Foundation Programme

The Foundation Programme at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust offers excellent training in a busy and supportive environment.  All our foundation trainees come from South Thames Foundation School. There are 38 F1 posts and 42 F2 posts, with placements on both main clinical sites - St Helier Hospital and Epsom Hospital.

F1 post placements in: Acute Medicine, Geriatrics, Endocrinology & Diabetes Mellitus, Respiratory, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Stroke, Haematology, Palliative Care, Psychiatry, General Surgery, Trauma & Orthopaedics, Orthogeriatrics, Urgent Care Centre, Urology & Mental Health in the community.

F2 posts placements in Accident & Emergency, Trauma & Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, Renal, ITU, Geriatrics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Respiratory, Orthogeriatrics, Urology, General Practice and General Surgery.

The programme is run by two clinician foundation training programme directors, the foundation training programme lead co-ordinator and the medical education manager. Trainees are supervised and supported by 100 clinical supervisors, 25 educational supervisors and nine careers advisors.

Foundation Programme - specific information

Induction/shadowing arrangements

  • Shadowing is arranged via the Foundation Programme lead co-ordinator
  • In addition during the last week of July incoming F1 doctors are invited to attend the pre-employment week of induction events which includes opportunities for shadowing.

Educational and clinical supervision

  • The Foundation Programme supervision team is comprised of 100 clinical supervisors, 25 educational supervisors and nine careers advisors
  • An educational supervisor is allocated for the first year of their foundation programme to maintain an overview of development and progress of the doctor within the training programme
  • Foundation trainees are allocated a clinical supervisor for each four month post who will supervise the trainee in consultation with the Programme Director
  • An educational agreement will be completed at the initial meeting for each post. Mid-point reviews are also required in each post.

Protected mandatory teaching

  • Learning and teaching occurs both in the workplace and in protected teaching. Protected teaching is three hours per week in the Postgraduate Medical Centre and will be video-linked from the August 2017 intake.

    F1 (Trustwide)
    Three hours protected teaching per week: Tuesdays (2pm – 5pm)

    F2 (Trustwide)
    St Helier: Wednesdays (9.30am – 12.30pm)

Simulation

  • The Trust provides a one day simulation training course in-house which is mandatory for F1s and F2s. Our F1 Simulation course introduces the trainees to the use of medium fidelity simulation in healthcare. The scenarios on this course are mapped to the Foundation Curriculum with particular emphasis on clinical skills, patient safety and communication
  • The F2 Simulation course builds upon the trainees’ experiences in their F1 year and encourages reflection upon any critical incidents which they may have observed. Scenarios are designed to challenge their clinical skills and also the non-technical skills, in particular problem solving, team working and situational awareness.

Tasters

  • A good selection of tasters are available including:
    Ophthalmology, Microbiology, Chemical Pathology, Dermatology, GU Medicine, Immunology, Radiology, Obs & Gynae, Diabetes, A&E, Renal Medicine, Paediatrics, Anaesthetics, Cardiology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Palliative Care, Respiratory Medicine, Orthopaedics and Gastroenterology. Each taster is arranged collaboratively with the trainee and the programme outline is designed around the individual trainee’s needs.

Forum and trainee reps

Key contacts

Karen Saridis, Foundation Programme Lead Co-ordinator
Tel: 01372 73 5175 / 0208 296 3219 / 07468716114
Email: karen.saridis@nhs.net

Martina Yanga, Medical Education Manager
Tel: 020 8296 3451 / 01372 735458
Email: martina.yanga@nhs.net

Key staff

Director of Medical Education
Dr John Clark

Foundation Training Programme Director
Dr Tharani Nitkunan (FTPD - F1)

Foundation Training Programme Director
Dr Emma Jones (FTPD - F2)

Medical Education Manager
Mrs Martina Yanga

Foundation Programme Leave Co-ordinator
Mrs Karen Saridis

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