The Northern School of Surgery in collaboration with the Newcastle Surgical Training Centre (NSTC) has developed a Surgical Skills Training Programme (SSTP) for Specialty Trainees in General surgery, ENT, Urology, Orthopaedics, Plastics and Obstetrics & Gynaecology. The programme is the first of its kind in the UK, and delivers an intensive, indivdualised, unique surgical training opportunity to Northern Deanery Surgical Trainees. The programme includes fresh frozen cadaveric based skills training and assessment linked to the ISCP curriculum.

The programme is now in it’s 7th year, and originally commenced as a pilot in the Specialties of General surgery and ENT during 2011/12 and received excellent feedback. Trainees in Urology and Core Orthopaedics joined the programme in September 2012, along with a further pilot for the Orthopaedic Intermediate Trainees which provided a comprehensive introduction to emergency procedures for Trauma & Orthopaedic Trainees in the Northern Region. This also received excellent feedback, and has been implemented into their mandatory training programme.

Core Plastics and Paediatric Trainees, and ST1 Cardiothoracic Trainees have also joined SSTP, along with Higher Plastics Trainees ST3 – ST8, and ST3 & ST5 Trainees in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

The latest development for 2017/18 is the addition of an Obstetrics & Gynacology Boot Camp for the ST1 Trainees, which includes a Perineal Repair Course.

The SSTP programme provides ample opportunities for Trainees to achieve ISCP assessments fully validated by ISCP Trainers.

Advanced trainees in the sub specialities of Upper GI, HPB, Vascular, Colorectal and Breast will rotate into an Emergency Trauma course during their ST8 year at the NSTC rather than rotating into the Course in their sub speciatlies. Further details will be issued to direct to all trainees.

The training groups are split into 3 categories: Core, representing CT1 & CT2, Intermediate ST3 & ST4, and Advanced ST5 – ST8, unless specified otherwise.