Rotation Information

The Plastic Surgery and Burns rotation combines both the Severn and South West Peninsula PGME. Recruitment into Plastic surgery is via the national selection. 

Training Hospitals

Trainees will rotate through the three main Plastic surgery units within Health Education South West. They are:

  • Bristol NHS Trusts [Southmead Hospital & Bristol Children’s Hospital]
  • Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Information about the Training Programme

This programme aims to provide the very highest quality in Plastic Surgery training. The training programme is six years including the opportunity for fellowships overseas and academic research.

Plastic and reconstructive surgery is concerned with the restoration of normal form and function. It is an extremely varied specialty involving adults and children and encompassing a wide range of conditions. It is often viewed as one of the last bastions of true general surgery, treating the lower limb up to the head and neck.

Rotation three times each year within the unit in which they are placed, allows trainees to experience the whole breadth of Plastic and Burns surgery.

Training in both elective and emergency/trauma surgery covers all the main specialist interest areas of Plastics & Burns Surgery which include:

  • Breast 
  • Burns 
  • Cleft Surgery 
  • Hands & Upper Limb 
  • Head & Neck 
  • Laser
  • Lower Limb
  • Microsurgery
  • Paediatric Surgery [inc. Hypospadias]
  • Sarcoma
  • Skin Cancer


One of the most interesting and fulfilling aspects of the specialty is the frequency with which plastic surgeons work closely with surgeons from other specialties including general surgery, orthopaedics, otorhinolaryngology, and maxillofacial surgery. Involvement includes both reconstructing surgical defects as well as assisting in resection and debridement when required. In addition to this Plastics surgeons will commonly sit on a number of MDTs and will often take a leading role.

The specialty is also closely associated with aesthetic surgery and there is opportunity to train in this area through out the period of training. This is formalised in Bristol where trainees will rotate through the ‘Aesthetic fellowship’ during their time in the unit.