West Midlands Central Foundation School

The City of Birmingham has a diverse and active cultural base ranging from socially deprived, multi-ethnic inner city wards to wealthy suburbs. The city centre is dynamic with a huge range of bars, restaurants and cultural centres, and excellent links to the whole of the UK and Europe.

There are five teaching hubs in two major acute Trusts:

In addition, the School offers placements in Paediatrics at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Public Health at Warwick University and Sandwell Local Authority, Psychiatry at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust and GP placements throughout the City and Solihull.

Most placements involve trainees in teaching medical students from the University of Birmingham Medical School.

The School has a well organised but demanding Foundation Programme that was one of the first established in the UK. A tight QA policy ensures training is to a high standard, with regular revision of teaching programmes and educational supervision practices.

In addition, all trainees are encouraged to participate in a Windmills career planning course, and ‘Taster’ weeks are available for F1 and F2 trainees. 

Foundation Teaching is organised centrally at each Hub on a weekly basis. Additional departmental teaching is also made available, which Foundation trainees are expected to attend. Teaching methods range from traditional lectures to interactive small group sessions, in which trainees are again expected to play a full part.

Posts 2018/2019

  • Foundation Year One Posts: TBC
  • Foundation Year Two Posts: TBC

Linked application at programme level

Not applicable at allocation to programme stage.

Support for study abroad

West Midlands Central Foundation School does not support or accredit doctors who wish to undertake their F2 year outside the UK.

Foundation School contacts

Head of School: Dr Julian Chilvers
Foundation Programme Co-ordinator: Lyn Brogan
Postgraduate Dean: Dr Russell Smith
Education Quality and Performance Manager: Jason Mistry


Trust / Site
Clinical Tutor PG Coordinator
Birmingham Children's Hospital

Dr Esaivani Archary
Dr Rafeeq Muhammed (Deputy Postgraduate Tutor)
Mrs Jay Kumar (Education Quality Lead)

Ruth Witcombe

Christine Haskins

Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health TrustDr Jayne Greening

Sara Prosser

Heart of England
Good Hope
Dr Ngozi Dufty

Debbie Lewis

Heart of England

Dr Phil Bright (Director of Medical Education)
Dr Ola Erinfolami (Programme Director)
Teun Wilmink (Programme Director)
Dr Amit Chaudhuri(Programme Director)
Dr Nagui El-Shimy (Programme Director)


Gillian Liggins
Terrie Davies
Sandwell & West Birmingham
City Hospital/Sandwell Hospital

Dr David Gull (Foundation Lead)
Dr Moe Oo (Foundation Lead)

Karen Parry
Nikki Smith
Louise Tomkins


University Hospitals Birmingham
Queen Elizabeth
Dr Shyam Madathil
Dr John Ayuk

Denise Burton
Katie Bray
Surjit Mattu

Page updated: 10 May 2018