Training Places

Total number of training places: 19


Training Programme

The West Midlands School of Surgery cardiothoracic surgical training programme provides training in all aspects of cardiothoracic surgery across six departments. It is administered by a regional Training Committee that has been established for over a decade and has a reputation for its robust training assessments and its commitment to the quality of training. The departments involved in the programme are:

  • The Department of Cardiac Surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham
    Educational Lead: Mr D Pagano

  • The Department of Thoracic Surgery at the Heart of England Hospital, Birmingham
    Educational Lead: Mr R Steyn

  • The Department of Cardiac Surgery at Birmingham Children’s Hospital
    Educational Lead: Mr D Barron

  • The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Walsgrave Hospital, Coventry
    Educational Lead: Mr R Patel

  • The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton
    Educational Lead: Mr S Billing

  • The Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at University Hospital of North Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent
    Educational Lead: Mr C Satur


Teaching and Learning

Training within departments is supported by the monthly regional teaching programme and the yearly Midlands Cardiothoracic Meetings. The commitment to training goes beyond the region. A number of national teaching courses were established by and are run by faculties that include a strong West Midlands presence (The Birmingham Review Course, The DSTS, The Intermediate Cardiac Skills Course, and The Birmingham Professional Development Course).

The training programme is individualised for each trainee and does not follow a fixed pattern. During the first 4 years of the programme training in the core aspects of the specialty is offered. This includes at least 1 year of thoracic surgery and 6 months of paediatric surgery. In the subsequent final 2 years trainees are helped to pursue training in areas of subspecialisation or specific interest.


Study Leave

Study leave for training courses and academic meetings is administered at individual Trust level by the educational leads. For more information please visit the study leave page