Core surgical training is made up of 184 posts divided into themed rotations. The 54 Trauma and Orthopaedics posts are organised separately by the T+O HST, with uncoupled posts at core level. The remaining 132 posts are divided into a further seven themes; Cardio-thoracic, ENT, General Surgery, Paediatric Surgery, OMFS, Plastic Surgery and Urology. These are distributed throughout the West Midlands in three broad groups; Shropshire and Staffordshire (Princess Royal Hospital, Telford, Shrewsbury, University Hospital of North Staffordshire, Stoke and Stafford General Hospital), Warwickshire and Worcestershire (University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire, George Elliot Hospital Nuneaton, Warwick Hospital, Redditch Hospital and Worcester Royal Hospital) and Birmingham and the Black Country (Heart of England Foundation Trust, University Hospital Birmingham, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, City Hospital, Sandwell Hospital West Bromwich, Walsall Hospital, Russell’s Hall Hospital Dudley and New Cross Hospital Wolverhampton). Trainees usually remain in the same geographical area for the course of the rotation to minimise the need to move, however in order to ensure breadth of experience this may not always be possible. Teaching programmes are organised locally in each of the three areas with anatomy teaching in the Warwickshire/Worcestershire and Shropshire/Staffordshire areas.
In addition to the chair of the training programme there are a number of deputy programme directors:
- Balasubramanian Piramanayagam looks after Coventry and Warwickshire
- Deepa Bose looks after Birmingham and Black Country
- Rik Kundra looks after Stoke and Staffordshire