Advanced Training in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery

Sub-Specialty Training Posts Advanced Training 9

Recruitment Timetable

Apply from 2 November 2018
Closing date 30 November 2018
Interview dates 11 January 2019.

Health Education England supports the Training Interface Group in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery with recruitment to Advanced Training Fellowships (Sub-specialty Training).

We are currently recruiting 9 fellows that will have the opportunity to undertake 12 months of advanced training.  The start date of the fellowships is altering from the 22nd of July to the 22 of June each year.  When this change will occur is currently being agreed but it is likely that the start of the fellowships will be the 22nd of June or nearest working day from 2019 onwards.

The centres listed below are currently approved to deliver sub-specialty training oncoplastic breast surgery.

  • Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust
  • Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
  • Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Brompton HospitalManchester University NHS Foundation Trust
  • St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust and Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust
  • Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Northern General Hospital

These posts are suitable for existing surgical trainees in Plastic Surgery or Specialist Breast within General Surgery. 

Please refer to the person specification, to check the eligibility criteria, prior to submitting an application.  Full information to assist with your application is available under the resources tab.

The JCST website offers further information about the Oncoplastic Training Interface Program.

  • Who do I contact for further details regarding the fellowships?

    For further details regarding the recruitment process and how the fellowships are allocated please contact Health Education England (Severn) by:

    For further details regarding the fellowships please contact the the JCST.


  • Who do I contact if I have a question regarding my application or the application process?

    Health Education England (Severn) supports applicants with any questions regarding the application process including problems completing or submitting an application.

    Telephone Hotline: 01454 252610 (available 8:00 am until 4:00 pm Monday-Friday); Email: (reply within 24 hours)

  • How do I check if I am eligible to apply for the fellowship posts?

    There is a person specification for the fellowship that states the eligibility criteria required.

    It is important that you include all relevant information to ensure your application is not filtered from the process during the longlisting checks.

  • When will the posts start?

    The start date of the fellowships are currently changing from the 22nd of July to the 22 of June each year.  When this change will occur is currently in the process of being agreed but it is likely that the start of the fellowships will be the 22nd of June or nearest working day from 2019 onwards.

  • How will I indicate the location I would like to undertake the fellowship?

    Candidates will have the facility to indicate the training locations they would like to consider. We will provide candidates with a list of the training centres available with a request to rank them in order of preference.  

    We recommend candidates rank as many options as possible to increase the opportunity of receiving an offer.

    Following the interviews suitable candidates will be matched to training placements based on their rank at interview.

  • My CCT date is during the fellowship will it need to be deferred?

    It is a mandatory requirement for trainees to defer their CCT date if it falls within the period of the fellowship. It is important to agree this with your Training Programme Director prior to applying as trainees cannot take up a post without this agreement. The six months period of grace cannot be used within the period of the fellowship.

    Confirmation from your training programme director will be requested as part of the statement of support and this will be required at interview.

    If a CCT date is after the fellowship has been completed their is no requirement for the CCT date to be deferred.

  • Will I retain my NTN?

    Trainees will retain their current Training Number and their current training provider will remain responsible for undertaking the annual ARCP process.

  • Can I count this time towards my training?

    To enable the training in this post to be accredited a minimum of twelve months must be undertaken. The SAC in the parent specialty will also review assessments upon completion of the fellowship.

  • How do I apply for Out of Programme Experience (OOPT)?

    You will need to contact your current Health Education training provider to seek approval. This is carried out by the completion of an OOPT Form, which is usually available on your local LETB* website.

    This allows your local Health Education Office and the Royal College to track your training.  The posts do not have GMC approval and this will need to be applied for as part of the OOPT process.


    * formerly known as Deanery.

  • Will I need GMC approval to cover this period of training?

    Yes. You will need to apply for GMC approval to cover this training once you have accepted the post.