Specialised Foundation Programmes in the Peninsula
The recruitment process for two year Specialised Foundation Programmes commencing August 2023 opens on 7th September 2022. For more information, the UKFPO Applicant’s Handbook is available on the UKFP website. Recruitment will be managed via the national online recruitment system, Oriel. From August 2023 Peninsula and Severn Foundation Schools will be separate Units of Application for Specialised Foundation Programme recruitment. The Peninsula Foundation Specialised Unit of Application (SUoA) offers 8 of the 10 posts available in the Peninsula, as described below. The 2 Research Posts based in Exeter are recruited to via the South West Research Specialised Foundation Programme Vacancy, which is a separate SUoA.
For more information (including FAQs, Enquiries and Appeal information) please see the main South West Specialised Foundation Programme Information Page.
Shortlisting for the 8 Education and Leadership and Management programmes will be carried out for all applicants using the following White Space Questions depending on programme type:
Career Goals, Achievements/Experience (both questions), Programme Interests (select both Education and Teaching AND Leadership), Education and teaching (both questions) and the Leadership question.
Please ensure that both Education and Teaching and Leadership are selected under programme interests and all questions under the headings are completed as both questions will be used to shortlist for both programme types. If you leave a question blank you will be disadvantaged during the shortlisting process.
The Teamworking and General questions will not be used by the Peninsula but may be used by other Specialised Units of Application, so please check the websites of the other SUoAs you may be applying for, to ensure you answer all required questions.
Peninsula Foundation School – 10 Posts
6 x Education Foundation Programmes based 2 each in Truro, Exeter and Torbay
2 x Leadership and Management Foundation Programmes based in Torbay
2 x Research Foundation Programmes based in Exeter (PLEASE NOTE THE RESEARCH POSTS ARE ADVERTISED SEPARATELY UNDER THE SOUTH WEST REGION RESEARCH PROGRAMME VACANCY WHICH IS A SEPARATE SUoA)
The Peninsula Foundation School offers 10 Specialised Foundation Programmes offering a range of opportunities for academic clinicians focusing on research careers and clinicians who want to develop special interests in Education and Teaching, or Leadership and Management. Each programme starts with a generic clinical F1 year comprising 3x4 month rotations. In F2, the pattern is for 2x6 months clinical posts with time allocated either in-week or in separate clinical/specialised weeks depending on the type of specialised programme. One of the 6-month posts may be pre- determined by the trust. For the second 6-month post, each post-holder will be offered a limited choice of clinical specialty, with the final decision dependant on a combination of trainee preference, availability, F1 experience, the requirement to provide a broad training programme and the Foundation Programme Director’s view of any individual educational needs. The F2 year will however need to include acute medicine.
Education and Leadership and Management posts
Research posts (ADVERTISED SEPARATELY UNDER THE SOUTH WEST REGION RESEARCH PROGRAMME VACANCY WHICH IS A SEPARATE SUoA)
These posts provide exciting opportunities to develop key skills and experience in Medical Education or Leadership and Management while also gaining the generic foundation capabilities through a clinical placement in the acute trust.
Successful Education applicants complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education. Leadership & Management applicants complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Management, Leadership and Innovation.
It is not possible to choose/swap which Postgraduate Certificate you undertake.
Applicants based at Truro and Torbay complete their Postgraduate Certificates through the University of Plymouth Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.
Applicants based at Exeter complete their Postgraduate Certificates through the University of Exeter.
The F1 year is a standard F1 programme with 5 study days to attend the first module of the Postgraduate Certificate and the associated learning sets.
These posts will be of particular interest to those aspiring to an academic career, but the research skills will be generic and the experience of benefit to anyone with an interest in health and health service research.
Wide ranging research possibilities exist through the University of Exeter Medical School. Each research foundation trainee has the opportunity to preference their research area, such as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Mental Health, Environment and Human Health, Dementia and Ageing, Evidence synthesis and modelling for health improvement, Primary Health Care, and Diabetes.