London Postgraduate School of Surgery

Our mission is to elevate surgical training in London to be the envy of the world.  We aim to set and maintain the highest levels of excellence in all aspects of surgery while providing support and advice to our surgeons throughout their careers.

Why choose this school?

The London Postgraduate School of Surgery is the largest surgical training organisation in the UK. Responsible for managing more than 900 trainees, we offer programmes at prestigious teaching centres across the capital. These include:

We provide world-class training for both career grade and academic surgeons who wish to excel in their specialty. 

Who is the head?

Nigel StandfieldProfessor Nigel Standfield has been appointed head of the London Postgraduate School of Surgery. This is a joint appointment with the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Nigel is a consultant vascular surgeon and Professor at Imperial academic health sciences centre, based at Hammersmith and Charing Cross Hospitals.  He has a busy clinical vascular practice covering all aspects of vascular disease. He has a major clinical and research interest in congenital vascular malformations.

Nigel is committed to education and training, particularly of postgraduates, as well as translational research, and has published extensively and presented at national and international meetings. He is the MSc surgical science director at Imperial College, an intercollegiate examiner for the FRCS in general surgery, and has been medical advisor to the British Council and the National Advisory centre for postgraduate medical education. He has also been an Associate Dean since 2005.

The London School of Surgery is the largest single training organisation for surgery in the world and Nigel is very proud of the extensive accomplishments that the school has achieved in its first two years.  Nigel’s vision for surgical education and training in the medium and long term will have many more exciting, innovative developments.

Outside of medicine, Nigel's interests centre around sport, particularly rugby and cricket. He is married with three sons, one of whom is a professional rugby player.

Our programmes

In years 1 and 2, trainees complete core surgical training at one of the larger teaching hospitals. The programme is divided as follows:

To progress to ST3, trainees must pass the MRCS exam and workplace based assessments. You then go on to train in one of the following subspecialties:

Training for each subspecialty usually lasts between five and six years. Trainees must pass the FRCS exam to obtain a CCT.

Find out more

To find out more about training in surgery, visit the Royal College of Surgeons of England website.

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