Clinical Oncology West Midlands Training Programme

A Description of the Programme
The region is split across five hospital sites: Queen Elizabeth, Birmingham; New Cross, Wolverhampton; City Hospital, Stoke; University Hospital, Coventry and The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. 

Training lasts for 5 years in total. Half of the time on the rotation is usually in Birmingham and the other half shared across the other hospitals. 

The registrars rotate between hospitals every 6 months (changing in May and November) and change cancer speciality site at the same time.

Each post will focus on two or three cancer sites e.g. breast and gynaecological malignancies so allowing knowledge and skill to develop across the curriculum.

Availability of Posts in the Region
There are 22 full time equivalent posts in the region – trainees who are less than full time either slot share or are less than full time in a full time post. 

The posts are as follows:

  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham – 10

  • University Hospital Coventry – 4

  • New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton – 3

  • University Hospital North Staffs, Stoke – 3

  • Royal Shrewsbury - 2

New registrars starting at ST3 level usually spend their first 6 to 9 months not at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham but at one of the other training centres on the rotation.

Additional Training Opportunities
There are plenty of opportunities for clinical audit, quality improvement projects and reseach projects as well as the opportunity for “Out of Programme” research or clinical experience to further develop knowledge and skills. 

There are also many opportunities to teach in a variety of settings –in clinic/on the wards, small group tutorials, formal teaching programmes (e.g. Core Medical Training), lecturing (e.g. the Masters Programme) at University of Birmingham.