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Yorkshire and Humber

Plastic Surgery ST3.

Plastic Surgery in Yorkshire and the Humber

Plastic surgery is a broad, varied and exciting field of surgery. Primarily concerned with the restoration of form and function, plastic surgeons manage conditions affecting all areas of the body and all age groups, from neonates to the elderly.
Although most consultants participate in on call rotas and maintain a broad base of skills, most develop a specialist interest in one or more of the following areas:

  • Head and Neck Surgical Oncology
  • Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery (including craniofacial abnormalities)
  • Breast Surgery
  • Hand and Upper Limb Surgery
  • Burns surgery
  • Skin and soft tissue tumours
  • Lower limb trauma
  • Aesthetic surgery
  • Academic Plastic Surgery
  • Paediatric Plastic Surgery

One of the most fulfilling aspects of plastic surgery is the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues in other surgical specialties. Plastic surgeons often operate alongside surgeons working in Otolaryngology, Maxillofacial Surgery, Trauma and Orthopaedics, General Surgery and Breast Surgery.

Plastic surgery is also closely allied to Aesthetic Surgery; the techniques learnt as part of reconstructive training can readily be applied to alter parts of the body to improve their appearance.

Plastic Surgery is the most diverse of all the surgical specialties operating on all age groups from the newborn to elderly, male and female and as you can see from the sub-specialties throughout the body. As a result there is a field of Plastic Surgery to welcome almost any surgical trainee.

In order to assess your suitability for this training programme please refer to the national Person Specifications on the Specialty Training website.

The expected duration of this training programme is six years subject to satisfactory progression. The actual duration may depend on the circumstances of individual trainees.

Further sources of information

The Recruitment Process

The National Recruitment Office for Plastic Surgery is London Recruitment



Vacancy details, including indicative vacancy numbers, will be published by London and KSS (LaKSS) Recruitment. Please note vacancy information is indicative and subject to change at any time. Please refer to Oriel and the national recruitment office for current vacancy information.

Deferrals may be granted but are only possible for the reasons listed within the Gold Guide. It is only possible to grant deferrals if you have a ‘statutory’ reason, such as ill health or maternity leave. If you are offered a post but do need to defer, we ask that you contact the recruitment team ( as soon as possible after accepting your offer.

All vacancy information is indicative and subject to change at any time

Programme Information

Rotation Details

Trainees rotate annually in October although rotations may take place at other times depending on the needs of trainees and the training programme.

Training Locations

A list of the trusts and training locations within the training programme is provided below:


Hospital Sites

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust  Bradford Royal Infirmary
Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust  Castle Hill Hospital
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Leeds General Infirmary
Mid Yorkshire NHS Foundation Trust Pinderfields Hospital
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Northern General Hospital