Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery

Chair of Training Interface Group: Mr P Spraggs

College Contact: Megan Warde, Specialty Manager

Number of funded fellowships: 15

Length of fellowships: 4 months

Commencing: 1st February - 1st June - 1st October

Parent Specialties: General Surgery, Ophthalmology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Otolaryngology, Plastic Surgery

Training Centres:

  • Guys and St Thomas's, London and Royal Surrey County Hospitals
  • Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Portsmouth and Salisbury Hospitals
  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham
  • Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • St Johns Hospital at Howden, Edinburgh
  • University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
  • Whiston and Royal Liverpool University Hospitals

15 fellows are appointed annually to advanced training positions in hand surgery. There are currently 10 centres approved for training and trainees have the opportunity to preference which of the centres they would consider training within as part of the application process.



Recruitment to these four-month fellowships is held biannually with interviews usually taking place in the Autumn for February and June posts; followed by interviews in the Spring for October posts. There are 15 funded fellowships available and recruitment to this will be split to 10 placements to start in February and/or June, and 5 placements to start in October. 


All advertisements will be posted on our Sub-Specialty Recruitment page shortly before they open. If they are not listed and you would like to find out the next opening dates please email us  or phone us on 01454 252610.


The window for application is usually 4 weeks in length. It is important to check the closing date as late applications are not accepted. All applications are completed online through the national system, Oriel.


As part of the recruitment process candidates will be required to bring two references with them to the interviews; one of these must be from the Training Programme Director.


The dates for the next interviews can be found by clicking on the vacancy on our Sub-Specialty Recruitment Page. If the vacancy is not posted on this page, please feel free to email us or phone on 01454 252610.


Additional Fellowships

We also offer advance training fellowships in: Therapeutic Use of Lasers and Management of Skin Cancer. The recruitment to these fellowships takes place at the same time as the Reconstructive Cosmetic Surgery recruitment. Trainees apply for the fellowships they would like to undertake and the structure of the interview on the day will vary depending on the number of specialties applied for.