Cleft Lip & Palate Surgery

This fellowship ensures high level training in cleft lip & palate and non-cleft velopharyngeal dysfunction and maintain standards appropriate for national audit of a day one consultant. The nature and quality of surgery in the first year of life has lifelong implications for a child and the variability of presentation of the conditions require focused surgical training as well as collaborative working within teams.

This includes working in a multidisciplinary team that includes specialist cleft nurses, specialist cleft speech therapists, consultant paediatric dentists, consultant cleft orthodontists, cleft psychologists, airway and sleep experts, paediatricians both in hospital and the community and specialists from many other disciplines. Care is provided over a long period of time from birth through to adulthood.

Training Units 

Unit Lead Trainer
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Linda Trehame
Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust - Unit Information Norma Timoney
Leeds General Infirmary and the Royal Victoria Infirmary Alistair Smyth
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Mark Devlin
Spires Cleft Service (Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust) - Unit Information Nefer Fallico

University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and Birmingham Childrens Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - Unit Information

Ian Sharp

Please note although approved for training not all units will be available or will be accepting a Fellow.

Information on how to apply can be found via the Severn Postgraduate Medical Education website.