Dr Catherine Miller - Has been a GP in Birmingham since 2000 and was appointed as a TPD in 2010. She completed her GP training in the Black Country in 1998 and worked as a GP Associate in Dudley from 1998 to 2000. She was awarded FRCGP in 2016.
Dr Manny Samra - Has been a GP in Wolverhampton for the past 11 years and was appointed a TPD in 2006. She has responsibility for women’s issues and early stage training on the scheme. She was awarded FRCGP in 2016.
Sandwell comprises of six towns of Oldbury, Rowley Regis, Smethwick, Tipton, Wednesbury and West Bromwich. It is a vibrant, diverse area with the challenges and joys that come from working in the inner city. Located centrally within the West Midlands, there is easy access to the great shopping and city life experience of Birmingham as well as the peaceful tranquility of the Shropshire and Malvern Hills.
We offer a wide variety of teaching methods; combining half day release with some modular courses throughout the three years as well as termly symposiums – for large group interactions.
Hospital posts are split across two sites: City Hospital and Sandwell hospital. There are a wide variety of hospital jobs offered, including specialties such as ENT, dermatology and ophthalmology, as well as medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, psychiatry, accident and emergency and geriatrics. Our teaching sessions take place at Sandwell hospital.
Sandwell encourages self-directed learning for the development of our future independent General Practitioners. This is facilitated by clusters sessions throughout the year. Clusters sessions allow small group interactions and better TPD to trainee ratios to get the best out of your three years.
We have an active junior doctor forum, so enthusiastic young doctors can get involved in the teaching as well as have their say on teaching and training matters and ensuring that social events are organised throughout the year. The emphasis is on learning through enjoyment and active participation.
There are three TPDs who facilitate the half day release scheme and offer support throughout your training and they are: Dr Charanpal Sikka, Dr Roderick MacRorie and Dr Sarbjit Saini. Each trainee has their own TPD mentor for the three year.
Walsall VTS was created in September 2012 giving an opportunity to design and run a new VTS in the Black Country. We have recently had a favourable QA visit report and Walsall VTS was proud to win an RCGP Midlands faculty Quality Award for the scheme and its collaborative approach to learning. We aim to foster an enthusiastic and learner centred ethos in which trainees can develop.