Foundation Doctor's 2023 Guide to West Midlands South
Updated for 2023 Applicants
West Midlands South Foundation School is part of Health Education England West Midlands. It spans across Coventry, Worcester and Hereford. With only 159 posts available, it’s one of the smaller Foundation Schools.
Coventry University Hospital is the tertiary centre in the region, with 1,250 beds, specialising in many areas, from cardiothoracic surgery to being a major trauma centre, and is good for those wanting a greater variety of sub-specialty exposure and cutting-edge research. The other hospitals in the region are quieter district hospitals, with more of a community atmosphere.
For those keen on commuting from Birmingham (the nearest big city), it is about 30-45 minutes to Nuneaton, Coventry & Redditch, and slightly longer to Worcester. But these places have their own delights which you may miss out on by commuting.
Both Hereford & Worcester are cities full of Anglo-Saxon, Roman, Medieval and Tudor history, with cathedrals, museums and gorgeous buildings.
In terms of transport, the train network is superb and the area is also covered in motorways.
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Foundation School Statistics
2022 F1 Places: 173
2022 F1 Applicants: 86
2022 Competition Ratio: 0.50
2021 F1 Places: 152
2021 F1 Applicants: 87
2021 Competition Ratio: 0.57
Below is an interactive bar chart displaying the competition ratios, lowest entry scores, and the number of posts over the past 5 years.
Please note that the 2022 data for lowest entry score is not yet available, we will update this graph when it is.
How Does West Midlands South Compare To Other Foundation Schools?
Check out our article "What are the most competitive foundations schools?" for a full breakdown.
Hospitals, Rotation Scores, CQC Ratings
In the chart below you'll find a list of hospitals attached to the West Midlands South Foundation School, and an average of their Rotation Scores from Messly’s Training Navigator. Each rotation is given a score out of 100, which is based on a weighted average of ratings given by Foundation Trainees in the 2022 GMC NTS. The national average Rotation Score is 62 for reference.
Colours correspond to the latest CQC rating of that hospital.
Disclaimer: Please note that hospitals are unscored when there are insufficient responses by Foundation Trainees to the GMC’s NTS survey.
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