been very supportive of educational days for both surgical educator and medical students interested in surgery.


With the two former deaneries merging (Mersey and North Western) some of our training programmes are across both sectors, and others are separate. Please see each specialty page to get further details (links to the individual specialty pages can be accessed through the menu on the right of this page). The Training Programme Directors contact details are on each of the specialty pages. There is a specific area to help surgical educators from all specialties. If you are interested in joining the North West School of Surgery, or would like any further information, do contact us and we will endeavour to help you with your inquiries.


Best Wishes,
Alison Waghorn
Head of the North West School of Surgery


Introduction of New Surgical Curriculums Postponed until August 2021

New Surgical Curriculums were due to implemented in all surgical specialties from August 2020. The JCST have now confirmed that implementation of the new surgical curricula is postponed until 4 August 2021.

Please click here to see the JCST's statement

The new curriculums have now been published and can be viewed on the ISCP wesbite.

Key Contacts


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Ms Alison Waghorn,
Head of School of Surgery

Based at The Royal Liverpool Hospital
Tel: 0151 706 3412

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Dr Joanne Rowell,
Associate Dean for Surgery

Based at HEE's North West Office, Three Piccadilly Place
Tel: 0161 268 9714

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Mr Nadeem Khwaja,
Associate Head of School of Surgery

Based at Wythenshawe Hospital
Remit: To support regional educational programmes and local teaching programmes in all surgical specialties.

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Mr Vijay Bhalaik,
Associate Head of School of Surgery

Based at Arrowe Park Hospital

School of Surgery Training Programme Management Team


The HEE North West School of Surgery Training Programme Management Team are based at HEE's Manchester Office.


Programme Support Manager for Surgery

Ashley Barrett

Tel: 0161 268 9520

Programme Support Co-ordinator for Surgery

Laura Griffiths

Tel: 0161 268 9614

Programme Support Officer for Surgery

Programme Support Administrator for Surgery

Programme Support Assistant for Surgery

Abilgail Beech-Eccles

Tel: 0161 268 9705

General enquiries can also be emailed to the School of Surgery Programme Management Team on the following email address:

Lead Employer Contacts

All trianees in the North West are employed by a single 'Lead Employer', St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. For any HR or payroll enquireies please contact the lead Employer team.


Lead Employer Team

Tel: 0151 478 7777 *UPDATED 5 November 2020*

Lead Employer Payroll Team

JCST Contacts

*UPDATED 22 December 2020*

Committee and Trainee Services Manager for the North West of England

Verity Walker

Tel: 020 7869 6215

Trainee Services Coordinator for the North West of England

Poppy Downes

Tel: 020 7869 6299

General Contacts

Meetings and Events

North West School of Surgery Educator Update Sessions

4 December 2020 and 12 January 2021 *NEW* - added 19 October 2020

Venue: Online Virtual meeting via Zoom

Click here for Flyer | Click here for Programme *Programme added 13 November 2020*

To Register, please follow the link for the session you wish to attend below (the same session is repeated four times, please register for one session only):

For more information please contact

North West School of Surgery Induction for New Starters (ST3+)

14 February 2021 *NEW* - added 14 October 2020

Venue: Online Virtual meeting via Zoom


link icon National Specialty Recruitment

link icon Local Recruitment (Academic Clinical Fellows only)

link icon ISCP (Surgery e-portfolio)

link icon ISCP/JCST Youtube Channel

link icon Surgical Scousers (Liverpool University Medical Undergraduates)

link icon Surgical Scalpel (Manchester University Medical Undergraduates)

link icon JCIE (Joint Committee on Intercollegiate Examinations)

link icon JCST (Joint Committee on Surgical Training)

link icon The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

link icon The Royal College of Surgeons of England

link icon The Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow

link icon Inter-Deanery Transfers

link icon NHS North West Leadership Academy, Mentoring Scheme

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 & Procedures

Revalidation | Form R Part A | Form R Part B | 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 22 December 2020