Postgraduate medical education

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As a major teaching hospital, training and supporting the future NHS workforce is a key priority at UHSM. The Academy’s Postgraduate Medical Education Department provides education and placements for up to 300 training grade doctors, supporting them to gain practical experience as part of their medical training.

Our Postgraduate trainees include Foundation Doctors who are undertaking the two-year, general postgraduate medical training programme which forms the bridge between medical school before going into specialist / general practice training. After Foundation training, the trainees apply to a Specialty Training Programme of their career choice. The postgraduate team have an open office policy and provide a great support service to trainees.

UHSM is a renowned centre for specialist lung and heart surgery and plastic surgery, and the Postgraduate Medical Education Department offers an opportunity for surgical trainees to benefit from this expert knowledge. We host the regional Core Surgical Training (CST) teaching programme, which offers surgical training across specialties including general surgery, vascular surgery, trauma and orthopaedics, urology, ENT, cardiothoracic surgery and plastic surgery. This programme is the leading CST teaching programme in the country as listed on the General Medical Council (GMC) trainee survey.

We deliver a series of highly specialised cadaveric workshops for Core Surgical Trainee and Operational Department Practitioner Trainees (OPDs), held at the Manchester Surgical Skills and Simulation centre. The workshop gives participants the chance to refine their surgical skills and techniques under the supervision of Surgeons who are leading specialists in their individual fields. A typical one-day workshop supports 23 per cent of the trainees’ work-based assessments.

The cadaveric workshops were developed as part of the Better Training Better Care (BTBC) initiative. UHSM was one of the 16 organisations who successfully bid to become a pilot site. This project was initiated by Health Education England (HEE) following the key recommendations from Sir John Temple’s Time for Training and Professor John Collins’ Foundation for Excellence, the BTBC programme is about improving the quality of training for the benefit of patient care. Here at UHSM we believe that it is not a change in practice, it is a change in the organisation of practice and training.

We also offer a range of Royal College Course & Examinations including:

For further information please contact the Postgraduate Medical Education Department by emailing: or calling: 0161 291 5885.