Aims of the School

The Postgraduate School of Radiology was established to ensure the highest standards in the delivery of Postgraduate education in Radiology in the West Midlands Region.

The School is responsible for recruitment and supervision of Radiology specialist trainees.

Trainees are encouraged to participate in audit and research in radiology and develop subspecialty interests.

Recruitment Process

It is envisaged that there will be up to 20 posts available at ST1 in any one year. There will be National Recruitment for Radiology and much of the process will be handled by the London Deanery.

Selection will be via interview. We will aim to asses the commitment of the applicants to radiology, their aptitude for the speciality, knowledge about the speciality and relevant personal qualities and skills. Review of application forms, portfolios and relevant documentation will take place during the interviews.

Assessment and Appraisal

The West Midlands Deanery Radiology training schemes use the Royal College of Radiologists structured appraisal forms and logbook. This will be replaced next year with the e –portfolio.

At the start of each departmental attachment the trainee will meet with the departmental tutor to agree Educational Objectives for that attachment. There will be a subsequent meeting at the mid point of the attachment to discuss any problems or issues and a final assessment and appraisal at the end of the attachment. Each trainee will have a 360 degree appraisal at least once a year .This usually occurs in April on the Birmingham Rotation, whereas a smaller 360 appraisal is done on each rotation (twice a year) on the Stoke rotation (in keeping with the RCR portfolio).

At present our tutors act as educational supervisors, as our registrars often rotate from one hospital to another on a 6 monthly basis. The registrars meet with the Training Scheme Programme Director and the Director of the Postgraduate School together once per year, this meeting is usually held at the end of the academic year.