The West Midlands South Foundation School covers the area immediately south of Birmingham, including Coventry to the east, Worcester to the south, and Hereford to the south west. Along with West Midlands Central and West Midlands North, this School is part of the Health Education West Midlands Foundation Schools.
Hospital Trusts in West Midlands South
There are five hospital trusts in the West Midlands South Foundation School, covering a variety of locations and services. The only linked university in the area is the University of Birmingham.
South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, including South Warwick Hospital;
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, including University Hospital, Coventry;
George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, including George Eliot Hospital, Nuneaton;
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, including Worcester Royal Hospital, Worcester Mental Health Hospital, Alexandra Hospital, and St Richards Hospice; and
Wye Valley NHS Trust, including Hereford County Hospital.
In 2018, there were 159 posts available in West Midlands South, with a competition ratio of 0.53.
Successful applicants to any of the West Midlands Deanery Foundation Schools will be allocated to an F1 programme, with a second application process for F2 during the first year. Trainees may be moved to any trust within the West Midlands during F2, and not necessarily within the same foundation school.
There are a number of different programmes available across the school, with more information on the last intake here. LTFT is available for those who are eligible, and linked applications are honoured at trust level. There is no provision for overseas placements.
Academic Foundation Programme
All three West Midlands Schools are considered as a single UoA. Over the region there are 30 academic posts available, consisting of 10 programmes with three places on each. AFP rotations are four months long, and there are three per year. The F2 year includes a dedicated academic placement of four months. The West Midlands UoA offers programmes on
Endocrinology and Diabetes,
Acute Internal Medicine,
Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery,
General Practice, and
Additionally, each position is linked to the Universities of Birmingham, Keele, or Warwick.
Some F2 posts in the West Midlands offer the opportunity to pursue training in medical education, but candidates are encouraged to contact the deanery in question to enquire about specific details.