The West Midlands is a very large geographical area with a huge population. This enables comprehensive training to be provided in all aspects of trauma and orthopaedic surgery. The Deanery has a history of being forward thinking and innovative in terms of education and training. The training programmes have always proved highly successful.

There are over 100 ST3-ST8 grade trainees within the West Midlands there are three separate Trauma & Orthopaedic Training Programmes:

  • Birmingham

  • Oswestry/Stoke

  • Warwick

Currently the trauma and orthopaedic curriculum is to be delivered over 8 years. During ST1 to ST4 the emphasis is on orthopaedic trauma and emergency work. Increasing exposure to orthopaedic sub specialties i.e. joint replacement surgery, arthroscopic surgery and soft tissue knee reconstruction, spinal surgery, children’s orthopaedic surgery, hand surgery, shoulder and elbow surgery, musculoskeletal oncology, foot and ankle surgery, will occur during ST3 – ST7. The training programmes prepares the majority of candidates to complete the Intercollegiate Examination in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery during ST7.

Training after completing the FRCS (Tr&Orth) will include senior trauma experience and advanced sub specialty training.

Where appropriate Out of Programme Training can be arranged for senior trainees seeking specialist experience.


Training Programmes


The Birmingham Orthopaedic Training Programme is centred on the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital (secondary and tertiary elective care) and University Hospital Birmingham (major trauma). There is a close affiliation with the University of Birmingham. Other units on the rotation include

  • Country Hospital, Hereford

  • Worcester Royal Hospital, Worcester

  • Alexandra Hospital, Redditch

  • New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton

  • Sandwell Hospital, West Bromwich 

  • Birmingham Children’s Hospital

  • Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley


The Units central to this programme are: the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry (secondary and tertiary elective care) and University Hospital North Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent (major trauma, secondary & tertiary care). There is close association with the University of Keele.

Other units on the rotation include

  • Bangor, Wales

  • Wrexham, Wales

  • Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Shrewsbury,

  • Princess Royal Hospital, Telford

  • Worcester Royal Hospital,

  • County Hospital, Hereford

  • Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley

  • County Hospital, Stafford

Warwick Programme

The Unit central to this programme is: University Hospital Coventry & Warwick. This is closely associated with the Professorial Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, University of Warwick.

Other units on the rotation include 

  • Heartlands & Solihull, Birmingham

  • Warwick Hospital

  • Alexandra Hospital, Redditch

  • Worcester Royal Hospital, Worcester


Academic Clinical Training Warwick

For suitable candidates with appropriate potential an academic training pathway has been established as part of the Warwick Programme.


Other Information

There is weekly half day release core training for each of the programmes. University Hospital Birmingham, University Hospital North Staffordshire and University Hospital Coventry & Warwick are all level one trauma units.