West Midlands Paediatric Trainees' Committee 

Who are we?

Dedicated trainee representatives have been part of West Midlands paediatric training for over a decade. The trainee committee has expanded over the past few years, to enable greater trainee input and support to fellow trainees. We now have a committee made up of around 10 trainees at any one time, with a rolling structure to build in sustainability. 

Our roles are defined, but we all work together to represent trainees and to facilitate communication between trainees and the School of Paediatrics Board members.  

We all applied for our roles, which are voluntary positions. If you see us around, feel free to say hello and give us your feedback!

What support is there?

To help support the trainee group, the Trainee Representatives aim to deliver feedback to the School of Paediatrics Board members (Head of School plus Training Programme Directors and College Tutors), in order to drive improvements in training/ trainee support, identify problems within Hospital Trusts and ensure sustainable change.

The Trainee Representatives are available at Regional Teaching Days and within their own hospitals.

Alternatively, they can be contacted by email (westmidlandspaediatrics@gmail.com) or through this website. Please use the form below to enter any feedback relating to training, including feedback about:

  • Induction

  • Training posts

  • Trainee welfare/ support (including exam support/ transition from ST3 to ST4)

  • Regional teaching

  • Ideas for improvements you'd like us to facilitate

  • Anything else you are concerned about!

All information is treated completely confidentially and will only be seen by the Trainee Representatives.

What have we done so far?

Please see the 'you said, we did' page of the website for information on our achievements

We also have a common set of responsibilities that we all undertake. Our responsibilities include:

  • To receive feedback from trainees we represent

  • To present this feedback to school board and relevant staff

  • To disseminate decisions and information back to trainees

  • To assist the WM School of Paediatrics in decision making by providing trainee representation and advice 

  • To participate and lead projects on a regional basis to help improve the training experience.

  • To maintain the trainee website www.westmidlandspaediatrics.com

  • To assist the HEE WM faculty support team with the monthly newsletter

  • To assist in responding to trainee queries

  • To participate in Trainee committee meetings (held aprox 3-4 times per year to fit with committee members commitments, with ad hoc meetings and communications as needed)

  • To attend HEE WM School of Paediatrics board meetings where available to (held aprox 4 times a year)

Trainee Representatives:

  • Academic Trainees Representative- Dr Elizabeth Baranowski

  • International Medical Graduates Representative - Dr Sivakami Balasubramanian

  • Less than full time Trainee Representatives (ST1-8) - Dr Hannah Cooper, Dr Sahiti Koneru, Dr Susanne Elliott and Dr Ashish Patel

  • RCPCH Regional Trainee Representative - Dr Laura Kelly

  • ST1-3 Trainee Representatives -  Dr Elke Reunis and Dr Hannah Coakley

  • ST4-8 Trainee Representatives - Dr Anna Smith, Dr Ceri Chadwick and Dr Isha Nijjar

  • Committee secretary - Dr Anna Darbyshire​

  • Trainee Welfare Representative (ST1-8) - Dr Shona Brothwell​

Trainee Rep Contact Form:
Want to be involved?

We are always looking for people to be involved.  If you have ideas for deanery wide projects, ways to improve this site, you would like to be a Trainee Rep, or are keen to help in any way, then email westmidlandspaediatrics@gmail.com

 

 

Trainee Reps:
This section is for the current Trainee Rep Committee and is password protected.

 

 

Feedback or questions

For any feedback on this site or ongoing questions, let us know

  • Black Facebook Icon
  • Black Twitter Icon