Core Surgical TrainingHEE KSS curriculum provides comprehensive exposure to and grounding in general surgery, trauma and orthopaedics, ENT surgery and urology. We accommodate all these specialties at East Surrey Hospital. Surgery Home
Trainees are supervised by an Educational Supervisor and Trust surgical tutor, who meet regularly with the Head of School, fellow tutors and trainee representatives to be updated on the latest developments in training to be a surgeon and to ensure that high quality training occurs in the Trust.
The programme is divided as follows:
1. CT1: two-three surgical subspecialty placements of four/six months each
2. CT2: two surgical subspecialty placements of six months each – trainees will be matched into their CT2 year through a credit ranking scheme unless on a themed programme.
To progress to ST3, trainees must pass the MRCS exam and workplace based assessments. After CST trainees then go on to train in one of the following subspecialties:
1. General Surgery
2. Trauma and Orthopaedic
6. Cardiothoracic Surgery
7. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS)
8. Otolaryngology (ENT) Surgery
9. Plastic Surgery
Educational and Clinical Teams
Mr Tim Campbell-Smith
Mr Neil Smith
Mr Neil Smith is a consultant general and colorectal surgeon. He was born and grew up in Kent, and studied medicine at Wadham College, Oxford University, where he undertook an intercalated Master of Arts degree for which he was awarded a ‘First’. He completed his clinical studies for the MB BS degree at St. George’s Hospital Medical School, in London, graduating in 1996 with Distinctions in final examinations in four subject areas including Surgery. He was awarded Honours in three of these (Surgery, Medicine, and Obstetrics & Gynaecology) by the University of London.
Postgraduate surgical training was completed in hospitals in London and Surrey, and Mr Smith spent two years in full-time cancer research at the Royal Marsden Hospital, investigating the significance and detection of blood vessel invasion in colorectal (bowel) cancer. For his thesis he was awarded a doctoral masters degree (MS, Master of Surgery) by the University of London in 2009.
Mr Neil Smith was appointed as a Consultant Surgeon at Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust in 2008. He has developed and established the laparoscopic colorectal surgery practice at the Trust for both benign and malignant bowel diseases, working closely with Mr Tim Campbell-Smith. He wrote the Enhanced Recovery Protocol for colorectal surgery which has now been adopted by colleagues in other specialities, and is the service development lead for colorectal cancer and the training lead for gastrointestinal endoscopy. He has weekly outpatient clinics at East Surrey Hospital and alternate-weekly at Crawley Hospital.
Mr Ian Maheswaran
Chief of Surgery
Prior to joining Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust Mr Maheswaran undertook a National Bariatric Surgical Fellowship at St. Richard’s Hospital, Chichester, a Centre of Excellence in Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery where he now holds an honorary contract. Working alongside the St.Richard’s multi- disciplinary team he provides a full Obesity Service. His other specialities include endoscopy, gall bladder disease, pancreatitis, anti-reflux and hernia surgery. He collaborates with colleague’s to provide a Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy, Complex Hernia Repair and Abdominal Wall Reconstruction Service. Both elective and emergency operations are undertaken.
Mr Maheswaran is particularly interested in Medical Education having undertaken two Master’s Degrees and a London Deanery Fellowship in Education where he set up and delivered simulation training in order to improve patient safety and outcomes and is the Training Programme Director for Core Surgery Trainees in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. He is also Clinical Lead for the Trust Cost Improvement Program.
Mr Maheswaran is driven to deliver high quality, safe, patient centred care to the local community being born and raised in Redhill where his parents had combined over 50 years of service within the Trust. He very much regards the community as his friends and family.
Professional memberships include the Association of Upper GI Surgeons (AUGIS), British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS), Society of American Gastroenterology and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES).