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The East of England Plastic Surgery Training Programme


The East of England Trainees will get exposure and training in the following areas:


  • Paediatric Plastic Surgery

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    • Hypospadias

    • Congenital hand anomalies

  • Head and Neck cancer excision and reconstruction

  • Breast Surgery

    • Developmental conditions, eg breast asymmetry

    • Post-mastectomy reconstruction

  • Hand and Upper Limb Surgery

    • Elective hand surgery

    • Hand trauma

  • Burns surgery

  • Skin and soft tissue tumours

    • Skin cancer excision and reconstruction

    • Lymph node surgery

  • Major lower limb trauma

  • Aesthetic surgery

  • Academic Plastic Surgery





The following information may be useful to prospective and current trainees:

Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Programme (ISCP)

All trainees are registered on the Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Programme (ISCP) website.

This contains an up-to-date version of the Plastic Surgery curriculum and syllabus.

Details of each trainee's Placements and Learning Agreements are entered into the website and all Assessments and Feedback are documented within it, allowing the trainee to build up a portfolio of their training.

Annual Review of Competency Progression (ARCP)

The Annual Review of Competency Progression (ARCP) occurs either in May or November depending on the trainee's start date.

Trainees will be assessed against standards set out in the curriculum and benchmarks established for each level of training.

Successful completion of training years ST3-ST8 and completion of the FRCS(Plast) examination will lead to the award of Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT).

Sub-specialty Training and Fellowships

In the latter years of training, trainees will opt to undertake fellowships in their special interest areas.

These will need to be planned and discussed with the Educational Supervisor and Training Programme Director.

The Training Interface Groups run accredited fellowships, further details can be found here.

Out of Programme

The East of England Plastic Surgery team will support trainees that wish to take time Out-of-Programme (OOP) for experience (OOPE), training (OOPT) or research (OOP-R).

This must be planned in advance and will require prior approval from Educational Supervisors and the Training Programme Director.

Less Than Full Time (LTFT) Training

The East of England Plastic Surgery departments fully support trainees that wish to undergo less-than-full-time training (LTFT) and further information can be found here.

SuppoRTT- Supported Return to Training

To ensure all trainees are clinically confident and fully supported when returning to training following a sustained period of absence, HEE EoE is committed to offering a number of mechanisms in order to support the return to clinical practice:

  • Individualised SuppoRTT plan
  • Access to ring fenced places on pre-existing specialty specific courses and regional teaching days
  • Period of enhanced shadowing 2 weeks prior to the trainee’s return date
  • Return to Clinical Practice Days
  • Additional funding for bespoke training may be available
  • A contribution towards childcare costs when attending shared parental leave in touch (SPLIT) days & keeping in touch (KIT) days may be available

Further information is available here.

Study leave

The HEE EoE study leave policy changed in 2018 and now each trainee's study leave budget is now managed centrally by the deanery.

Further details can be found here.

Inter-Deanery Transfers

The national Inter-Deanery Transfer (IDT) process has been established to support trainees who have had an unforeseen and significant change in their personal circumstances since the commencement of their current Training Programme which requires a move to a different region.

If you are planning on applying for an IDT to leave the region please ensure your TPD is aware of your intentions at the earliest opportunity.


Further details can be found here.

The Professional Support and Well-being (PSW)

The Professional Support and Well-being (PSW) aims to support all trainees whose performance may have been affected by circumstances that have arisen preventing progression throughout the training process, whether these circumstances are personal, training or work related. The PSW will aim to help any trainee who is having difficulties in any aspect of their professional and clinical development.

Further information can be found here

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