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Surgery is the second largest specialty in the NHS

It is a great time to join the NHS as a surgeon, with a career in the UK offering competitive salaries, excellent career progression, Specialty Training and Specialtist Registration via CESR or CCT.

Requirements for overseas candidatea to work as a surgeon in the UK?

  • IELTS or OET
  • MRCS or PLAB
  • GMC registration
  • EEA applicants will only require GMC registration and IELTS or OET

IMG Library Find out more about IELTS or OET, GMC Registration, PLAB, MRCS or to understand the Route to the UK for an Overseas Surgeon.

What should I know about surgery in the UK? 

As you would expect with such a large medical field, it is broken down into many sub-specialties – cardiothoracic, neurosurgery, oral and maxillofacial, trauma and orthopaedics, ENT, paediatric, plastic, urology, vascular and general surgery.

As a surgeon you would expect to work in an acute or specialist hospital and sometimes in surgical outpatient centers, spending your day in wards or operating theatres

What can you expect to do as part of a typical working week in the NHS?

A typical working week can include outpatient clinics, theatre sessions and emergency lists with certain types of procedure dependent on the sub-specialty chosen. You can also expect to be part of the surgical on-call rota.

Surgeons form crucial parts of an multidisciplinary team alongside a wide range of specialisms within the hospital.

Did you know? The Royal Mardsen was the first hospital in the UK to introduce the da Vinci robotic arm in 2007, now used across 70 hospitals. Next year a robotic surgery system designed in Cambridge, the Versius robot, is expected to operate on UK patients for the very first time, rivalling the da Vinci robotic arm.


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An excellent opportunity for an experienced Consultant in Urology to join a Health Board in North Wales that promotes equality and diversity. If you love a challenge, have a passion to help others or simple fancy a fresh start, then this Health Board has all the ingredients. The post if suitable for overseas consultants, including candidates who are pursuing CESR. Specialists in Urology holding a specialist certification would be suitable for this post, based on experience entering at either Specialty Doctor or Consultant grade. 

Overseas applications from experienced Specialty Doctors and Consultants are welcomed. 


The Health Board is largest health organisation in Wales, that are developing an integrated health service which provides excellent care delivered in partnership with the public and other statutory and third sector organisations.

The Health Board have a budget of £1.3 billion and a workforce of over 17,000 staff. Providing primary, community, mental health and acute hospital services for the population of around 700,000 across of North Wales. They continuously develop their workforce so that it has the right skills and operates in a research-rich learning culture.

Besides their three main hospital sites, they are also responsible for community hospitals, health centres, clinics, mental health units, community teams, GP practices and other NHS services provided by dentists, opticians and pharmacists. They plan to improve the health of the population, with particular focus upon the most vulnerable in our society.


The department currently have three full-time urological surgeons, a Locum Consultant along with 5 middle grade registrar level training including 1 SpR from the Mersey Deanery training programme. There are two SHO level staff and one FY1 and FY2. The Department has recently undergone a refurbishment, to provide day-case urology and therapeutic services to include TRUS-Guided prostate biopsy lists, an endoscopy suite, dedicated lithotripsy sessions and specialist out-patient clinics. The department has inpatient beds based on the 3rd floor within the Surgical Department. Paediatric beds are also available on the main hospital site.

The department uses one of the two dedicated purpose built modern integrated laparoscopic surgery theatres for its heavy laparoscopic workload. Currently, major laparoscopic Nephrectomies and prostatectomies are performed in this OR. A 12 bedded Intensive Care/High Dependency Unit is located on the first floor of the hospital. There are excellent pathology facilities, including a Public Health Laboratory. The Radiology Department offers a full range of facilities, including CT, MRI and fully functional intervention radiology service.

The post holder will provide elective and emergency inpatient services, along with other members of the department. The post holder will also participate actively in the Department’s Clinical Audit Programme and Continuing Professional Development, which is fully supported by the Health Board.


North Wales has a vast national park, purpose built mountain biking trails, a breath taking coastal path, soaring zip wire, food festivals and world class sport and adventure around every corner. The North Wales is equipped with sport and leisure centres that provide opportunities for a wide variety of sporting, fitness and recreational activities. Not only does it have lots of activities for you, it also has a wide selection of private housing is available, both traditional and modern in towns, villages and rural settings.

For doctors with family, the educational standards are consistently high in both the primary and secondary sectors. There are several well established independent schools within North Wales and the surrounding area that cater for both day pupils and boarders. The regional University with its excellent scholastic reputation has a thriving student community. You can say goodbye to heavy inner city commuter traffic, and enjoy a breath-taking commute across North Wales.


With an extremely active education/teaching programme supported by the consultant team, there is opportunity to work towards and complete CESR, exams, get involved in active research and many aspects of CPD. Participation in research and educational activities will be encouraged.


EEA Candidates:

  • Experience of working in Urology 
  • Board Certified Specialist in Urology 

Non-EEA Candidates:

  • Experience of working in Urology 

UK based applicants

  • Experience of working in Urology 
  • Within 6 - 12 months of completing CCT

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