General information about how foundation training is organised at 
Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Key local education provider personnel

Mr Deepak Gupta – Director of Medical Education
Miss Susan Chalstrey - Foundation Programme Director
Dr Jessica Daniel - Deputy Foundation Programme Director
Patricia Reeves - Postgraduate Medical Education Manager

Teaching information

F1 teaching is undertaken every Tuesday at 1230-1400 in the Academy. These sessions are ‘bleep free’.  Attendance is monitored and a minimum attendance rate of 75% is mandatory in order to achieve F1 sign-off. 

Simulation training is available for all F1’s to attend throughout the year. 

F2 teaching is undertaken every Wednesday at 1230-1400 in the Academy. These sessions are ‘bleep free’.  Attendance is monitored and contributes to the 60hrs of teaching attendance required (in conjunction with F2 regional teaching) in order to achieve F2 sign-off. 

Any communication regarding the teaching programme is carried-out via email so a reliable email address is essential.

Educational and Clinical supervision

An educational supervisor is allocated to each foundation doctor for the full employment period at the Trust (one/two years of their Foundation Programme) to maintain an overview of development and progress of the doctor within the training programme. 

Foundation trainees have a self selected clinical supervisor, for each four month post who will supervise the trainee in consultation with the Foundation Programme Director. An educational agreement will be completed at the initial meeting of each post. Mid point reviews (RIPP meetings) are required once a year. 

All Educational and Clinical Supervisors have attended Deanery approved training.

Terms and Conditions of employment

Appointment will be subject to the Terms and Conditions of Service of Hospital Medical and Dental Staff and Doctors in Public Health Medicine and the Community Health Service (England and Wales) – hereby referred to as Terms & Conditions of Service - as amended from time to time and any reference in those Terms and Conditions to an employing Authority shall be construed as if it were to include a reference to an employing Trust.

Rotation information

Full information about the rotation, location and content of placements is given in accompanying documents (Programme List and Placement Descriptions)

Start date

Week commencing 25 July 2016 (induction)


The salary scale is in accordance with the current national rate and placement within the scale will be in accordance with previous reckonable service.

Salary is paid monthly by credit transfer into your bank account on the 28th of each month, or the preceding Friday if the 28th should fall on a weekend.

Annual leave

Foundation Trainees are entitled to 27 days annual leave in the year.  The 27 days entitlement does not include the 8 days statutory holidays. If a foundation doctor works any part of a bank holiday they are entitled to an additional days leave in lieu. 

In some specialties there is some restriction on when a foundation doctor can take their leave during the 4 months period. The individual Directorates will inform the foundation doctor of any specific restrictions on when they can take leave.

Visa/Work permits/Leave to remain

The Trust will consider British /EEA nationals for appointment in the first instance. If the applicant is a non-resident of the United Kingdom or European Economic Union, they are required to have a valid work visa and leave to remain in the UK, which is renewed as required. The Trust is unable to employ or continue to employ the applicant/post holder if they require but do not have a valid work visa and/or leave to remain in the UK.


Downsview House is a newly built residences block on the Great Western Hospital site.  

There are 143 units comprising of 4/5 Room cluster Flats and Studios for single occupancy and 1 Bed Flats for couples (no children or pets allowed). A number of these rooms are fully adapted for wheelchair use.

Each room is en-suite and fully furnished with a single bed, wardrobe, drawers, desk, bookcase, desk and easy chair, lamp, radio alarm clock, mini kettle and mugs, pin board, waste bin and telephone. The room is also provided with bedding and towels that will be changed regularly. There is a cleaning service to the rooms; however, you are expected to keep your room in a clean and tidy condition.

Each cluster flat has a communal area for cooking, dining and socialising. These are fully furnished and equipped with kitchen units, cooker, hob, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, coffee maker, TV, Video, iron & ironing board, vacuum cleaner, mop & bucket, dining table & chairs, easy chairs and coffee table and all kitchen utensils, crockery, cutlery and saucepans.

The one bedroomed flats comprise a large kitchen/lounge/dining room, a double room, a shower room/pod and a cleaning/storage cupboard. These flats contain all the same elements that are in each of the en-suite rooms and cluster flats communal areas.

Current rates:  £367 per month (£85.75 per week) inclusive of bills. (Deposit:  £250 for stays of 3 months or longer.  £100 for stays of 1-3 months.  £50 for stays up to 1 month.)

For further information please contact Accommodation Office on 01793 605749