About our Facility

About us

The MSSSC comprises a world-class integrated theatre with 9 training stations, and provides facilities and equipment suitable for all levels of surgical and procedural training from junior doctors and theatre staff to experienced consultant surgeons. Adjacent to the theatre is a glass-fronted seminar room that comfortably accommodates 30 (maximum). There are audio-visual links to and from each training station to the seminar room for demonstration purposes. Video equipment can be web-linked, enabling instruction to and from the facility to a worldwide audience.

For high fidelity simulation courses, the Centre will source the appropriate human or animal tissue for your course. The corporate and academic structure of the MSSSC management teams means that we can offer guidance on developing courses to be run within the facility.

The MSSSC can be hired for group training or individual purposes with on-site support from skilled technicians and a senior manager. Administrative support and advice can be provided if necessary. For more information on what the MSSSC has to offer please download our brochure.

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Surgical Training Lab 1

Surgical Training Lab 2

Surgical Training Lab 3

Surgical Training Lab 4

Surgical Training Lab 5

Surgical Training Lab 6

Surgical Training Lab 7

Surgical Training Lab 8

Surgical Training Lab 9

Surgical Training Room 1

Surgical Training Room 2

Surgical Training Room 3

Facilities Overview


Surgical Training Lab with 9 Surgical and Clinical Training Stations


On-site support from Skilled Technicians and Managers


30 Seat Medical Seminar Room


Group Training or Individual Bookings


Administrative support and advice


Audio-Visual Equipment


Meet the Team

Chelliah Selvasekar

Chelliah Selvasekar

MSSSC Joint Clinical Director; Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Divisional Medical Director, Clinical services & Specialist Surgery, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust


MD, FRCSEd (Gen Surg), Pg Dip (Medical Education), MBA

As a consultant colorectal surgeon with fifteen years’ experience, my clinical practice includes screening colonoscopy, minimal access colorectal surgery (including robotics) and complex colorectal cancer management.

I have a passion for surgical education.  As Council Member for the Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of GB & Ireland, I introduced regular regional meetings, LapPass and convened Basic Robotic courses and Robotic Training the Trainer courses. I am Preceptor for laparoscopic colorectal surgery, and also the Vice-Chair for the Surgical Speciality Board in General Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

As surgical educational lead at the Christie, I have introduced clinically and financially sustainable educational programmes from medical students to consultants over the last eight years. I have built a good relationship with industry and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Internationally, I have initiated successful fellowship programmes with India and Sri Lanka. I am also the surgical lead for the MCh programme administered through Edge Hill University. This programme brings regular supply of trainees to address service capacity issues in the NHS, and ensures high quality academic knowledge and skills are provided.

At the MSSSC, I look forward to providing high quality surgical training fit for 21st Century.

Deborah Aitken

Head of Service


MA Honours Management, BSc Honours Biochemistry and Neuroscience

Having worked in the NHS for over ten years I am excited to bring my experience and strategic leadership to the MSSSC.

I began my NHS career in the MFT Graduate Scheme and have worked in a range of roles in medical education including Undergraduate, Postgraduate, and research. I have published a number of papers on simulation education and I am excited to work alongside the MSSSC Team to continue pursuing my interest in supporting simulation medical education and to develop the centre further.

“I am particularly looking forward to supporting the MSSSC’s long term goals as the team continue to expand our services and grow our international reputation.”

Andrea Rawlinson

Theatre Mortuary Supervisor


DIP- Operating Department Practice

I began my career in the NHS, specialising in sterile services and instrument processing. After ODP training, I ventured into both private and NHS sectors, focusing on plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Beyond the surgical theatre, I excel in traditional English longbow archery, securing gold at club and county levels. I’m not only a skilled archer but also the Club Chairperson, making history as the first woman to hold the position.

My journey is defined by a commitment to excellence, whether in healthcare or on the archery field.

“Fueled by a profound passion for plastics, my vision extends to cultivating a centre of excellence where the next generation of surgeons can draw inspiration, just as I have throughout my career.”

Millie Astley-Evans

Millie Astley-Evans

Mortuary Technician


BSc in Forensic Biology

Originally from a small village in Mid Wales, I have recently relocated to Manchester to join the MSSSC as a Mortuary Technician. Some of my responsibilities have included the sourcing and preparation of human cadavers, animal tissues, surgical apparatus, equipment and a wide range of other materials for training courses.

I earned a BSc in Forensic Biology from the University of Chester, where I developed a particular interest in Pathology. I studied Microbiology, Forensic Pathology, Biochemistry and Genetics throughout my three years. During my studies, I also worked as a trainee dental nurse and administrative assistant within a rural community dentist. I have also gained experience of mortuary work, shadowing embalmers whilst working at a funeral directors in Chester and Telford.|

Since graduating, I have qualified as a Dispensing Assistant, gaining the knowledge and understanding of medicines and the technical skills needed to provide excellent patient service within the NHS. A typical day would involve patient interaction, liaising with the clinical teams and ensuring ordering, supply, transport and storage of medication as required
In my spare time, I help out on my parent’s farm particularly during lambing season.

Simon Hollingworth

MSSSC Administrator


LLB (Hons), PGCE

I have had a ‘portfolio career’, which has given me a broad range of experience in both customer-facing and back-office roles. Many of my jobs have had a common thread running through them – I am committed to education in whatever format it presents itself. From returning to university as a mature student, studying with the Open University, passing my PGCE in my mid-40s, and now helping relaunch the MSSSC, my belief in lifelong education continues to drive what I do.

“I am very proud to be playing a small part in helping the MSSSC educate, train and develop and encourage the next generation of medical practitioners.”

Hayley Mullen

Marketing and Events Coordinator


ACIM | BSc Hons Digital Marketing (Currently studying)

Having worked in marketing for over 10 years, I was excited to join MSSSC in July 2022 to continue to help them grow. With 4 years experience at The Christie, I bring a wealth of knowledge and skill set attained from working within the NHS.

With my passion to continue learning, I am currently approaching the end of my Digital Marketing Degree Apprenticeship at Manchester Metropolitan University. This has enabled me to incorporate digital marketing skills, such as social media, analytics and meeting the needs of professional NHS clients, within my role day to day.

With my marketing skills extending to my volunteer role as Marketing Manager for Greater Manchester West Scouts and my team spirit fueled by my Cub Scout Leader role at 2nd Irlam – I enjoy working with others to ensure the most positive and encouraging attitudes and outcomes are given to all.

“I eagerly anticipate witnessing increased representation of women in the centre and aspire to advocate for more girls to pursue careers in STEM.”

How to find us

The MSSSC is centrally located within the city of Manchester and within the University of Manchester’s main campus. It is easily accessible by public transport, being a 5-minute drive from Manchester Piccadilly railway station and 20 minutes from Manchester International Airport. If travelling by car there is a NCP multi-story car park located nearby on Grafton Street, charges are applicable. There are hotels to suit every budget within walking distance or a short taxi ride.

Contact us at msssc@mft.nhs.uk for information on availability and costs.

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