SuppoRTT (Supported Return to Training) Programme

The NSTC in collaboration with HENE have been successful in securing funding to provide a practical based SuppoRTT programme to help Trainees in General Surgery and Obstetrics & Gynaecology within the HENE Region to return to work following a period of absence.  This is initally for one year.

Returning to work after a career break or going back to work after an extended period away from work (i.e. maternity leave, illness, research) can prove to be quite a challenge.  Whatever the reason, the period of time absent from work often causes a feeling of reduced confidence.  The programme will provide a series of bespoke structured courses which will be available throughout the year held at the Newcastle Surgical Training Centre, and will incude both practical cadaveric sessions and Human Factors.

The emphasis of these sessions is developing the skills to support a positive return to training, in a supported and safe enviornment with time to revise and practice skills.

NSTC SuppoRTT Programme

Overall Lead

Professor Alan Horgan

Consultant Surgeon & NSTC/SSTP Director

NSTC General Surgery Clinical Leads

Miss Sarah Robinson, Consultant Surgeon, Northumbria

Mr Venkat Kanakala, Consultant Surgeon, James Cook

 NSTC Obs & Gynae Clinical Lead 

Mr Tony Chalhoub

Consultant Gynaecologist, Newcastle

NSTC Human Factors Leads

Dr Karuna Kotur, Consultant Anaesthetist

Dr Linda Waddilove, Consultant Anaesthetist

NSTC SuppoRTT Programme


Mrs Sue Dent

NSTC Specialty Surgical Manager


Surgical Skills Trainng Programme (SSTP)

Following the success of the NSTC & Health Education North East Surgical Skills Training Programme (SSTP) Pilot in General Surgery and ENT, the programme has now been rolled out to include Urology, Orthopaedics, Plastics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, and Core Paediatric Surgical Trainees, Core Cardiothoracics & OMFS.

The overall programme is led by Professor Alan Horgan, NSTC & SSTP Director.  The programme has received excellent feedback from both Trainees and Trainers, and is the first of its kind in the UK, delivering an intensive, individualised, unique surgical training opportunity to Health Education North East Surgical Trainees.  The programme provides fresh frozen cadaveric based skills training and assessment to all General Surgical Trainees.

The programme is a visionary response to the rapidly changing face of surgery prompted by exciting technological advances in surgical technques and skills.

New SSTP Clinical Leads for 2019:

General Surgery:

  • The General Surgery SSTP has continued to go from strength to strength.   Mr Ben Griffiths, took the programme to a new level with his hard work, dedication and enthusiasm during the 3 years he led the programme.  When Ben decided to stand down from leading the SSTP Core and Intermediate Sessions, the role was split into Core and Intermediate roles,and two Consultant Leads were appointed to take the programme forward.
       SSTP Core Lead/s: Mr Peter Coyne, Consultant Surgeon, RVI, Newcastle was appointed from 2016, and in 2018 this role was split further          into CT1 & CT2 Leads, with Miss Kate Carney, Consultant Surgeon, Northumbria appointed to take as Lead for CT1.
     From August 2019 this role will revert back to one Lead for Core which will be Miss Kate Carney.
      SSTP Intermediate Lead: Mr Graham O'Dair, Consultant Surgeon, Sunderland Royal Hospital

Advanced Vascular SSTP Clinical Lead:

  • Mr Barney Green, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, James Cook University Hospital has recently been appointed to take over as SSTP Advanced Vascular Clinical Lead, from Mr Mike Clarke, Consultant Vacular Surgeon, Newcastle Hospitals




<<November 2019>>


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The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust gratefully acknowledge the generous support provided by the Newcastle Healthcare Charity (Reg. 502473) and the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Charity (Reg 1057213) who provided the initial funding to establish the Surgical Training Centre (Freeman Hospital)