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We offer excellent ‘hands on’ Cardiothoracic courses at our state of the art facility, the world class West Midlands Surgical Training Centre.

Offering hands-on training in the heart of the UK is key to our success.

Course Introduction

This Surgical Trainees Workshop offers cardiothoracic and cardiology trainees and consultants the chance to gain hands-on training in small groups under the guidance of expert faculty.

Our workshops use a combination of pre-reading, discussion and dissection of fresh frozen human cadavers. Our courses provide trainees with an understanding of historical and contemporary surgical techniques, the immediate anatomy of the structures operated on and adjacent structures which may be involved in the event of other co-morbidities or complications.

The workshop ultimately aims to improve surgical safety, operative confidence and operative efficiency in a way that cannot be provided by routine surgical supervision or by other simulated environments.


The sessions are fully interactive with an emphasis placed on knowledgeable faculty who provide superior training and immediate feedback in a world class, yet practical and controlled workshop environment

 Participants will have the privilege of using willed donor fresh frozen cadaveric material, which we never take for granted, a superior teaching model due to its high degree of anatomical realism and near normal tissue properties.

 The West Midlands Surgical Training Centre is home to £ 1 million pounds worth of detailed anatomical plastinated prosections, there for delegates to observe and will assist during dissection.

Help and Guidance

Most courses are designed for surgeons, students or allied health professionals working in a particular specialty and/or at a particular stage in their careers. All course web pages include details of the appropriate specialties and training levels.

If you’re outside of these criteria or if in doubt, you should discuss the course with your assigned educational supervisor and if they think that it’s appropriate for you to attend please enquire via our contact us page.

What is my eligibility as an overseas candidate?

If you are not in a UK training post and are unsure of the level to which your knowledge and experience would correspond, please contact us.

What happens if book onto course and I am told that I am unsuitable?

It is your responsibility to ensure you fall within the relevant course. If your experience is below the required level we reserve the right to withdraw you from the course without compensation.

Certificates are issued approximately 2 weeks (often sooner) after your course via PDF.

This allows you time to complete the online evaluation; which closes after 1 week of your course.

Certificates of attendance will not be issued after this time.

Certificates are not provided to course observers or to delegates who have not completed the course.

Have you changed email? Has the centre got your correct contact details?

If you did not complete online feedback within 1 week of the course (and thus did not trigger the certificate process) you will not receive a certificate.

Unfortunately if more than 1 week has elapsed and you have not submitted feedback, duplicates will not be available.

If within this time frame please request a duplicate via our contact us page.

After any course you should complete feedback, your evaluation as a participant is an essential course requirement, enabling us to maintain the quality of courses we offer and help to improve future sessions

All feedback is conducted anonymously; names are only used to validate the responses
Completing online feedback links to our database and is a key trigger for the issue of certificates, if applicable for your course.

You should complete online feedback as soon as possible after your course and within 1 week of the end of the course when the online feedback will close.

Complete the online feedback even if you failed part of your course.

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Using our secure online booking system


On behalf of the West Midlands Surgical Training Centre and our Faculty, we wish to extend our thanks for your commitment to making our educational event so successful.

Your generous contribution to our training events, be it financial or with equipment contribution has helped ensure our vision for world class training has become a reality.

As we continue to grow as a Centre, please know that partnerships with our sponsors is vital to our success.


Meet The Faculty

All our clinical instructors are highly skilled at performing Cardiac Surgical Skills from extensive experience in our busy teaching hospital.



Download a programme for the next course and find out about what happens on the day including registration, timings, talks and the all important hands-on procedures.


Course Details

Cost: See individual courses
Duration: See individual courses
Course Lead:
Mr Uday Dandekar
West Midlands
Surgical Training Centre

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Meet The Faculty

General adult cardiac surgery
Coronary revascularisation, aortic and mitral valve surgery
Special interest in beating heart and arterial coronary artery bypass grafting
Telephone – 0247 6647000

Consultant Cardiac Surgeon

Consultant Cardiac Surgeon

Consultant Cardiac Surgeon
Adult Cardiac Surgery
Responsibilities at LHCH
Clinical Lead in Aortic Surgery and TAVI
Special Clinical interests
Surgery and Intervention of Aorta
Epicardial Pacing

Cardiac services
Special Interests Cardiothoracic Surgery
Myocardial revascularisation including beating heart surgery
Aortic Valve/Root Surgery
Pulmonary Surgery including VATS
Telephone – 02476 965675

General Thoracic Surgery
Adult Cardiac Surgery

Cardiothoracic Surgery