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Posted January 22nd 2024 (6 months ago)

Dates for the Calendar

 General Surgery ST3 Interview Practice Day for core trainees - 1st March 2024

 ST7/ST8 Pre-Consultant Bootcamp - 25th-26th April 2024

Posted December 20th 2023 (7 months ago)

Thank you from the School of Surgery

The Peninsula and Severn Schools of Surgery would like to thank the following specialty surgical trainees for volunteering to participate as panel members for the national Core Surgical Training selection interviews in February 2024;


Rosie Simson

James Oliver

Michael Okocha

Ye Ru Chin

Natasha Keates

Lydia Jenner

Matthew Howard

Hammad Parwaiz

Michael Stoddart


Their participation is hugely valued in the wider process of supporting the training of the future surgical workforce within England and the devolved nations.


Of note, the south west is the region or devolved nation that has provided the greatest number of trainees supporting this process.

Posted October 23rd 2023 (9 months ago)

OMFS TPD and New Trainee SIM Fellow

OMFS TPD and new trainee Sim Fellow

The School is pleased to announce Mr Mark Singh as the new OMFS TPD for the south west. Mark is an OMFS consultant surgeon in Bristol and has been undertaking the interim role for the last 6 months. We wish to thank Ms Lynne Fryer, who has previously been the OMFS TPD for over 5 years, for all her hard work.

We wish to thank Rosie Simson for her role as Surgical Simulation Fellow, over the last year, in Severn Deanery. She has supported the School is the delivery of training during these difficult times over the last year and we wish her all the best in the rest of her training. We welcome Oli Brewster as the new Surgical Simulation Fellow for the next 12 months from this autumn, following his successful application and interview for the role.


Rob Longman

Head of School of Surgery

NHS England south west Workforce, Training and Education (Severn Deanery)



Posted May 10th 2023 (1 year ago)

OMFS Interim TPD

Mr Mark Singh (consultant surgeon OMFS at UHBW) is the interim TPD for OMFS for the next 6 months.  

Posted November 11th 2022 (2 years ago)

Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Champions

“The Schools of Surgery for Peninsula and Severn Deaneries are pleased to announce the appointments of Debra Chong, Emma Horrocks and Lotte Hardman as the first Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Trainee Champions. We look forward to working with them in these important matters to support surgical training and trainees across the south west”.


Posted November 1st 2022 (2 years ago)

New TPD for Urology

“The Schools of Surgery for Peninsula and Severn Deaneries are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Richard Pearcy as the next Urology Training Programme Director for HEE south west. Richard is a consultant urologist surgeon at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. We welcome him to the both Schools of Surgery.

We wish to thank Mr Tim Bates for his hard work and commitment to the Urology TPD role over the previous years and we wish him well for the future.”

Posted September 16th 2022 (2 years ago)

New Vascular Training Programme Director

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Tim Beckitt as the next vascular surgery Training Programme Director for HEE south west (Peninsula and Severn Deanery). Tim is a consultant vascular surgeon at Southmead Hospital in Bristol. We welcome him to the both Schools of Surgery.

We wish to thank Mr Richard Bulbulia for his hard work and commitment to the vascular surgery TPD role over the last 3 years. Richard will be standing down later this autumn to concentrate on his academic and research interests and we wish him well for the future.”


Posted March 31st 2020 (4 years ago)

Letter from Heads of School - managing postgraduate training during COVID-19

Please see the letter from Heads of Schools regarding managing postgraduate training during the COVID-19 outbreak.


Posted August 19th 2014 (10 years ago)

Association of Otolaryngologists in Training (AOT)

My name is Mo Bajalan, I am the core surgical trainee rep for the Association of Otolaryngologists in Training (AOT). I would like to advertise our organisation and invite senior medical students, foundation doctors and core surgical trainees interested in ENT to join the association.

AOT is an organisation that represents all Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery trainees throughout the UK all the way through their training careers. We are independent, free to join and are run by trainees for trainees.

The AOT puts forward the views of its membership through representation on the councils and committees of ENT-UK, Specialist Advisory Committee in Otolaryngology, Education and Training Committee, the Intercollegiate Exam Board, the Royal Society of Medicine sections, the Association of Surgeons in Training, and many other groups.

The benefits most applicable to junior trainees will be the advertising of relevant materials, courses and conferences pertinent to early career development. There are copious opportunities to discuss relevant issues and areas concerning training in discussion groups within the AOT forum as well as designated social media forums.

Once a year, there is an annual AOT conference where alongside an unrivalled academic and social programme, members have the opportunity to present projects at a national conference and nominate themselves to represent the AOT regionally or on one of the committees.

If you are interested in joining the AOT please visit the website on:

Alternatively, if you would like to be added to core trainee mailing list for advertisements and notifications of courses and events please contact the following address:

Many thanks in advance and we look forward to hearing from budding ENT enthusiasts in the near future.

Best wishes

Mo Bajalan
Core trainee rep
Health Education England - Wessex