North West School of Surgery - Core Surgical Training





Welcome to Core Surgical Training in the North West


The purpose of Core Surgical Training is to allow the trainee to develop the basic and fundamental surgical skills common to all surgical specialties, together with a few specialty-specific surgical skills.



Core Surgical training in HEE North West is divided between two sectors. Please select one of the following for further information on each sector:

East Sector (North Western) – Greater Manchester, Lancashire & South Cumbria (former North Western Deanery)

West Sector (Mersey) – Cheshire & Merseyside (former Mersey Deanery)


Core Surgical Training Teaching Programme


From August 2018 there will be a single teaching programme for Core Surgical Training. Teaching will take place at different venues across the North West.

  • CT1 and CT2 teaching to take place on separate days to allow for cross cover within departments.
  • Teaching will take place for a full day once a month.
  • CT1 teaching will be the 2nd Wednesday of every month.
  • CT2 teaching will be the 4th Wednesday of every month.


Attendance at teaching is mandatory and trainees are required to attend a minimum of 70% (8 full teaching sessions).


Core Surgical Training Teaching Dates 2018/2019

Month CT1/ST1 Teaching Date CT2/ST2 Teaching Date
August 2018 Wednesday 8 August 2018 (HEE NW Induction) Wednesday 22 August 2018 (HEE NW Induction)
September 2018 Wednesday 12 September 2018 Wednesday 26 September 2018
October 2018 Wednesday 10 October 2018 Wednesday 24 October 2018
November 2018 Wednesday 14 November 2018 Wednesday 28 November 2018
December 2018 Wednesday 12 December 2018 Wednesday 19 December 2018 (Third Wednesday due to Christmas)
January 2019 Wednesday 9 January 2019 Wednesday 23 January 2019
February 2019 Wednesday 13 February 2019 Wednesday 27 February 2019
March 2019 Wednesday 13 March 2019 Wednesday 27 March 2019
April 2019 Wednesday 10 April 2019 Wednesday 24 April 2019
May 2019 Wednesday 8 May 2019 Wednesday 22 may 2019
June 2019 Wednesday 12 June 2019 Wednesday 26 June 2019

For further information, please visit the North West Core Surgical Training Website or email


Core Surgical Training Curriculum


external link icon For the most up to date syllabus and curriculum, please visit the ISCP website


HEE North West Programme Support for Core Surgical Training


Angela McMahon, Programme Support Officer

Angela McMahon is based at our Manchester Office at Three Piccadilly Place.

Tel: 0161 625 7602



JCST Contacts


Paramjit Kaur (Specialty Manager)


Tel: 020 7869 6243


external link icon JCST Website

external link icon JCST Certification Guidelines


National Core Surgical Training and IST (Improving Surgical Training) Pilot Recruitment


National Recruitment for Core Surgical Training is managed by HEE London and the South East. Recruitment to the IST pilots is part of Core Surgical Training Recruitment. Interviews for the August 2019 intake will take place between 14 & 25 January 2019.

external link icon Click here to go to HEE London and the South East's Recruitment website

external link icon Click here to go to the National HEE Recruitment Website (includes Timelines, Guidance, Competition Ratios etc.)

external link icon CT1 Person specifications


pdf icon East Sector (North Western) Provisional Indicative Tracks for August 2018 (including run-through specialties) *updated 9 January 2018*

pdf icon West Sector (Mersey) Provisional Indicative Tracks for August 2018 (including run-through specialties)


external link icon Improving Surgical Training General Surgery Prospectus (General Surgery run-through) 

external link icon Run-through Pilot in Otolaryngology Prospectus

external link icon 2018 Core Surgery Applicant Guide




external link icon 2018 Core Surgery Applicant Guide

external link icon British Orthopaedic Association

external link icon Royal College of Surgeons of England

external link icon ENT UK

external link icon The British Association of Urological Surgeons

external link icon European Association of Urology

external link icon British Association of Paediatric Surgeons

external link icon Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain & Ireland

external link icon British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons

external link icon The Vascular Society for Great Britain and Ireland


HEE North West Links


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 20 June 2018