Core Surgical Training – Where should you apply?

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Applications for Core Surgical Training opened on the 7th of November!

In this article we break down the 2018 GMC National Training Survey data by region, to find out which deaneries are rated highest for overall satisfaction and workload for Core Surgical Training. Unfortunately, we were unable to track down deanery competition ratios.

Choosing where to apply is a decision that involves a number of personal factors – but we hope that this snapshot will provide an interesting and thought-provoking overview to kickstart your research.

Here are the results of our number crunching:



Graph to show overall satisfaction vs workload.

Data sourced from GMC National Training Survey 2018. Please head here to access the source data in full and read a full explanation of the methodology used by the GMC.


We’ve plotted overall satisfaction against workload for each deanery, and represented the national averages as the axes for comparison. For example, all data points to the right of the y axis have a higher than national average satisfaction rating.


Key Takeaways


South West Deanery has the highest overall satisfaction rating.

South West ranks well for satisfaction but trainees felt that its workload was higher than average in 2018. Meanwhile, Scotland ranks well for both variables.

North East, North West and London also rank above average for overall satisfaction.

Yorkshire and the Humber has the worst satisfaction rating but does well in terms of manageability of trainee workload. However, Wales performs poorly across the board.


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The data in this article is at a deanery level – there will be a huge variation between hospitals and rotations. Our Training Navigator will help you deep dive into the quality of training, clinical supervision and workload at the specific rotations within these regions. These are the most comprehensive and up-to-date ratings for individual NHS hospital rotations, with five-star ratings based on the results of the 2018 GMC National Training Survey. Read our analysis of Core Medical Training here.

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