Core Surgery


London and South East (LaSE) Recruitment manage the recruitment for Core Surgical Training across England, Scotland and Wales.

Working alongside The Royal College of Surgeons England, The Royal College of Surgeons Glasgow and The Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh we manage a centralised process aimed at delivering a fair and consistent process for all applicants.

For further information about Core Surgical training please click here.

Information and resources on Improving Surgical Training - click here 

Animation – What is improving surgical training - click here

For careers advice please visit the Health Careers Website.

Please note that the Prospectus supplementary handbook, post numbers and guidance can be found on the Oriel Website

Please refer to the HEE Guidance regarding COVID-19 and how it impacts on recruitment.

Head of School

Ms Celia Theodoreli-Riga is the Head of School of Surgery.

Deputy Head of School

Mr Dominic Nielsen is the Deputy Head of the London Postgraduate School of Surgery. Mr Nielsen is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at St George’s Hospital in London. His clinical interests are foot and ankle surgery and complex lower limb trauma. He is a keen advocate of surgical education and was previously the Training Programme Director for Higher Orthopaedics in South London.

Training Programme Directors

North East London

Aman Bhargava


Currently TPD for NE Thames Core Surgery, covering St Barts, Royal London, Homerton, Whipps Cross, Newham General, King George and Queens Hospitals. 

My Speciality is General Surgery , Colorectal, Minimal Access and Abdominal Wall Reconstruction and Hernia swell as Endoscopy providing expertise and training in all aspects of these areas. 

Aman aims to provide trainees the highest quality of training and supervision in both the elective and emergency scenarios. This is undoubtedly the best way to attract the highest quality trainees has closely been involved in the provision of training schemes within the Barking Havering and Redbridge University Trust(BHRUT). He has been the Trainer responsible for dedicated teaching on a weekly basis with novel techniques, including hands-on and multi-media supported training methods and simulation training. Over the years Aman has provided regional training days for HST, seminars and Faculty support to RCS England, The Surgical Skills Centre at Imperial College and ICENI Centre Colchester and is Programme Director for the Core Skills in Laparoscopic Surgery Course RCS England.

Aman has been dedicated as AES/CS to Core and Higher Surgical Trainees with full integration into the training process, use of ISCP and Surgical Tutor, and London Deanery Regional Representative and member of the Core Surgical Training Committee and been involved in curriculum mapping and development of modular training with Core and Higher Trainees. Development of the IST Project at BHRUT and its’ role out.

Over 2017-2020 Aman has supported the concept the RCS IST programme and developed a new way of managing training for the Improved Surgical Training posts, gaining support in London for the original 3 posts out of 40 Nationally, which has now doubled after Quality Assessment and Audit. This has enabled 6 training posts in all with successful outcome to run through training.

August 2019 Aman was appointed Training Programme Director for NE Thames Trainees, looking after 30 trainees in all in Core ST1/2 and ACF and engaging newer methods of evaluation in London, supporting the Role out of IST across the UK as a lead in IST, further supporting and implementing the programme and supporting other Trusts to follow suit in London. A regular provider of input to HEE STC and feedback to the RCS Professional Forum and has been awarded Membership Academy of Surgical Educators RCS.

Post Information

Indicative post numbers for the next recruitment round can be found on the Oriel advert under the document tab. Where possible we try and give an indication if a region will have any posts to enter in to the round but please be aware that these numbers are subject to change.

The final post numbers will be released around the time of interview and you will be given a minimum of 5 days to select your preferences. When preferences are opened you will be able to download a spreadsheet detailing the post information below. Should you have any questions about rotations of specific posts please direct these to the recruiting local HEE Office or Deanery in the first instance, contact details can be found here

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