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.
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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.