What is the Foundation Programme?

The Foundation Programme is a two-year generic training programme which forms the bridge between medical school and specialist/general practice training. Trainees will have the opportunity to gain experience in a series of placements in a variety of specialties and healthcare settings.

F1 - The first year of the Foundation Programme builds upon the knowledge, skills and competences acquired in undergraduate training. The learning objectives for this year are set by the General Medical Council. In order to attain full registration with the GMC, doctors must achieve specific competences by the end of this year (see the GMC website for more details).

F2 – The second year of the Foundation Programme builds on the first year of training. The F2 year main focus is on training in the assessment and management of the acutely ill patient. Training also encompasses the generic professional skills applicable to all areas of medicine – team work, time management, communication and IT skills.

More information on the Foundation Programme can be found on the national Foundation Programme website.

What is a Foundation School?

Foundation schools are the organisational unit responsible for foundation programme training. A foundation school is usually associated with a deanery – in our case, the Severn Foundation School has the same geographical ‘footprint’ as  Severn Postgraduate Medical Education.

For more about Foundation Schools and the roles of those in them, see Who's Who in the Foundation Programme and the Severn Foundation School Structure.

What is the Severn area like?

On the following pages, you will find information about the various hospital trusts which make up Severn PGME, as well as some details about the towns and cities in which you will be working and living.

Some links on these pages will take you to websites outside of Severn PGME's  control. Severn PGME is not responsible for any of the information published on external websites.

The Area

Useful Websites

Foundation Programme
Specialty Training

Key Documents

For key documents please see the UK National Foundation Programme Website