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Vascular Surgery

Vascular surgery is a dynamic and rewarding specialty which strikes a balance between open and endovascular procedures. It became a specialty in its own right in 2012 and now has an established training pathway. There is a mix of both emergency and elective operations and surgery is performed all over the body. Vascular surgeons work as part of a multi-disciplinary team which enhances the specialty. There are also ample opportunities to pursue management roles and both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching whilst undertaking active research is encouraged. With the demand for Vascular operations likely to increase in the future, we hope you will consider a career in this exciting specialty!

Training Sites:

Vascular surgery is a joint training programme provided by both Health Education Thames Valley and Health Education Wessex. Usually, a year of General Surgery is undertaken in ST3 in Thames Valley, followed by a year of Vascular surgical training in Oxford. The remaining 4 years are then divided between the Thames Valley and Wessex to allow a diversity of experience.

For information on the Wessex training sites pleased visit the Wessex website.


Annual ARCPs are conducted by Health Education Wessex (usually around September). Details are confirmed nearer the time.

The Pan-Surgical Electronic Logbook is used to record operations and the Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Programme is used to record training competencies and workplace-based assessments for ARCP purposes.

Useful links

The Vascular Society for Great Britain and Ireland

The Royal College of Surgeons of England

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