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General Surgery

The training programme for General Surgery at HEETV has long held a reputation for excellence. General Surgery is a wide-ranging area encompassing many subspecialties, including Breast, Colorectal, Endocrine, Upper Gastrointestinal (including Bariatrics, Hepatobiliary and Oesophagogastric), and Transplant. Also included are Emergency Surgery, and some elements of Paediatric Surgery.

The first two years (ST3-4) cover the broad areas of the JCST General Surgery (2016) Intermediate Curriculum. This is followed by more specialised training in the subspecialty area of choice during the final four years, guided by the CST General Surgery (2016) Final I (ST5-6) & II (ST7-8) curricula. Academic interests are actively encouraged, both as dedicated time out of programme for research, and as continued academic activity.

The Higher Surgical Training Programme in General Surgery comprises 42 recognised training posts and the same quantity of training numbers. There are no rigid rotations. Instead, the path of each trainee is directed partly by the particular requirements of the individual, and partly by their preference. All trainees rotate through several of the hospitals in the training scheme.


Formal training of the higher surgical trainees takes place on ten full days each year. These are held at the John Radcliffe Hospital in the Nuffield Department of Surgery and cover the full range of General Surgery, as well as relevant training in other surgical sub-specialties: Pathology, Radiology, and non-clinical disciplines, including medico-legal aspects, and NHS management. Each day is based upon a specific sub-specialty, facilitated by one trainee. The teaching days take place on a two year rolling programme.

Training Sites:

  • Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
  • Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Wexham Park Hospital



Annual ARCPs are held every September, with mid-year ARCPs in March when required. The location and details will be emailed closer to the time. For more information please email

Trainees are expected to keep an up-to-date logbook at

The training portfolio is managed on the ISCP at This contains learning agreements, supervisor reports and work-based assessments. Trainees are encouraged to add other evidence of competency attainment, including publications, presentations, research, teaching and audits. A fee is charged annually by the JCST for the use of the ISCP.

Useful Links

Royal College of Surgeons


JCST Certification Guidelines and ST4/ST6 Benchmarking Guidelines


OxSCAR - Oxford Surgical Collaborative for Audit and Research

Oxford School of Surgery Facebook group

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