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Core Surgery Training


Core surgical jobs have always been highly sought after and many trainees progress to higher surgical training. Specialised firms, busy clinics and strong links with the higher surgical training programs mean that a surgical career gets the perfect start. Every Core Trainee gains experience in the management of all aspects of emergency surgery and trauma, in line with the ISCP Curriculum.

Training Programme

As well as the Regional School of Surgery teaching days there is ‘in-house’ help with exam preparation. Innovative ‘Choice Weeks’ to allow focused experience in surgery or related departments of the hospital are very popular.

Trainees are encouraged to be involved with research and audit. There are links with the University of Surrey, and the Postgraduate Medical School is home to MATTU – which runs basic and advanced courses in many surgical fields. There is a strong Simulation Program run by the Postgraduate Centre.

In the first year of Core, trainees rotate between General Surgery, T&O and Urology. There is experience in ITU/HDU in addition. Second year trainees spend a year in specialties relevant to their chosen career path).

Post details

  • Grade: CT1 Core Surgical Trainee (CT1 / CT2 / CT2+)

CT1 Doctors spend 4 months in each of: Urology; General Surgery; T&O

When On-Call you cover admissions for all of these teams.

CT2 rotations vary according to Theme

  • Location and Rotations:


Royal Surrey County Hospital

CT1 Rotations – General/T&O/Urology.

CT2 and 2+ rotations vary.

  • Qualifications: Full GMC registration and completion of Foundation are essential. ATLS is desirable.

Standard rotation details

Core Trainees and F2 doctors share the On-Call rota (with Trust Grade SHOs). The rota is currently 1:8. CT2/2+ grade cover FY2 doctors, as a new initiative. The working pattern is New Deal and EWTD compliant. There are periods of compensatory rest built into the working pattern. Annual Leave entitlement requires careful planning and consultant approval, since not all can be away at the same time.

Click here for an example timetable Core Surgery Example Timetable

Faculty Lead

Mr Matthew Solan is Surgical Tutor at the Royal Surrey County Hospital. He is a Consultant Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon. He is also Program Director for the HEE-KSS Registrar Rotation in T&O. Prior to this he was regional Program Director for Core Surgical Training. As well as being heavily involved in Training he has a strong research interest, holding honorary Professor and Lecturer posts at the London South Bank and Surrey Universities, respectively. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Surgeon Educators of the RCS Eng, Chair of the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Scientific Committee and Examiner for the FRCS(Tr&Orth).

Educational Supervision

Your Educational Supervisor is responsible for helping oversee your training and for helping you make the necessary clinical and educational progress. You will have regular feedback from your Educational Supervisor (Gold Guide). The roles of an Educational Supervisor are given in the Gold Guide or Standards for Training in the Foundation Programme or Operational Framework for Foundation.

Clinical Leads

Mr I Jourdan (General); Mr R Nigam (Urology)




Core Training completion

Salary Scale

All payscales can be found on the NHS Employers website


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