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25 July 2014
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Core Medical Training (CMT)

An Introduction Core Medical Training

The West Midlands Core Medical Training Programme is one of the largest in the UK with approximately 250 posts available over the two years. 

Because the Postgraduate School of Medicine covers a wide geographical area the programme is divided into 5 training zones:

University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust
Mainly urban
Black Country
Royal Wolverhampton Hospital
Walsall Manor Hospital
Russells Hall Hospital
Mainly urban
Hereford & Worcestershire
Worcester Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust
Mainly rural
Staffordshire & Shropshire
University of North Staffordshire NHS Trust
Burton Hospitals NHS Trust
Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust
Mixed urban & rural
Coventry & Warwickshire
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
Mixed urban & rural

At appointment, trainees will be asked to preference these zones and rotations; trainees would normally be expected to remain in their zone for both years, however, they may move between zones for career or a change in special circumstance reasons by applying to the Director of CMT. 

Trainees in Hereford and Worcester will have rotations linked to other rotations in Birmingham, Coventry and Warwickshire or the Black Country.

Each zone has a slightly different style and environment but all offer a wide-range of specialities and experience.

The Educational / Training Environment
CMT has an extensive training programme for educational supervisors to ensure that all trainees get a good training experience. 

As well as regular appraisals trainees are required to meet with their supervisors at least every couple of weeks for a one-to-one tutorial and review of progression with their CMT competencies. 

There is an active quality control process in place that maintains and improves the quality of the educational experience and teaching sessions. Summaries of reports will be made available on this website.

Each zone has a slightly different arrangement for CMT teaching. The teaching runs over a two year repeating cycle and includes modules on generic skills delivered by the University of Birmingham. Teaching equates to half a day per week. Teaching topics are coordinated across all zones so trainees are not disadvantaged by moving between zones.


Head of PGSoM
CMT Director
RCP Regional Manager
Deanery Specialty Lead for Medicine
Lead Administrator, PGSoM

Rosemarie Atkins

Education Quality and Performance Manager
Beth Barrett