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Paediatric Surgery

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A newborn baby being heldOur aim at Health Education Wessex is to produce doctors who are safe, well-trained and who will be excellent colleagues.

We'll provide you with quality training that the GMC  has consistently rated as the highest in the South East of England Consortium, which is made up of several LETBs , including those covering London. Wessex has four general and one urology posts available in what you will find is a friendly and supportive training environment.

We're delighted to say that when it comes to exam pass rates, well, we've not had any failures in the last five years!

Wessex offers ALL the paediatric surgical sub-specialities:

  • general
  • neonatal
  • urology
  • oncology
  • laparoscopic


Academically, we offer a Joint Clinical Fellow Post with Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Where we provide training

All your training will be based in Southampton General Hospital, where you will be exposed to the entire range of paediatric workload, including rare cases. The hospital will treat approximately 150 neonates a year, has 12 paediatric surgical beds, five general paediatric consultants and three pure paediatric neurologists.

Other opportunities for trainees

Out-of-programme training is encouraged at Wessex, and recent trainees have spent time working in Melbourne, Australia and Cape Town, South Africa.

What makes Wessex different?

As we provide all the specialities, we are able to train both junior ( ST 3) and senior ( ST 7-8) trainees who want to develop a sub-specialty interest.

All our trainees are expected to perform some clinical research for publication and are given plenty of support. You will also be expected to participate in teaching sessions, which comprise a trainee-led seminar, a cross-specialty paediatric meeting and the departmental MDT s.

Wessex has a good reputation for training in teaching and management courses are encouraged.

Simulation in the department is still developing, but attending national training days and courses is encouraged.

Is this right for you?

You'll need to be able to communicate with sick children and their parents, which can be a challenge for some trainees. All trainees need to be able to think 'outside the box' and recognise cases that are out of ordinary and respond accordingly. 

What to do next

National interviews are staged in April/May annually.

Find out more about the paediatric surgery programme provided by the South East of England Consortium by reading about the three London LETBs that have taken over the responsibilities of the former London Deanery.



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