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NEWS – South West Higher Surgical Trainees



Laparscopic Training Day (more information under Training Days tab)

Registration is open for the FREE 10th Annual General Surgery Laparoscopic Training Day at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton on 24 November 2017.  The day is in the Academy from 8.30am – 5pm. Lunch is provided.

The day is intended for trainees and consultants and includes live operations streamed from the operating theatre into the lecture theatre, with commentary and opportunity for questions. There will also be lectures.

Live operations include TAPP and TEP inguinal hernia repair, gastric bypass and a colorectal cancer resection. Talks include the approach to difficult cholecystectomies, controversies in gall bladder surgery and the C-GALL randomised controlled trial, how to get involved in RCTs and the Sunflower Study.

Return to practice documents

Less Than Full Time (LTFT) training – JCST policy statement

Severn Deanery Research, Audit and QI meeting November 2017

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December 2016

SPARCS are officially the best contributing region to UK trainee collaborative projects – which is quite an achievement especially when you consider how prolific the West Midlands collaborative are! Many thanks to everyone who has contributed over the years. 
The ‘sepsis’ paper is (finally!) due to be published in the BJS imminently. Many thanks for your patience with this, it’s been quite a battle to get it ready for publication. We will be in touch with all collaborators once the final PDF is available. This will be the 3rd collaborative paper published by SPARCS this year – which is great news especially if you’ve contributed to both Sepsis and Bluebelle projects! 
Please see the Academia page for further opportunities
2) Simulation and Human Factors Fellowship

To all ST3+ trainees within the Severn School of Surgery

The School is pleased to advertise for the 2017/18 Simulation and Human Factors fellowship. This year the post will be split between a 60% LTFT training post (in the surgical speciality suitable for the applicant) with 40% fellowship. This post continues to be incredibly successful and is exceptionally well supported within the School.

This year’s fellow Alex Humphreys  and the Lead for Simulation, Skills and Training James Coulston  can be contacted for further information.

Your application should be discussed with your TPD.

Interested persons should apply by December 23rd 2016 to with a single page CV (focusing on education) and a single page piece on ‘How to prepare trainees for consultant life: what the School needs to do next to enhance Simulation and Human factors’.

November 2016

Advanced Training Posts in Oncoplatic Breast Surgery

These posts are suitable for candidates in the later years of their training in either General or Plastic Surgery, who have a demonstrable interest in Oncoplastic or Reconstructive Breast Surgery.

Candidates will need to demonstrate that training in their parent specialty curriculum is complete by the start of the Advanced Training Post. Written support from their Training Program Director will be required to confirm this.

Candidates must have a National Training Number (or equivalent) and be willing to extend their expected CCT date to incorporate the whole 12 month fellowship, if necessary.

Applications are invited from highly motivated candidates who possess the necessary enthusiasm and commitment to capitalise on these opportunities. These training programmes are open to those who may, either from the outset or subsequently, wish to train flexibly (less than full time).

The application window opens on the 28th of October and closes on the 25th of November 2016 at 4.00 pm. You will not be able to submit your application after this time. Please ensure that you have completed all the relevant sections of the application form as missing information will deem your application incomplete and it will not be considered.

You must apply via the online recruitment system Oriel. Oriel can be accessed from the link provided.

June 2016

GI Day -12th Sept 2016

January 2016 NEWS

August 2016

Hi All

I was wondering if people would mind taking time to complete this survey.

The South West Chapter of ACPGBI are wanting to look at endoscopy training available to colorectal trainees, and what the limitations to training are.

I know we get a lot of surveys but I would really appreciate it if you could spend a few minutes filling this out.

Many thanks

Philippa Orchard

ST4 General Surgery

Dear colleagues,

As the end of the academic year approaches it is once again time to undertake feedback for the posts we have rotated through. The online survey was circulated on 11th August 2016. I cannot emphasise how important it is to fill this in. I acknowledge we are suffering death by survey at present but this is the only way to improve training in the hospitals we will rotate through in coming years.

As many of you will already be aware this is now nationally mandated to take place by means of a quality panel for each specialty in each deanery. This usually composed of the head of School, the TPD (s), some of the surgical tutors and trainee representatives.

Unlike previous iterations of post appraisal this system is designed to by trainee led and we should form the majority of attendees. This is a real opportunity to stand up and accurately reflect the quality of training in each trust as the information is fed back to the surgical tutor in each trust who’s duty it is to act on issues identified.

This year the deanery will collect the data and distribute it to a representative from each trust, such that they may attend the Quality Panel meeting, present the feedback and engage in discussion regarding any points raised. Each presentation should last in the region of 20 minutes. It is a good tick in the education and management box for your portfolio, as well as a chance to meet and engage with those who organize the programme.

Date: 3rd October 2016

Time: All Day (exact timings and programme to be confirmed nearer the date)

Venue: Meeting Room 2, South West House, Blackbrook Park Avenue, Taunton, TA1 2PX

With that in mind I would like to invite trainees to volunteer to present the data from each trust. If interested parties could email their interest to I would be grateful. I will close applications on the 12th September and form a list at that time.

Dear All,

Please be aware that we have updated our website with guidance on the new certification process. This includes a flowchart of the new process, summary table of what is expected from each individual or organisation, and further details for trainees – you can see it here <> .

Please note that the new process will apply to trainees with certification dates on or after 1 June 2016. Those with certification dates before that will follow the previous process.

Best wishes
Ms Paramjit Kaur | Specialty Manager


~December 2015 NEWS:

  • TPD Brief November 2015 Level 4 required for general surgical trainees for the acute scrotum in childhood
  • ST6 checklist (JCST recommended) for ARCP ST6 CHECKLIST FOR ARCP (JCST)
  • Christmas Surgical Drinks 17th December 2015 (see social)
  • ASIT course
  • Upcoming training days


Merry Xmas and have a happy new year!



Surgical Training videos delivered by trainees

JCST Certification Guidelines 2015/16 2015 Guidelines

Updated Training Days- check out the webpage! ALS laparoscopic training day and ST3 Bootcamp!





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