Person Specification

 Head & Neck Surgical Oncology TIG - January 2019





  • Currently holding a National Training Number (or equivalent) within the following specialties - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Otolaryngology, Plastic Surgery
  • Pre certification at the start of the fellowship*
  • Pre certification (or equivalent) for the whole of the Fellowship or permission from Training Programme Director to extend training to complete the fellowship.
  • RITA C / ARCP Outcome 1 awarded at most recent annual assessment
  • A minimum of 12 months Head & Neck experience within the current training programme at the time of appointment **
  • Eligible for registration with the GMC



  • MB BS / MB ChB or equivalent
  • Intercollegiate Specialty Examination (Plastic Surgery / OMFS / Otolaryngology)
  • Part I - acquired by closing date
  • Part II - acquired at time of appointment **
  • BSc (or other intercalated degree)
  • MSc / other Masters degree
  • MD / MPhil
  • PhD

Clinical Experience

  • Four years satisfactory higher surgical training (or equivalent) in Plastic Surgery / ENT or three years in OMFS at time of appointment**


Clinical Skills

  • Experience of clinical risk management
  • Competent to work without direct supervision where appropriate
  • Clear, logical thinking showing an analytical/scientific approach
  • Experience and ability to work in multi professional teams
  • Evidence from surgical logbook of exposure to operative Surgery relevant to Head and Neck ***
  • Particular skill in the field of Head & Neck Surgical Oncology eg Microvascular Surgery
  • Attendance at relevant courses


  • Appropriate level of clinical knowledge
  • Shows knowledge of evidence-informed practice
  • Shows awareness of own limitations
  • Demonstrates breadth of experience and awareness in and outside specialty


Organisation & Planning

  • Ability to prioritise clinical need
  • Ability to organise oneself & own work
  • Active personal  involvement in head and neck related audit involving closing the loop
  •  Understanding of NHS, clinical governance & resource constraints; management / financial awareness. experience of committee work

Teaching Skills

  • Evidence of teaching experience
  • Enthusiasm for teaching; exposure to different groups / teaching methods
  • Education qualification

Academic /

  • Evidence of research experience and data interpretation in head and neck surgery
  • Research experience, presentations, publications, prizes and honours
  • Paper / presentation at a national or international meeting or published in a peer review journal relating to head and neck surgery

Career Progression

  • Application supported by training programme director


Personal Skills

  • Communication and language skills (the ability to communicate with clarity and intelligibility in written and spoken english; ability to build rapport, listen, persuade, negotiate)
  • Decisiveness/ Accountability (ability to take responsibility, show leadership, make decisions, exert appropriate authority)
  • Interpersonal Skills (see patients as people, empathise, work co-operatively with others, open and non-defensive, sense of humor)
  • Uses a non-judgmental approach to patients and colleagues
  • Flexibility (able to change and adapt, respond to rapidly changing circumstances)
  • Resilience (able to operate under pressure, cope with setbacks, self-aware)
  • Thoroughness (is well prepared, shows self-discipline / commitment, is punctual and meets deadlines)
  • Shows initiative / drive / enthusiasm (self-starter, motivated, shows curiosity, initiative)
  • Probity (displays honesty, integrity, aware of ethical dilemmas, respects confidentiality)
  • Evidence of successful team working

Physical Requirements

  • Meets professional health requirements


*    Training cannot be extended solely to allow for the fulfilling of this criteria

**   Time of appointment is the start date of the fellowship – in June 2019

*** This means a minimum 120 operations as evidenced on the ISCP log book from the following list of procedures, of which a minimum of 50% should be as first surgeon (eg STS, STU, P or T)

Neck Dissection (Radical, Modified Radical, Selective)

Pedicled or Free flap reconstruction (excluding minor local flaps)

Microneural Repair

Trans oral laser surgery [including larynx]


Maxillectomy (inc. Partial)

Mandibulectomy (rim or segmental)

Glossectomy (any).



Branchial cyst excision

External approach pharyngeal pouch

Submandibular Gland excision

Parotidectomy (superficial, total)

complex excision of skin cancer

sentinel lymph node biopsy

moh’s surgery

temporalis sling

soft tissue facial reconstructive surgery