'The areas is unique in the West Midlands in offering separate teaching for first year (ST1), second year (ST2) and final year (ST3) trainees. This enables us to tailor teaching to your stage of training; ST1 'Preparing for Training', ST2 "Preparing for Assessment" and ST3 "Preparing for Practice". We also have whole day teaching events during the year when everyone comes together and there is opportunity for peer to peer learning and teaching.'

Experience training in Coventry and Warwickshire

Coventry and Warwickshire offers something for everyone. Cathedrals, Castles and Country houses; parkland, country walks, sporting venues, theatres national and regional, outstanding landmarks and historical sites of interest. For those enjoying town and city life there are great amenities. We have brilliant train and road links 90 minutes to London and close to Birmingham International airport.

Key Contacts

Please see our website: http://vts.wm.hee.nhs.uk/candw/ or contact Training Programme Director Dr Vicki Purser: vpurser@doctors.org.uk

ST1 – 'Preparing for Training'

We have hospital placements across the specialties in Warwick, Coventry, Rugby and Nuneaton as well as in Public Health and Palliative Care. We have an introductory day for all new starters and ST1s meet on a Tuesday afternoon for VTS teaching at UHCW in Coventry.

ST2 – "Preparing for Assessment"

In ST2 you will spend six months in another secondary care specialty and six months in General Practice. The ST2 teaching is on a Thursday morning in Warwick.

ST3 – "Preparing for Practice"

As an ST3 you will be in General practice for the year. The locations and some information about all our training practices can be found on our interactive google map:

http://vts.wm.hee.nhs.uk/candw/Practice-Locations

ST3 VTS teaching is on a Thursday afternoon in Warwick.

Our education team are enthusiastic and committed to helping you transform into confident, competent General Practitioners. Contact us to find out more.

The teaching programme

The teaching programme is outlined in our diary: http://vts.wm.hee.nhs.uk/candw/Diary 

Local support for MRCGP assessments

We introduce communication and consultation skills work early in ST1 and develop this through ST2 and ST3 using role players and video and ensuring plenty of practice in all the skills necessary to be successful in the CSA and in day to day General Practice.

Recognising the additional challenge faced by some International graduates we also hold regular days aimed at the specific needs of this group. The role players involved in these days have specific skills, knowledge, interest and enthusiasm in this area.

Academic and other opportunities

We have close links with Warwick Medical School and our trainees are encouraged to participate in DISC a scheme giving you additional skills in teaching and the opportunity to put this into practice, teaching medical students

We have two academic posts linked to the scheme for those with a particular interest in research and teaching.

Our trainees have also been able to undertake Postgraduate Awards in Primary Care at Warwick University.

Career prospects as a GP in Coventry and Warwickshire

Whilst posts in some areas remain very competitive there are ample opportunities for those finishing their training to work in the area. Details of partnerships and salaried posts are circulated via the trainee google group. We also have an active and proactive First 5 group giving support to those finishing training.

Want to find out more?

AIT lead Dr Ian Taylor: iantaylor@doctors.org.uk or website: http://vts.wm.hee.nhs.uk/candw/

Experience training in East Birmingham & Solihull

East Birmingham and Solihull VTS is located in an urban and rural area with hospital rotations including Heartlands and Solihull Hospital and GP practices in East Birmingham, Solihull and rural South Solihull.

Rotation considers of three, six month hospital posts (ST1 and ST2 years and six months in a GP practice in ST2 and then 12 months in the GP practice of the educational supervisor in the ST3 year).

East Birmingham and Solihull offers training in an area that comprises of a population mix ranging from deprivation in parts of the city, to affluence in the rural suburbs of Solihull. There is a broad spread of ethnicity represented within the patient population. Hospital training is, in the main, carried out by Heart of England NHS Trust, a group of highly rated national teaching hospitals based in Solihull, Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield.

Here you will experience a varied and multi-cultural population and gain good clinical experience. With easy access to both trainers ad training programme directors, there is also great accommodation and good schools within the vicinity.

The VTS is a scheme based on sound educational principles that aims to pragmatically approach the GP curriculum in a stepwise approach, resulting in good MRCGP pass rates and high satisfaction rates amongst trainees. VTS is highly rated for teaching including input from specialists giving talks and small group work with flexibility to choose.

Key Contact

Dr Aman Arora - aman.arora1@nhs.net 

Overview of the teaching programme

There are eight week terms for the VTS in Spring, Summer and Autumn

East Birmingham & Solihull Primary Care Educational Programme is held on Thursdays at Fentham Village Hall, Hampton-in-Arden. It is proud to present a series of Primary Care relevant presentations designed for practising GPs and their teams. The education sessions are delivered by local consultants and other clinical staff and offer a balanced programme of updates based around the GP curriculum. It is ideal for appraisal/continuing professional development purposes.

The programme is facilitated by Prof Rodger Charlton, Dr Abhijit Bhattacharyya, Dr Aman Arora, Dr Chirag Mehta who are each programme directors for the VTS.

Using the guidance from latest educational Cochrane reviews to plan the programme, we realise there is still a great role for specialists teaching us carefully selected GP orientated topics. For instance - the management of heart failure within primary care. Most weeks we enjoy a visit for the first hour from a locally renowned expert to update us, encompassing a reflective discussion on what we will take away with us to change our practice for the better. We invite our local GPs and trainers to join us for these interactive talks providing good networking opportunities for facilitating future local employment. During the second part of the afternoon we cover more of the GP curriculum in a self-directed manner in smaller "learning sets" and we also run at least one residential course aimed at AKT or CSA preparation.

Local support for MRCGP assessments

There are several CSA groups running

Academic and other opportunities

Many practices are undergraduate teaching practices for Birmingham, Warwick, Nottingham and Keele medical schools. There is an active RCGP Midlands Faculty and with an annual research symposium and an opportunity to become an academic trainee including an extra year to study towards a certificate in medical education through any of the local medical schools.

Career prospects as a GP

Excellent prospects of salaried posts and partnerships as well as locum work in rural and urban practices in this area.

Want to find out more?

Contact a current GP trainee: huda.mirza@nhs.net and follow us in twitter at https://twitter.com/solidoc