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 Unit Information
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Linda Trehame  
Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust Norma Timoney Yes
Leeds General Infirmary and the Royal Victoria Infirmary Alistair Smyth  

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust

Victoria Beale


NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Mark Devlin
Spires Cleft Service (Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust) Nefer Fallico Yes

University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and Birmingham Childrens Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Ian Sharp



For information on recruitment please visit the Severn Postgraduate Medical Education website.