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An Introduction to Core Surgical Training in Wessex

In a nutshell – why is Wessex the place to train?

Core Surgical training is the first step towards a career in one of the branches of surgery, bridging the foundation program, and specialty training. Trainees will spend two years preparing to enter their specialty of choice by acquiring basic surgical skills and other competencies, passing the MRCS examinations and other courses like ATLS, whilst building a portfolio to compete with the very best contemporaries for those coveted places.

Wessex is a wonderfully compact region in which to train, with a variety of high quality DGHs as well as more traditional teaching hospitals largely within easy commuting range. Trainees who move to the region are invariably impressed by the lifestyle in the sunny South with its unparalleled leisure facilities, access to London, and international transport links.

What do we offer?

We provide training in the following specialties:

  • ENT (Otolaranology)
  • General Surgery
  • Intensive Care Medicine
  • Neurosurgery
  • Trauma and Orthopaedics
  • Urology
  • Paediatric Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery


Quality of Training:

  • ARCPs twice a year
  • Annual visits from the School to Trusts to ensure quality is maintained
  • Use of simulation
  • Use of ISCP
  • Monthly teaching mapped to the curriculum
  • MRCS anatomy teaching at Southampton
  • Local MRCS, CCrISP and ATLS courses
  • Trainees’ Forum
  • M27 Colorectal Course
  • Other management courses run at through the Wessex Courses Centre
  • Professional Support Unit


What happens to trainees when they leave here?

They are prepared for entry into higher specialty training, examples of these are:

  • General Surgery
  • Trauma and Orthopaedics
  • ENT
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Paediataric Surgery
  • OMFS
  • Urology
  • Radiology
  • Anaesthetics
  • Emergency Medicine


Programme Description

Follow this link for the Core Surgical Training Programme Description (pdf)


Study and Training

For further information on the study and training opportunities in Wessex for Core Surgical Training including the MRCS Anatomy teaching and Wessex Core Surgical Teaching Programme please refer to the Study and Training webpage.

In 2012 the HEE Wessex School of Surgery launched the first Core Surgical Training Forum for the Wessex Core Surgical trainees. To find out more please refer to the Core Surgical Training Forum webpage.

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ARCPs are held annually in June for all Core Surgical Trainees. 

All CT1 trainees will have a mock ARCP in February is to check their progress and to ensure that there is engagement with the ISCP.  This is a positive exercise for trainees as it provides an opportunity to ask the panel questions, give feedback and spot any problems before the actual ARCPs at the end of the year.

The ISCP website is used to examine the trainees electronic portfolios and there should be evidence to show that each trainee is reaching the targets set at the beginning of the year.  This therefore means it is imperative to keep the ISCP website up to date in all areas of the portfolio in order for the ARCP panel to make an informed decision regarding the outcome of their ARCP.

Specific requirements which need to be achieved by ARCP date are clearly stated in your global objectives and include:

  • 1 MSF per year
  • 40 WBAs per year
  • Topics as required
  • Up to date CV on system
  • An Assigned educational supervisor (AES) report. At least one clinical supervisors report by someone other than your AES for each learning agreement.
  • An evidence section and logbook that are completed contemporaneously


The only paperwork required for ARCPs is:

  • Enhanced Form R (for revalidation)


Please follow this link for upcoming ARCP dates.


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Surgical Tutor Contacts

Name and Trust Contact Details

Mr Kevin Harris




Mr Mark Farrar

Bournemouth & Poole


Mr Benjamin Stubbs



Mr Mike Nelson

Isle of Wight



Mr Billy Jowett

Mr Benjamin Knight




Miss Amanda Bond




Mr Carl Richardson
Miss Hasnaa Ismail-Koch




Mr Andrew Foggitt





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