Workforce, training and education
Yorkshire and Humber

Cardiothoracic Surgery

The Yorkshire and the Humber School of Surgery provides a training programme in Cardiothoracic Surgery.  Entry is either at ST1 or ST3 Level and is governed centrally at National Selection by the Surgical Advisory Committee based at The Royal College of Surgeons of England and administered by Health Education Wessex. The programme allocation is made by the SAC with reference to ranking at interviews and candidates choice.

The training programme extends over 6 years with the aim of achieving a Certificate of Completion of Training. This is based at the following hospital sites:-

Castle Hill Hospital, Hull - Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery including Oesophageal Surgery

Leeds General Infirmary – Adult Cardiac surgery and Paediatric Cardiac Surgery

St James' University Hospital, Leeds - Thoracic surgery

Northern General Hospital, Sheffield – Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery

Teaching & Training

The programme provides training in all aspects of adult cardiothoracic surgery including Oesophageal and Paediatric Cardiac Surgery, with the exception of transplantation.  The programme follows the Cardiothoracic curriculum outlined on the ISCP website.  Progress in training will be monitored by the Speciality Training Committee on a six monthly basis at the end of each module through the ARCP process.

The regional educational programme consists of half a day of education every month rotating throughout the different units in the region. This is Consultant led teaching and will use Problem Based Learning as well as having a substantial simulation component and wet lab sessions.

The Yorkshire Cardiothoracic Meeting is held biannually in rotation throughout the region and is a full day meeting with inter-professional teaching in the morning and presentations by trainees of research carried out in the region in the afternoon.

There is access to departmental, postgraduate and medical school libraries for all trainees as well weekly departmental teaching.

Study leave is available through the School for training courses and academic meetings. All trainees are encouraged and supported to attend national and international cardiothoracic meetings as well as local, regional and College and society Cardiothoracic Courses.


Training Programme Director

Training Programme Director: Professor Mahmoud Loubani

Deputy Training Programme Director: Mr Mubarak Chaudhry