About Core Surgical Training

Core surgical training within the East of England region has justifiably gained a reputation for excellence. The Deanery covers a large geographical area serving a population of 5.5 million and provides excellent opportunities to train in all surgical specialties. 

Training occurs in a number of large District General Hospitals and two teaching Hospitals, Broomfield in the south of the region & the Norfolk & Norwich) in the North. There are also close links between hospitals in Essex and Hertfordshire and the London Deanery allowing trainees to continue specialist training in both the North East and North West Thames programmes.

The Core Surgical Training programme recruits mainly into CT1 training and offers two year rotations tailored to the subspecialty interests of successful applicants. There are also opportunities for more experienced trainees to enter the programme at CT2 level. The programme contains 120 training posts.

The programme tightly adheres to the ISCP. Trainees are expected to follow the curriculum and gain appropriate competencies in order to progress. Trainees are allocated an assigned educational supervisor (AES) within their trust who will be responsible for the establishment of a leaning agreement and the trainee's local training opportunities. The AES will report directly to the County Lead who will in turn report to the Programme Director. This allows closer supervision of smaller numbers of trainees at County level.

Trainees are encouraged to undertake a Basic Surgical Skills Course, ATLS and CCrisp Courses during their training. All these courses are available within the Deanery and trainees should endeavour to undertake local courses where available.

In addition, trainees should aim to complete all parts of the MRCS examinations during Core training in order to allow smooth progression into specialist training.

The CST training programme for CST has been established and all training days will be run at both Broomfield & Norfolk & Norwich Hospital.  The curriculum is split up into 3 training groups: MRCS Part A, MRCS Part B & ST3 preparation and the trainees attend whichever day is most relevant to their stage of the exam.  Trainees will be expected to be released from their clinical commitments in order to attend these training days.

The Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) will be assessed through the ISCP. This will take place in May and be an online assessment.  Trainees with lack of evidence of adequate progression will be called for a face to face interview.

CST programmes within the East of England Deanery provide exceptional surgical training opportunities within a well structured programme.