Foundation Doctor's Guide to West Midlands North
West Midlands North Foundation School covers the region north of Birmingham including Wolverhampton, Stoke-on-Trent & Shrewsbury. There are 2 tertiary hospitals in the region, including Royal Stoke University Hospital (the major trauma centre in the region) and Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (specialist centre for acute surgery).
Foundation School Statistics
2020 F1 Places: 244
2020 F1 Applicants: 131 (42 Academic Foundation posts across the West Midlands)
2020 Competition Ratio: 0.54
2019 Competition Ratio: 0.72
From early 2021, Messly’s updated Training Navigator will be released which will show in-depth reviews & GMC ratings on each Foundation Training rotation in each deanery.
- County Hospital
- Harplands Hospital
- Manor Hospital
- New Cross Hospital
- Queen’s Hospital, Burton Upon Trent
- Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
- Royal Stoke University Hospital
- Russells Hall Hospital
- The Princess Royal Hospital
A Doctor’s View
“For me, the big reason to moving back to this area was to be closer to family. However, being almost in Central England it’s a great place to be. Not only is there so much going on locally, but there are many transport links to other parts of the country.
I live in Birmingham and currently work in Wolverhampton. Living in Birmingham is great, it really is undergoing a social revolution. A new generation of bars, restaurants as well as other activities are popping up every week. One big highlight is Digbeth Dining Club! Within the deanery itself there is a lot of inter-mess socialising. We aim to hold an event together every couple of months – a great way to meet new people and have a great time!
In general I have found that I have been well supported at the hospitals I have worked at, everyone is happy to help and nobody ever feels alone.
Transport links are very good, not only are there motorway links to almost everywhere, but there is a great bus service, train service and in some areas – the tram!
West Midland’s North really is a great place to live and work!”
Navdeep Bhamra, Mess Champion, Foundation Year 2 at New Cross Hospital
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