The Birmingham School includes an excellent mix of training opportunities including one of the UKs largest hospitals, specialist hospitals and several district general hospitals. Many of these are based in Birmingham with the DGHs principally west or southwest of Birmingham. Training follows the Royal College of Anaesthetists curriculum with basic (for core trainees), intermediate and higher competencies (for specialty trainees) to be attained. The Programme Director works to ensure that everyone rotates through the necessary hospitals to fulfil their training requirements. Trainees have opportunity to express preferences in terms of where they train and the order of their modules. Typically, at least two years will be spent at the Queen Elizabeth hospital concentrating on subspeciality training (neurosurgery, cardiac, obstetrics, ICM), 3-6 months at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the rest of time spent in a mixture of DGHs. Once higher training is complete, there is opportunity to pursue advanced training modules in chosen subspecialties. All subspecialties exist within the school including liver transplantation. Assessment is performed using a number of modalities including a personalised trainee eportfolio, case logbook, workplace based assessments, regular appraisal and an Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP).
Unique features of the BSA include
· Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEHB) which has the largest single critical care unit in Europe, the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine where the majority of injured UK forces are treated and is the major trauma centre for Birmingham. It is also a major transplant centre.
· Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital are internationally renowned specialist centres.
· Secondment to Birmingham Heartlands Hospital can be arranged for thoracic anaesthesia.
· Trainee Service Lead management role available at QEHB
· A plethora of research and teaching opportunities, usually working with the University of Birmingham