West Midlands

The West Midlands is supported by a dedicated Royal College of Physicians (RCP) regional office, with advisers who steer the education programme for the region.

They each have a quality assurance role for both the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the West Midlands Deanery, and all form part of the West Midlands Postgraduate School of Medicine board

Education

The West Midlands regional office is involved with a range of educational activities both regional and national, including:

  • two major conferences per year
  • 3-day residential Birmingham movement disorders course every 2 years aimed at trainees in neurology and geriatric medicine
  • regular general medicine and acute medicine SpR training days
  • national radioiodine training days
  • CMT PACES communication skills and teaching.

The regional office coordinates and facilitates the MRCP Part 1 and Part 2 examinations held in Birmingham. Approval for consultant and specialty doctor job descriptions is coordinated through the regional office for new and replacement appointments for the region.

Pilot project: Enabling the medical registrar on take

This report is a summary of discussions with many medical registrars in the region, and face-to-face site visits to registrars and College tutors in 13 of our hospitals in the West Midlands. We believe that there are many examples of good practice in our region which, if adopted by others, would make a real change for the better in the West Midlands.

RCP regional office, West Midlands

Royal College of Physicians – West Midlands regional office
Birmingham Research Park Limited
Institute of Research & Development
Vincent Drive
Birmingham  
B15 2SQ

Tel: +44 (0)121 414 7020
Fax: +44 (0)121 414 7408
Email: westmidlands@rcplondon.ac.uk

Office opening hours

Monday: 9.30am–1.45pm
Tuesday: 8am–4.30pm
Wednesday: 8am–4.30pm
Thursday: 8.30am–2pm
Friday: 8.30am–2pm

Office hours may vary depending on educational events and attendance at meetings.

Contacts

Regional managers
Helen Flood
Email: Helen.Flood@rcplondon.ac.uk

Susan Pope
Email: Susan.Pope@rcplondon.ac.uk

Deputy regional manager
Sue Cyprus
Email: Sue.Cyprus@rcplondon.ac.uk

Office assistant
Jayne Richards
Email: Jayne.Richards@rcplondon.ac.uk

Regional advisers

Dr Kanwaljit Sandhu
Email: Kanwaljit.Sandhu@nhs.net
Dr Sandhu works as a consultant nephrologist at Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust.

Dr Jatt Khaira
Email: Jattinder.Khaira@uhb.nhs.uk
Dr Khaira works as a consultant in stroke and general medicine at University Hospitals Birmingham.

Dr Andrew MacLeod, RCP CPD regional adviser
Email: drafmacleod@gmail.com
Dr MacLeod works as a consultant endocrinologist at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

Approval of job descriptions

For the approval of job descriptions please email westmidlands@rcplondon.ac.uk. Further information and guidance on job planning is available from Advisory Appointments Committees (AAC).

School of medicine

The Royal College of Physicians has supported the creation of specialty-based schools of medicine within each deanery, which will supervise trainees within basic medical training and all 30 higher specialist training programmes. 
 
Heads of schools have now been appointed in most deaneries. The appointment process was deanery-based, with the posts being advertised. In most cases the RCP and the deanery cooperated, which variously included the RCP commenting on the job description, advertising the role to fellows, and being represented on the appointment panel. In the majority of cases the person appointed has previously served as a regional adviser.