A Description of the Programme


The West Midlands is one of the larger training schemes in the UK with 23 training posts. 

During the 4 year training, 24-36 months are spent in Birmingham hospitals and the remaining time in other teaching hospitals in the region.

Training posts are located at University Hospital Birmingham (including Birmingham Children’s Hospital) (5), City Hospital Birmingham (4), Solihull Hospital (4), University Hospital Coventry (4), Warwick Hospital (2), Worcester hospitals (2), Walsall (2) and Dudley (1). Numbers of posts detailed are only indicative numbers and may be subject to change.

The training programme covers multiple hospitals within the West Midlands which cover a large geographical area. Trainees are required to travel regularly to different hospital sites for teaching and out of hours on-calls, which frequently cross cover other hospitals. It is expected that trainees will relocate to the West Midlands to ensure they are able to fulfil both the clinical and educational commitments of the program.

Rotations takes place every May. ST trainees appointed in August will commonly move the following May.


The Training Curriculum


The Dermatology curriculum is comprehensively covered during the 4-year training period with the exception of photodermatology, which is usually obtained by a short placement to another region.


Training Results


Results of the Deanery trainee surveys (JEST), national GMC surveys and Deanery inspections have been excellent in recent years.


Specialist Training


The Region provides particularly strong training in various subspecialties including-

  • paediatric dermatology,
  • skin cancer/ dermatological surgery
  • lymphoma,
  • Vulval dermatology
  • cutaneous allergy/Patch testing
  • dermatopathology
  • Epidermolysis Bullosa services- Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Solihull Hospital
  • Psychodermatology – Solihull hospital
  • Experience in toxic epidermal necrolysis - Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
  • Training in lasers - City Hospital. Hospital
  • Male genital dermatology - Solihull and Coventry. 


Post CCT Fellowships:

  • Epidermolysis Bullosa & Paediatric dermatology - Birmingham Children’s Hospital
  • Lymphoma- QE hospital


Buddy System


All new trainees to the region will be provided a “buddy” who is a current dermatology specialist registrar in the Deanery who they are welcome to contact prior to commencing their rotation as well as during their training, for information and guidance.





Page Last Updated 24th November 2020