We aim to produce consultant oral & maxillofacial surgeons of the highest calibre, with the broadest training experience possible
Where we train
Our training programme encompasses training in maxillofacial surgery at the following hospitals:
- Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead
- Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford
- William Harvey Hospital, Ashford
- Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton
- Eastbourne District General Hospital
- St. Richard’s Hospital, Chichester
The vast majority of the curriculum is delivered at these units. All of the units are strong in oncology and reconstruction. (With the exception of Chichester, which has no on-site microvascular service and, but does offer exposure to thyroid surgery). Surgical dermatology is also well catered for, with Chichester, Brighton & Eastbourne, and Guildford being particularly strong. Nationally, there is more orthognathic surgery carried out in the Southeast than any other area of the country. Trainees have no difficulty attaining the indicative numbers for orthognathic surgery. Low energy trauma cases and salivary gland surgery cases are also abundant at every unit.
Summary of curriculum exposure:
- Dental alveolar surgery & head and neck infection (all units)
- Low energy trauma. (All units)
- High energy trauma (available through elective craniofacial placement)
- Salivary gland surgery (all units)
- Orthognathic surgery (all units)
- Surgical dermatology (all units)
- Head and neck oncology. (All units)
- Reconstructive surgery, including microvascular (microvascular all units except Chichester)
- Temporomandibular joint surgery (all units)
- Cleft surgery (available through elective craniofacial placement).
- Aesthetic surgery (all units)
- Craniofacial surgery (available through elective craniofacial placement)
Additional training opportunity
Currently, there is no regional trauma centre in HEKSS, this situation may change as a result of the development of a major trauma centre at Brighton. In order to meet the demands of the curriculum, we have actively encourage trainees to take advantage of well-established links to craniofacial units at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool, and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
Trainees are required to attend the regional teaching day, which is organised by HE London. In addition to this, there are regional audit days, which are held at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford twice a year, where attendance is required. This gives trainees the opportunity to organise and present audit at a regional level.
We currently have educational capacity for 12 trainees. We have planned our rotations so that trainees have a fixed rotation through a small number of hospitals, changing hospital every 18 months. Once appointed, trainees are allocated to fixed geographical rotations, which are predictable for the whole 5 years of training. In order to allow trainees geographic stability, we will only break these rotations if there is unforeseen exceptional educational need.
For the purposes of the training program, the Royal Sussex Hospital in Brighton and Eastbourne District General Hospital are considered one placement. Trainees spend 9 months at each unit, the 2 units share in on call rota.
Please see the map and organograms below for details of the sub rotations.
Meet the Training Programme Director
Mr Jeremy Collyer FRCS
Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial surgeon, Queen Victoria Hospital NHS foundation trust
My postgraduate training was placed in London and Sussex, training at: Central Middlesex Hospital, Queen Victoria Hospital, Royal Surrey County Hospital, King’s College Hospital, Guy’s Hospital. A lot of my training was focused on oncology, but, later in my training I decided to focus on trauma, facial deformity and orthognathic. I have always had a keen interest in medical Informatics, one of my other roles is deputy lead for clinical IT at QVH.
I have been a consultant for just under 10 years. During my time as a consultant I have developed an interest as a trainer. Starting as an educational supervisor, I quickly progressed to being a tutor at QVH. I was subsequently first appointed as training programme director in 2013.