Welcome to the Foundation School

Welcome to the Peninsula Foundation School, part of Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education, which in turn is part of Health Education England, working across the South West.

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 since August 2005 all UK medical graduates have been 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, Reference Guide and Rough Guide to the Foundation Programme are all available from the Foundation Programme Office website and via the index links on this website.