CST Year 2 Induction - 11 August 2020

There is no CST Induction on 19th August except for the MRCS prep course( (invitation only) being run by Miss Markham and Miss Pattenden. All other CT2s should be at their home trusts for regular duties


CST - Update - 22 May 2020


The Surgical VLE is up and running. All core surgical trainees should have access to the Postgraduate Virtual Learning Environment (https://pgvle.co.uk)- please check you junk mail. In the event you've not received it, please contact usman.ahmed@hee.nhs.uk .

Mr Mylvaganams CST Update video is now online,  and accessible via the Surgical VLE


CST Gala Day 2021 - Date to be confirmed - 11 March 2020

Check the CST Gala day page for applications forms and details on the CT1 and CT2 portfolio prizes!

The Training Programme

The West Midlands offers a comprehensive CST programme with over 150 active trainees in the region. It is one of the largest programmes in the UK. The themed rotations offer diverse experience with approximately a third of rotations geared towards Trauma & Orthopaedics, and the remainder spread across Cardio-thoracics, ENT, General Surgery/Vascular, Paediatric Surgery, OMFS, Plastic Surgery and Urology.

The size of the West Midlands has allowed us to focus the training into three discrete sub-regions*.

North (Shropshire and Staffordshire)

  • Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust (Princess Royal Hospital & Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
  • University Hospitals of North Midlands (Royal Stoke University Hospital & Stafford County Hospital)

Central (Birmingham and the Black Country)

  • University Hospital Birmingham (University Hospital Birmingham & Heartlands Hospital)
  • Birmingham Children’s Hospital
  • Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust (City Hospital, Birmingham & Sandwell Hospital, West Bromwich
  • The Manor Hospital, Walsall
  • Russell’s Hall Hospital, Dudley
  • New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton

South (Warwickshire and Worcestershire)

  • University Hospital of Coventry & Warwickshire
  • George Eliot Hospital, Nuneaton
  • Warwick Hospital
  • Worcester Acute Hospitals (Worcester Royal Hospital & Alexandra Hospital)

Trainees usually remain in the same geographical area for the duration of their training to minimise the need to move, however in order to ensure breadth of experience this may not always be possible.

The teaching programme is diverse and features mandatory teaching days as well as regular anatomy days, MRCS revision days and an evolving Added Value programme.

Key People

Mr Senthurun Mylvaganam (Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon @ New Cross Hospital) is the Regional Lead Training Programme Director and the following are the area/Core teaching Training Programme Directors:

  • Stoke & Staffordshire - Mr Sanjiv Bhimrao (Consultant ENT Surgeon @ UHNM)
  • Coventry & Warwickshire - Ms Deborah Markham  (Consultant General & Endocrine Surgeon @ Warwick)
  • Birmingham and Black Country - Ms Clare Pattenden (Consultant REnal Transplant Surgeon @ UHB)
  • Regional Teaching Coordinator - Mr Usman Ahmed (Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon @ Telford)

*These divisions are subject to review and based upon the number of training posts within each sub-region

Placement Swap Request Forms - Please read the guidance thoroughly before completing/submitting the forms.

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ARCP Checklist CST.docx (Updated 2016)