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Date: 10 April 2020

Time: 03:34

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Medical education

Part of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB), Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) is a Major Trauma Centre and hosts the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, treating all seriously injured British military personnel evacuated from overseas.

UHB’s wide range of services includes:

  • oncology and haematology
  • major trauma
  • burns
  • neurosciences
  • the largest solid organ transplantation programme in Europe
  • the largest single-floor critical care unit in the world

Doctors in training

QEHB is the major teaching hospital in the West Midlands, working in partnership with Health Education West Midlands to provide placements across all our specialties and at all stages of training. We also work closely with the internationally recognised University of Birmingham (UoB). QEHB is co-located with UoB’s Medical School, enabling us to work with its education team to provide education and training for its students.

Medical students

Each year we host approximately 500 students across the three clinical years from the University of Birmingham Medical School. As a medical student on placement at UHB you will experience a huge range of patient care across most clinical specialties. You will also be provided with teaching and training by nationally and internationally renowned consultant specialists, and our approachable medical undergraduate administrative team will be on hand to offer support.

Our teaching programmes are delivered by a wide range of medical consultants, nurses, therapists and our team of dedicated teaching fellows. Education is provided in a variety of settings and through a range of learning interventions, enabling students to learn in a way that best suits them.
We have excellent facilities for medical students on placement, including designated lecture and teaching rooms, library, and common and locker rooms. Students greatly value their time training in our clinical skills and simulation environment. The facilities on offer enable them to practice and gain competence in a range of the clinical skills they will need when qualified.

Postgraduate trainees

As a junior doctor in training:

  • we will offer you development opportunities in an organisation with an internationally held reputation for clinical excellence and teaching
  • you will have the chance to work and learn in a hospital that delivers a wide range of acute and specialist services
  • you will experience delivery of patient care across various specialties

Our dedicated medical education team supports all junior doctors at the Trust. The team ensures that trainee education and clinical experience is of the highest quality, adhering to the Trust’s values of respect, responsibility, honesty and innovation.

We provide rotations for trainee doctors from both years of the national Foundation Programme with clinical placements and a teaching programme based on the Foundation Curriculum. As trainees progress through training, postgraduate medical education becomes more specialty-based.

UHB provides clinical placements and administers a specific teaching programme for core medical trainees. Core surgical trainees are supported through a West Midlands Regional Teaching Programme currently hosted by UHB, with clinical placements in all surgical specialties. There are also several clinical placements for GP trainees. Higher specialty trainees are all supported by clinical placements and regionally based training programmes run by the relevant royal colleges and regional postgraduate schools.

For all clinical placements at any level the Trust provides GMC-accredited clinical and educational supervision. Education provision is in the form of:

  • team training opportunities in a clinical skills/simulation environment
  • e-learning and classroom-based teaching
  • leadership and management development opportunities
  • participation in a range of clinical audit, research, case reviews and grand rounds

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