Welcome to the Peninsula Foundation School, part of the South West Peninsula Postgraduate Deanery.
Foundation Training is a two year planned programme of supervised clinical practice designed to bridge the gap between undergraduate and postgraduate medical specialty training. The Foundation Programme forms part of the UK wide Modernising Medical Careers strategy and from August 2005 all UK medical graduates have begun undertaking the programme. The programme is also open to EEA and International medical graduates who meet the person specification and the relevant immigration rules that apply to working as a doctor in the UK.
Junior Doctors work in managed programmes, consisting of:
- A formal curriculum
- A structured educational programme
- Workplace-based competence assessments
- Access to careers advice
The first foundation year (F1) replaces the year previously spent working as a pre-registration house officer (PRHO). UK graduates will be eligible for full registration with the GMC once F1 has successfully been completed. Foundation year 2 (F2) replaces the first year previously spent as a senior house officer (SHO).
Generic skills required by every doctor are learnt, as well as professional skills such as communication, team working and the use of evidence and data. Trainees are required to demonstrate their abilities and provide evidence of their competence.
The National Curriculum, Learning Portfolio, Operational Framework and Rough Guide to the Foundation Programme are all available from the Foundation Programme Office website http://www.foundationprogramme.nhs.uk/ and via the index links on this website.
Contributors to the Foundation Programme include: the Department of Health, the postgraduate deaneries, the BMA, the GMC, PMETB and the medical royal colleges.