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An image of patient lying on an operating table surrounded by doctor, anesthetist, other hospital staff and medical equipmentSchool of Surgery

The Specialties  |  The Training HospitalsFurther Information


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100% response rate for Wessex in the GMC survey! Thank you to all of our trainees for putting in their responses by the deadline!

Congratulations to everyone who secured a place in Wessex at national recruitment - we look forward to meeting you in a few months time! 

As we enter the busiest time of year for ARCPs, please have a read of our ARCP process within the School of Surgery (pdf) and be sure to check you have met your global objectives outlined by your programme director.


The School

The School was launched in 2007 and is part of the Health Education England, Wessex local office, which manages postgraduate medical and dental education across Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and the Isle of Wight. Overall, the School is responsible for 248 core and specialty surgical trainees across the region along with several academic training posts.

The School oversees all aspects of training in the ten recognised surgical specialties and its core function is to manage the quality of training, ensuring that trainees have access to the highest standards of teaching at all stages of their training programme.

The School also has a lead role in trainee recruitment, assessments and appraisals, preparation for examinations, practical skills training and the development of non-technical skills. The School has close links to the Southampton University Medical School and other Universities in the region which provide health related education and research. Wessex has an excellent reputation in surgical research and trainees are encouraged to become involved in the academic aspects of surgery.

Wessex are particularly strong in developing and supporting opportunities in Medical Education and Medical Leadership. Training has to comply with the requirements of the surgical curriculum so the School works with the Royal Colleges and Specialty Advisory Committees at all levels.

The aims of the School are:

  • To prepare and equip surgeons to meet the challenges of surgical practice and deliver the highest standard of care for patients. Our placement  of trainees into consultant posts is excellent (see individual speciality pages)
  • To deliver surgical education programmes with in the Deanery that meet GMC quality standards and embrace College guidelines and ethos, we have excellent part III exam rates.
  • To recognise and respond to the needs of our trainees, trainers and their employers.


As a trainee this website will keep you up to date with the information you need as part of your training programme, such as training days, courses, recruitment, and ARCP/RITA dates.


The Specialties

For further information on surgical training in Wessex please refer to the individual specialty pages. (Some of these pages are currently under development so may not all be available to view):

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Core Surgical Training
  • ENT (Otolaryngology)
  • General Surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • OMFS
  • Ophthalmology
  • Paediatric Surgery (managed by London Local Office)
  • Plastic Surgery (managed by Oxford Local Office)
  • Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Urology
  • Vascular Surgery


The Training Hospitals


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