Head of School

Ms Celia Theodoreli-Riga is the Head of the London Specialty School of Urology.

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

John Peters - Consultant Urological Surgeon and Divisional Director Whipps Cross / Barts Health


I trained at Charing Cross and then on the North West London Urology rotation before completing my training at the Middlesex/Institute of Urology . I was appointed in 2002  at Whipps Cross and am a full time Consultant with a predominantly general urological practice and an interest in Uro-Oncology ,  Lower Urinary Tract symptoms , and Cancer Diagnostics . I have been the Programme Director for the last ten years or so and have seen the evolution of practice and training with the development of high volume centres for pelvic and renal as well as the development of core and general urology hubs.

Training programme

NCEL – North Central and East London Rotation

Our training rotation covers the central and eastern part of North London . There are three teaching units in the rotation at Royal London  , Royal Free and UCH and we have six district general hospitals ( Queens/King Georges, Whittington , North Middlesex , Barnet/Chase Farm and Whipps Cross). The opportunities  from having a large number of specialist complex centres allied to large busy acute units means we can provide a flexible training to cater for core ST3/4/5 trainees and more specialist opportunities in pelvic , renal , andrology and reconstruction. Paediatric subspecialist opportunities are available at Whipps , Queens , North Middlesex and the Whittington amongst the DGHs. The last ten years have seen changes in hospital configurations which have resulted in high volume Renal surgery ( (400+ cases per yr) at the Royal Free and centralisation of all Pelvic (Bladder and Prostate) at UCH.

There is a rotation meeting twice a year called URAM ( Urology Regional Audit Programme ) when there is an opportunity to present audit and QI projects and there is a strong track record of this leading on to publication and presentation and national and international conferences. Research is strongly supported with strong link s to UCL and QMUL academically. There are strong links with the North West and South London rotations and movement between the three rotations is a common event to support training opportunities.

Specialty Training Board Information

The London Specialty School of Surgery holds Specialty Training Board meetings three times per year. The purpose of this group is to bring together specialty leads from postgraduate medical training programmes across the three London local education and training board areas to consider issues of mutual interest in relation to surgical training, and to foster and share good training practice on a pan London basis.


The vision for the London School of Surgery is to provide the highest quality of training using the vast wealth of clinical resources across London. London has a population of almost eight million. With its rich variety of cultures, nationalities and social backgrounds, the capital offers any trainee a full and rewarding experience in emergency medicine.

The London School of Surgery also seeks to provide:

  • World class education for world-class healthcare
  • Excellence of postgraduate training and education
  • Producing clinical leaders of tomorrow

Useful Information and Links

Curriculum - https://www.gmc-uk.org/education/standards-guidance-and-curricula/curricula/urology-curriculum

ePortfolio - https://www.iscp.ac.uk/

Exams - https://www.jcie.org.uk/content/content.aspx?ID=1

JCST Guidelines and Checklists - https://www.jcst.org/quality-assurance/certification-guidelines-and-checklists/