Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

General Information

Name of Hospital / Institute / Cancer Centre: Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Name of Unit: Oncoplastic and Reconstructive Breast Unit

Address: Lyndhurst Rd; Worthing, West Sussex BN 11 2DH - UK

Country: UK

Website: https://www.westernsussexhospitals.nhs.uk

Responsible person/tutor for the fellowship 

Name: Riccardo Bonomi

Position: Oncoplastic and Reconstructive Breast Consultant Surgeon

E-mail: Riccardo.bonomi@nhs.net

Name: Fabio Rapisarda

Position: Speciality doctor

E-mail: fabio.rapisarda@nhs.net

Key contact

Contact name:


E-mail: wor.breastservice@nhs.net


Description of the training programme: The fellow will attend symptomatic and screening assessment clinics, results clinics including oncoplastic and reconstructive discussions and decision making processes. They will also contribute and participate to the local MDT and the research projects ongoing in the Breast Unit. They will be rotating in the various theatres as to maximise  the exposure to the range of the Oncolplastic and Reconstructive surgical techniques offered by the unit. There will also be the possibility to shadow the Radiologist assessing breast imagings and learn localization techniques of impalpable lesions.

Position held by the fellow during the traineeship: Junior or Senir Surgical Fellow

The training consist of: See above

Legal requirements: Full GMC Registration or equivalent

Maximum number of fellows in the Unit: 2

Optimal duration of the fellowship:  

Open to both national and international candidates or open to national candidates only

Ideal candidate: Last year of training


The fellow will participate in:

  • Operations with the tutor: YES
  • Outpatient clinics with the tutor: YES
  • The hospital continuing medical education programme: YES


Continuing medical education in the Unit: yes/no


Frequency: Weekly

Research facilities 

Participation to research activities in the hospital: YES


Accessible library: YES


Available accomodation: NO

Financial support

Financial support: NO

Information about the Institution/Department

Name: Oncoplastic and Reconstructive Breast Unit

Head of Department: Riccardo Benomi

Number of Senior Consultants: 3

Number of Consultants: 1 Speciality Doctor

Number of Residents: 1 Speciality Registrar ST7-ST8

Number of beds: Variable: High Day Cases Turnover

Number of wards: Two Inpatients + Day Surgery Suite

Number of operation rooms: 7 per week

Number of operations per day: 3 to 5

Number of operations per year: 400 – 500 cancers per year, about 100 – 150 immediate/delayed recons

Percentage of surgical oncology in the department per year: 95 %

Breast cancer operations per week/per year: 15

Other: Average of 2-3 Reconstructions per week

BRESO programme director: MD, FEBS, FRCS Riccardo Bonomi