School of Surgery


Head of School: Mr Paul Gallagher

Programme Manager: Kate Cockbain


The School oversees all aspects of training in the eleven recognised surgical specialties and its core function is to manage the quality of training, ensuring that trainees have access to the highest standards of teaching at all stages of their training programme.

The School also has a lead role in trainee recruitment, assessments and appraisals, preparation for examinations, practical skills training and the development of non-technical skills. The School has close links to the Newcastle University Medical School and other Universities in the region which provide health related education and research.

The North East has an excellent reputation in surgical research and trainees are encouraged to become involved in the academic aspects of surgery.  In addition, there are opportunities to gain specific training in Medical Education and Medical Leadership. 

Training has to comply with the requirements of the surgical curriculum so the School works with the Royal Colleges and Specialty Advisory Committees at all levels.


Further information can also be found on the dedicated website for School of Surgery  



Information for Current Trainees

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Information for trainers and educators

Development and guidance on becoming a trainer, standards for trainers, essential documentation for clinical and educational supervision including guidance for GP trainers,  Trust and out-of-hours supervisors, plus news about the latest courses and conferences.


Potential Applicant

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