Core Surgical Training Programme Overview

Programme Support Officer Anita Relins has created a brief overview of the Core Surgical Training Programme detailing the primary aspects of the role.
Overview document

Core Surgery Training Curriculum

CT1s & CT2s

2017 Curriculum
Curriculum Summary & Mandatory WBAs list

CT2s that started before August 2017

2015 Curriculum
2016 Curriculum Amendments document

COVID update for all CST trainees:

Revised Global Objectives 2020

Core Surgical Training

Core Surgical Training prepares trainees for higher specialty training. This two-year programme follows the ISCP curriculum which includes generic skills applicable to all surgeons and prepares trainees for their choice of specialty. The curriculum is currently different for any trainees that joined the programme before August 2017 (links to the curriculum documents are available on right side of page).

Trainees are required to apply for their choice of (uncoupled) higher surgical specialty training via a competitive application process part way-through their second year of Core Surgical Training.

Entry into Core Surgical Training is coordinated nationally by Health Education Kent Surrey and Sussex. View more information on how to apply.

Rotations are generally organised within one of the three localities (East, West or South) however trainees may rotate throughout the region if required by the Training Programme Directors.

Each programme provides twelve months within a specific subspecialty theme and twelve months within affiliated subspecialties.

Trainees rotate on the first Wednesday of August and the first Wednesday of February.  

The hospitals included on the Core Surgery rotation are as follows:

West South East
Airedale General Hospital Barnsley General Hospital Castle Hill Hospital
Bradford Royal Infirmary Doncaster Royal Infirmary Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby   
Calderdale Royal Hospital Northern General Hospital, Sheffield Hull Royal Infirmary
Dewsbury and District Hospital      Rotherham General Hospital Scarborough General Hospital
Harrogate District Hospital Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield    Scunthorpe General Hospital
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary Sheffield Children's Hospital York District Hospital
Leeds General Infirmary    
Pinderfields General Hospital    
St James's University Hospital    


There are three Training Programme Directors for Core Surgery. Your Lead TPD will depend on your current placement according to the distribution below:


Mr Michael Ho Mr Andrew Williams Mr Adam Barlow
Airedale General Hospital Barnsley General Hospital Castle Hill Hospital
Calderdale Royal Hospital Bradford Royal Infirmary Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby   
Dewsbury and District Hospital  Northern General Hospital, Sheffield Doncaster Royal Infirmary
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield Hull Royal Infirmary
Leeds General Infirmary Sheffield Children's Hospital Scarborough General Hospital
Pinderfields General Hospital Rotherham General Hospital Scunthorpe General Hospital
St James's University Hospital   York District Hospital
Harrogate District Hospital    
All Academic trainees (ACFs)    


View full details of all hospitals.