Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Training


Oral and Maxillofacial surgery is a 6 year programme.  OMFS is the surgical specialty concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the mouth, jaws, face and neck.

Specialists working in this area are known as oral and maxillofacial surgeons. (In some areas oral and maxillofacial surgeons may be referred to as oral surgeons, maxillofacial surgeons or craniomaxillofacial surgeons). The specialty is unique in that it requires dual qualification in medicine and dentistry and is a recognised international specialty that, within Europe, is defined under the Medical Directives.

It is a separate specialty from Oral Surgery, which is defined under Dental Directives, and is confined to minor surgical procedures carried out within the oral cavity.

The scope of the specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery is extensive and includes, but is not necessarily confined to:

  • craniomaxillofacial trauma
  • cancers of the head and neck
  • diseases of the salivary glands
  • surgical treatment of facial disproportion – both congenital and acquired
  • cleft lip and palate
  • aesthetic facial surgery
  • facial pain
  • disorders of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
  • surgical removal of impacted and buried teeth, cysts and benign tumours of the jaws
  • pre-prosthetic surgery including the placement of osseointegrated implants
  • management of infections of the head and neck including life-threatening fascial space infection
  • conditions of the oral mucosa such as mouth ulcers and dentoalveolar infection

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons generally work in teams and frequently work alongside other specialists including ENT surgeons, neurosurgeons, orthodontists, restorative dentists, clinical oncologists and plastic surgeons.

Further information on training is available from the ISCP website.

Rotation Information

The Oral and Maxillofacial surgery rotation is an overarching specialty within Health Education South West across both Severn and Peninsula PGME. Severn PGME currently leads on the National Recruitment for this specialty, and co-ordinates the recruitment and selection of Specialty Registrars and is responsible for their training and assessment within HEE South West.

The total population that is served by the OMFS departments in the Severn/Peninsula PGME is upward of 4 million people based on the 2011 census.

The rotation is split between the “North" Severn rotation and the “South" Peninsula Rotation.

The Northern Rotation-Severn

  • Bristol Royal Infirmary
  • Gloucestershire Royal Hospital & Cheltenham General Hospital
  • Royal United Hospital, Bath

There are normally 4 full time StRs on this portion of the rotation. 3 are based in Bristol/Bath. 1 is based in Cheltenham & Gloucester. 

(start at any site) but follow this pattern:

  1. BRI Oncology
  2. Cheltenham & Gloucester
  3. Bath/Cleft
  4. BRI Trauma/Deformity

On call

 The StR in Cheltenham & Gloucester is on a separate on call rota organized via that hospital site. The on call commitment is 1 in 5 in Cheltenham & Gloucester.

On Call is 1 in 7 weekends in Bristol/Bath, covering both sites. 


The Southern Rotation-Plymouth

The South/Peninsula Rotation:

  • Torbay District Hospital
  • Derriford Hospital, Plymouth
  • Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

 (start at any site) but follow this pattern:

  1. Derriford Hospital
  2. Royal Devon & Exeter
  3. Torbay District Hospital




There are normally 4 full time StRs on this rotation. Two are based at Exeter and one each at Plymouth and Torbay. Here are who is where, with email addresses.





For February 2024 we will be recruiting as follows:


Level Number of Posts
ST1 No vacancies until August 2024 intake round. 
ST3 Six  Posts  one to commence in Bristol, Bath, Gloucester and Plymouth, two posts in Exeter  


Regional Teaching

There are 6 regional teaching days annually. The core of OMFS syllabus is covered over the course of 4 years. The teaching is organised by the trainees. As a result of the pandemic, teaching has been on line every Friday for 30 weeks of the year from 0830 until 1000.


OMFS Consultants in North Rotation 

Bristol Royal Infirmary

  • vacant  (Oncology, Salivary Gland Surgery, Oral Surgery/Implantology )
  • Mr C Hughes (Oncology, Salivary Gland Surgery, Endocrine Surgery, Oral Surgery)
  • Mr J Collin (Locum Consultant) (Oncology, Salivary Gland Disease, Oral Surgery)
  • Mr D Kissun (Trauma, Deformity, Craniofacial, Oral Surgery)
  • Mr A Cobb (Cleft, Trauma, Craniofacial, Oral Surgery, Aesthetics)
  • Mr Mark Singh (Oncology, Skin, Salivary Gland Surgery, Oral Surgery)
  • Miss Jacqueline Cox 

Royal United Hospital

  • Mr A Felstead (Skin, Oral Surgery, Deformity, Trauma, Salivary Gland Disease, Oral Med/Pain)
  • Mr E Botha  (Skin, Oral Surgery, Deformity, salivary gland disease, Oral medicine/Pain)

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Mr D Godden
  • Mr G Knepil
  • Mr S. Whitely
  • Mr J Farrier
  • Miss M Coyle
  • Miss Andrea Beech (Consultant Oral Surgeon)


OMFS Consultants in South  Rotation 


Torbay & South Devon NHS Foundation Trust 

  • Miss Lynne Fryer - (Deformity, trauma, TMJ, salivary gland, oral surgery, oral med/pain)
  • Mr Rupert Scott (Oncology, trauma, TMJ, salivary gland, oral surgery, oral med/pain)
  • Mr  David Cunliffe -  (Oncology, thyroid & parathyroid, trauma, TMJ, salivary gland, oral surgery, oral med/pain)
  • Mr Ben Collard - Ben Collard (skin, trauma, salivary gland, TMJ, oral surgery, oral med/pain)

Royal Devon  University Healthcare  NHS Foundation Trust 

  • Mr John Bowden - (Oncology, trauma, TMJ, salivary gland, oral surgery, oral med/pain) 
  • Mr Mike Esson -  (Deformity, trauma, TMJ, salivary gland, oral surgery, oral med/pain)
  • Mr Andrew McLennan (Oncology, trauma, TMJ, salivary gland, oral surgery, oral med/pain


University Hospitals Plymouth  NHS Trust 

  • Mr Paul McArdle (Oncology and reconstruction, craniofacial trauma) 
  • Mr Srik Gangidi (Deformity, salivary gland surgery, trauma, oral surgery, oral med/pain)




The next ARCP's will be held on Wednesday 17th January 2024   at 09:00 a.m.  The closing date for paperwork for this ARCP will be 5:00 p.m. 19th December 2023 (due to Christmas Holidays) (ISCP to be up to date and Form R submitted).

Trainees will not be required to attend.   Feedback from the ARCP will be given afterwards. 

For assessment requirements, please see the ARCP Checklist.  Details of the new curriculum from August 2021 are on ISCP website. 

 The 2024 -Summer ARCP's - date to be confirmed 



The next  Quality Panel will be held on 17th January 2024 at 2:00 p.m.