The Dermatology West Midlands Training Programme

A Description of the Programme

The West Midlands is one of the larger training schemes in the UK with 23 training posts. 

During the 4 year training, 24-36 months are spent in Birmingham hospitals and the remaining time in other teaching hospitals in the region.

Training posts are located at University Hospital Birmingham (including Birmingham Children’s Hospital) (5), City Hospital, Birmingham (4), Solihull Hospital (4), University Hospital, Coventry (4), Warwick Hospital (2), Worcester hospitals (2), Walsall or Wolverhampton (1) and Dudley (1).

The training programme covers multiple hospitals within the West Midlands which cover a large geographical area. Trainees are required to travel regularly to different hospital sites for teaching and out of hours on-calls, which frequently cross cover other hospitals. It is expected that trainees will relocate to the West Midlands to ensure they are able to fulfil both the clinical and educational commitments of the program.

Rotations takes place every May. ST trainees appointed in August will commonly move the following May.

The Training Curriculum

The Dermatology curriculum is comprehensively covered during the 4-year training period with the exception of photodermatology, which is usually obtained by a short placement to another region.

Training Results

Results of the Deanery trainee surveys (JEST), national GMC surveys and Deanery inspections have been excellent in recent years.

Specialist Training

The Region provides particularly strong training in paediatric dermatology, skin cancer, lymphoma, dermatological surgery, vulval and male genital disorders, cutaneous allergy and dermatopathology.

 Clinical experience in the management of toxic epidermal necrolysis is provided at University Hospital Birmingham. The Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Solihull Hospital have dedicated Epidermolysis Bullosa services. 

Training in lasers is provided at City Hospital. Psychodermatology clinics take place in Solihull hospital. Male genital dermatology clinics are based in Solihull and Coventry. 

For those interested in a career in paediatric dermatology, there is also a post-CCT Fellowship available in paediatric dermatology at the Children’s Hospital.

 Buddy System

All new trainees to the region will be provided a “buddy” who is a current dermatology specialist registrar in the Deanery who they are welcome to contact prior to commencing their rotation as well as during their training, for information and guidance.