Trauma and orthopaedics

About the trauma and orthopaedics programme

Our Trauma & Orthopaedic programme has a longstanding reputation for delivering high quality training. There are a total of 64 national training posts from ST3 level, with training being delivered in 8 Trusts around the North East of England and Cumbria.

Within the region there is access to the Musculoskeletal Oncology Specialist Service at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital along with two Major Trauma Centres. Trainees get to pass through all required subspecialties during their initial training and following their exam will have the option to request training posts in their chosen subspecialty. The region has access to world class simulation facilities, at Newcastle Surgical Training Centre, where ST3 trainees have quarterly cadaveric training sessions, so that they will have undertaken surgical access to all relevant areas.

The programme delivers protected weekly teaching on a Monday afternoon. This has a longstanding history of excellent feedback. We deliver an annual in-training clinical assessment exam, an FRCS exam preparation course and trainees are encouraged to be involved in the delivery of these courses.

The region has a strong history of research and boats the UK’s first Orthopaedic trainee led research collaborative, CORNET, allowing access for all trainees to get involved in research. The training programme has also been able to accommodate trainees who would like to take time out to do formal research through OOPR and often has several trainees undertaking MD/PhD study. Annually there is a registrar’s research day, which is coupled with a trainer’s educational day.

Our GMC feedback is always very positive and in the recent past we have been voted the best programme.

Our hospitals and what they offer:

Placements in all trusts within the region.

6-year specialty training programme after core surgery (or equivalent).


What our trainees say

Listen to Helen’s story

Listen to ST6 trauma and orthopaedics registrar talk about her experience of training in the North East and North Cumbria.

“Trauma & Orthopaedics is one of the few specialties where you can really ‘cure’ a patient. They arrive with pain, have surgery and when you see them 6 weeks later, they are pain free.”


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