West Midlands Training School

West Midlands Training School

West Midlands

Multiheader Microscope training at the Cellular Pathology Department, Royal Wolverhampton Hospital

Website: https://sites.google.com/view/wmhistopathology

Training School Lead:

Dr Nabeel Salmons

The Ken Scott Cellular Pathology Laboratory, Royal Wolverhampton Hospital, Wednesfield Road, Wolverhampton, WV10 0QP

Email: nsalmons@nhs.net

Tel: 01902 695288 ext 8273

Training School Deputy:

Prof David Snead

Department of Cellular Pathology, University Hospital Coventry

Email: david.snead@uhcw.nhs.uk



Contact person(s) for arranging Cellular Pathology taster sessions:

Dr N Salmons (Royal Wolverhampton Hospital)

Email: nsalmons@nhs.net

Tel: 01902 695288


Dr  J Walker (University Hospital North Staffs)

Email: Jane.Walker@uhnm.nhs.uk


Dr A Moulla (Coventry and Warwick Hospital)

Email: Alexandra.Moulla@uhcw.nhs.uk

No. of trainees per school / deanery:

37 (which include 6 ST1 posts)

ST1 rotations:

6 posts at:

  • University Hospital North Staffordshire
  • Royal Wolverhampton Hospital (teaching hospital of University Hospitals Birmingham)
  • University Hospital Coventry

There are currently 6 ST1s in post each year. Each of the above three sites have up to 2 ST1 places available. ST1s are allocated to one of the 3 training centres on the basis of our statutory obligations, personal preferences, ranking at interview and placement availability. When choosing to train in the West Midlands trainees must be prepared to work in any one of the 3 units at ST1 level.

All sites have a similar structure with ‘core exposure’ to surgical pathology (‘cut-up’, reporting biopsies and resection specimens), cytopathology (gynae and non-gynae) and post mortems.  All of the hospitals are large and busy with a wide range of surgical and medical speciality services, and are cancer centres with a wealth of valuable learning opportunities.

Each unit has a range of other grades of trainee from F2 through to ST5+ the specialist trainees are all on the West Midlands training programme.

Consultants and the other trainees are very supportive of ST1’s and continually receive very good feedback and experience as they start the rest of their run through training in histopathology.

ST2-5 rotations:

Split into Northern and Eastern rotations in the West Midlands:

  1. “Northern” rotation includes University hospital North Staffs, Shrewsbury, Walsall and Wolverhampton.
  2. “Eastern” rotation includes University hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, Heart of England hospitals, Birmingham and City Hospitals. Wolverhampton hospital can also accommodate “Eastern” trainees.

All (ST2-5) trainees will be posted to University Hospital Birmingham, Royal Orthopaedic, Birmingham Women’s and Birmingham Children’s hospitals for specialist attachments

Trainees will be allocated to “Northern and Eastern” rotations during ST1 year based on preference, availability and ranking at interview (if required). Most will achieve first preference, but final confirmation during ST1 year will occur.

Training programme for ST1’s:

The bulk of training is by the ‘apprenticeship model’ with all trainees being closely supervised in all work. This is supplemented by formal teaching sessions.  Trainees work closely with Consultant trainers/supervisor typically rotating through all specialities and different supervisors throughout the year.  For histopathology and cytopathology following trainee assessment, cases are checked and ‘signed out’ with the supervisor via ‘double headed’ microscope work.  Post mortem training is via a similar model in with progressive involvement in all aspects of that work.  The local formal teaching typically comprises a ‘black box’ within each department i.e. structured often weekly slide seminars of appropriate educational cases.

These are supplemented by in house tutorials. Regular local training days specifically directed for ST1 training (approximately 10/year) are held to consolidate learning within individual departments.

One week block teaching weeks arranged in September in Bristol (National attendance by all trainees); November in Birmingham (Central Cluster) and January in Cambridge (Central Cluster).

Cluster for your school:

Central cluster – West Midlands, East Midlands, East of England

Health Education England (Deanery) for your area:

Karlene Richards, West Midlands Deanery, St Chads Court, 213 Hagley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B16 9RG

Email: karlene.richards@wm.hee.nhs.uk

Website: www.westmidlandsdeanery.nhs.uk

Head of School or TPD’s:

Dr A Bhatnagar (North Midlands rotation) – Joint TPD

The Ken Scott Cellular Pathology Laboratory, Location C37, Pathology Building, New Cross Hospital, Wednesfield Road, Wolverhampton, WV10 0QP

Email: anjali.bhatnagar@nhs.net

Tel: 01902 695287 / 5288 Ext: 8281


Dr R Hejmadi (East rotation) – Join TPD

University Hospital Birmingham, Mindelsohn Way, Edgbaston, Birmingham

Email: Rahul.Hejmadi@uhb.nhs.uk