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Plastic Surgery

Plastic and reconstructive surgery is the restoration of human form and function. It is believed by many to be the last remaining general surgical discipline. Plastic surgery is not limited by anatomical site and surgeons learn principles and techniques that are transferable to other specialities. As a result, plastic surgery is allied to many other specialities, offering reconstructive solutions and thus the chance to work in a multidisciplinary team.

Specialist Registrar training spans 6 years from ST3-ST8.  Towards the end of training, many trainees complete fellowships in a subspeciality area of interest. A TiG  (Training Interface Group) Fellowship presents the opportunity to work in a speciality that spans plastic surgery and other allied specialities (e.g. Hand, Cleft Lip and Palate, Aesthetic and Reconstructive etc.).

The following subspecialties are core to plastic surgery and training provided in HEE TV/Wessex:

  • Hands, wrist and brachial plexus
  • Trauma, Burns
  • Skin
  • Breast
  • Head & Neck, Oculoplastics
  • Sarcoma
  • Orthoplastics
  • Craniofacial, Cleft lip/palate, Ear reconstruction
  • Paediatrics, hypospadias, congenital limb reconstruction
  • Cosmetic Surgery


Training Sites:

Plastic Surgery training is led by HEE Thames Valley but includes positions in both HEE Wessex (South) and HEE Thames Valley (North). Trainees will rotate through both North and South regions.

DMEs/College Tutors across the region:

HEETV (North)

  • Oxford University Hospitals - Professor Peter Sullivan
  • Stoke Mandeville Hospital - Dr Marc Davison


HEE Wessex (South)

  • Salisbury NHS Trust - Dr Claire Page
  • Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth NHS Hospitals - Dr Paul Sadler


All of the training sites have satellite locations and offer outreach services.


Due to the large geographical area of the region, units are expected to deliver teaching locally. The ARCP day will also provide teaching and keynote lectures twice yearly.


ARCPs are held twice yearly, in June and December, to review progress at the interim and end of year stages for trainees.  The ARCP venue rotates through the four training sites.

The ARCP runs alongside a mock exam and teaching day. This gives trainees of all grades the opportunity to experience a simulated FRCS (Plast.) and better prepare for the exam. As a result many Oxford Trainees do well in the FRCS (Plast.) and this is reflected in a high pass rate.

The ARCP day is also used to explore research and audit opportunities and a chance to present projects.

Importantly, the ARCP day ends with a meal and an opportunity to socialise with trainers and trainees.

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