North West School of Surgery - Training Programme Directors

North West School of Surgery



Training Programme Directors




List of Training Programme Directors



Below is a list of the Surgical Training Programme Directors (TPDs) in the North West. In some specialties there is one TPD per sector, in others one TPD oversees both sectors.


The East Sector covers Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria. The West Sector covers Cheshire and Merseyside.


Specialty East Sector (North Western) West Sector (Mersey)
Cardio-thoracic Surgery
incl. Congenital Cardiac Surgery
Steve Woolley
Core Surgical Training

Mark Tomlinson (North)
Mehdi Motamed (South)
Ambareen Kausar (Education/Training)

Chris Grocock
General Surgery

David van Dellen

Caroline Bruce
Neurosurgery Ankur Saxena Ajay Sinha
Oral and Maxillo-Facial Surgery Anne Begley
Otolaryngology (ENT) Samit Ghosh
Paediatric Surgery Fiona McAndrew
Plastic Surgery Srinivasan Iyer Zahid Hassan
Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery Jaysheel Mehta Joanne Banks (Acting TPD)
Urology Lynsey McHugh Rono Mukherjee
Vascular Surgery Jonathan Ghosh



Meetings and Events for TPDs







North West School of Surgery Induction for New Starters (CT1 and ST1)

VENUE: Education and Research Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital






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

VENUE: Education and Research Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital



Information and Resources for TPDs




Administrative Support for Training Committees



pdf icon Administrative Support Guidance for Training Committee Meetings



Appraisals for TPDs



pdf icon Educational Appraisal for Senior Educators



Clinical Supervision of Doctors in Training at Out-Patient Clinics



pdf icon COPMeD: Doctors in training and clinical supervision at out-patient clinics



Cultural Awareness



There are three 'Clutural Awareness for Surgeons' modules available on the JCST/ISCP Youtube channel:

external link icon Module 1: Language - Guidance on how to speak appropriately to people from different cultures, showing typical characteristics of language, both verbal and non-verbal.

external link icon Module 2: Politeness - Guidance on understanding the two universal components of politeness, giving instruction on how cultures convey politeness differently.

external link icon Module 3: Power and Status - Guidance on how cultures react differently to power and status and tips on how to address those differences in positive ways in surgical practice.




Doctors in Difficulty (DiD)/Doctors and Dentists Review Group (DDRG)



Please see the Trainees Requiring Extra Support (TRES) section.



Early Certification



4.9    There will be occasions when a trainee progresses more rapidly than the expected rate of progress and in such cases, the award of an ARCP Outcome 6 can be bought forward. However, this can only occur if:

  1. the trainee has gained all the relevant competences required within the curriculum
  2. the trainee has completed all the necessary examinations and assessments
  3. the trainee has spent the minimum time in training as required by the EU directive on the recognition of professional qualifications

The early achievement of CCT needs to be planned via the ARCP process and would not normally be advanced by more than one year.


The Gold Guide 7th Edition - Section 4: Progressing as a Specialty Trainee


pdf icon JCST's  Early Certification Principles

pdf icon JCST's Requesting change to provisional certification date flowchart



Enhancing Junior Doctors’ Working Lives



pdf icon Enhancing Junior Doctors’ Working Lives - a progress report 2018

pdf icon HEE and EJDWL 2018 presentation by Dr Alistair Thomson






If you are claiming expesnes relating to attendacne at National Selection, you should claim directly from HEE using the expense claim form on our policies and procedures page (under heading “Expenses Claim Form”). 


Any other TPD related expenses should be claimed from you own trust, who will then re-charge HEE.



Gold Guide



external link icon The Gold Guide (7th Edition)



Managing Less Than Full Time Trainees



pdf icon Managing Less Than Full Time (LTFT) Trainees

pdf icon Email from Jon Hossain RE: Educational Supervisors Less Than Full Time Training Package



SMART Objectives



 Word icon SMART Objectives Template



Study Leave Top-Slicing



pdf icon Study Leave Top Slicing - A Quick Guide

pdf icon Study Leave Top Slicing - Example Invoice



Support for Doctors with Mental Health or Addiction Concerns



NHS Practitioner Health is a free and confidential NHS service for doctors and dentists with issues relating to a mental health concern or addiction problem, especially where these may affect their work.

The service is open to any medical or dental practitioners in England, who are GMC or GDC registered, or those looking to return to clinical practice.

pdf icon NHS Practitioner Health Leaflet

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8am-8pm, Saturday 8am-2pm

Telephone: 0300 030 3300





Time Out of Training (TOOT)



pdf icon Time Out of Training - GMC position statement - November 2012 



Trainees Requiring Extra Support (TRES)



HEE North West, Trainee Support Network, Directory of Services - See under heading "Trainees Requiring Extra Support"

pdf icon Maintaining High Professional Standards (MHPS) in the modern NHS 



Training Support Network



Information on specialist support services for trainee doctors who are experiencing difficulties which may affect their ability to train.

HEE North West Training Support Network



What Constitutes Exceptional Circumstances?



pdf icon HEE North West ARCP Protocol - Appendix 2: What Constitutes Exceptional Circumstances?



More Resources



Please see the Resources for Educational Supervisors section.



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 and 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 7 April 2020