Advanced Training in Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery

Sub-Specialty Training Posts Advanced Training Posts 2

Person Specification

Cleft Lip & Palate Surgery - Person Specification 





  • Currently holding a National Training Number within the following specialties - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Otolaryngology, Plastic Surgery 

  • Pre certification at the start of the fellowship* 

  • Pre certification (or equivalent) for the whole of the Fellowship or permission from Training Programme Director to extend training to complete the fellowship. 

  • ARCP Outcome 1 awarded at most recent annual assessment 

  • Eligible for registration with the GMC 



  • MB BS / MB CHB or equivalent 

  • MRCS  

  • Intercollegiate Specialty Examination (Plastic Surgery/ OMFS / Otolaryngology) 

  • Part I – acquired by interview date 

  • Part II – acquired prior to taking up the post* 

  • BSc (or other intercalated degree 

  • MD 

  • PhD 

Clinical Experience 

  • Four years satisfactory higher surgical training in Plastic Surgery / ENT or three years in OMFS (or equivalent) at time of taking up post. 

  • Demonstrated experience in cleft lip and palate surgery above standard training level 

Clinical Skills 

  • good manual skills and hand / eye co-ordination 

  • experience of clinical risk management 

  • competent to work without direct supervision where appropriate 

  • clear, logical thinking showing an analytical/scientific approach 

  • experience and ability to work in multi professional teams 

  • Particular skill in the field of cleft lip and palate surgery 

  • Attendance at relevant courses 


  • appropriate level of clinical knowledge 

  • shows knowledge of evidence-informed practice 

  • shows awareness of own limitations 

  • demonstrates breadth of experience and awareness in and outside specialty 

  • Information Technology skills 

  • attendance at non obligatory training courses 





Organisation and Planning 

  • ability to prioritise clinical need 

  • ability to organise oneself and own work 

  • active involvement in audit 

[Symbol]  understanding of NHS, clinical governance and resource constraints; mgmt/financial awareness exp of committee work 

Teaching Skills 

  • evidence of teaching experience 

  • enthusiasm for teaching; exposure to different groups / teaching methods 

[Symbol]  education qualification 

Academic /  

[Symbol]  evidence of research experience 

  • research experience, presentations, publications, prizes and honours 

  • paper / presentation at a national or international meeting or published in a peer review journal 

Career Progression 


[Symbol]  progression of career consistent with personal circumstances 

Personal Skills 

  • Communication and Language Skills (the ability to communicate with clarity and intelligibility in written and spoken English; ability to build rapport, listen, persuade, negotiate) 

  • Decisiveness/Accountability (ability to take responsibility, show leadership, make decisions, exert appropriate authority) 

  • Interpersonal Skills (see patients as people, empathise, work co-operatively with others, open and non-defensive, sense of humour) 

  • Uses a Non-judgmental Approach to Patients and Colleagues regardless of their sexuality, ethnicity, disability, religious beliefs or financial status 

  • Flexibility (able to change and adapt, respond to rapidly changing circumstances) 

  • Resilience (able to operate under pressure, cope with setbacks, self-aware) 

  • Thoroughness (is well prepared, shows self-discipline/commitment, is punctual and meets deadlines) 

  • Shows Initiative/Drive/Enthusiasm (self-starter, motivated, shows curiosity, initiative) 

  • Probity (displays honesty, integrity, aware of ethical dilemmas, respects confidentiality) 

[Symbol]  the ability to produce legible notes 

Physicial Requirements 

  • meets professional health requirements 


* The defined date for eligibility is the start date of the post  (1st November 2019).