Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP)

Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP) have been developed to support specific areas of the UK that have historically found it difficult to attract and retain doctors in training through the foundation and specialty recruitment processes. The main aim is to maximise the opportunity for applicants who wish to be located in less popular areas and therefore improve supply for specialty training and beyond. As part of this process, applicants have the opportunity to rank individual priority programmes that have been determined by a specific location as part of the application form. Successful applicants will be offered specific programmes prior to national allocation to foundation schools.

For 2022 Severn is offering 21 Foundation Priority Programmes at Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Leadership - 18 Programmes

18 Priority Programmes will have a Leadership-themed incentive attached to the F1 year. All FPP-appointed F1s will be given the opportunity to be part of the leadership apprentice programme. This is a year-long programme to improve leadership skills with leadership accreditation. Please see the full Programme list for details of the rotations - the Programme preference numbers are below.

SEV/RA4F101/RA4F206/001 SEV/RA4F103/RA4F203/007 SEV/RA4F105/RA7F203/013
SEV/RA4F101/RA4F206/002 SEV/RA4F103/RA4F203/008 SEV/RA4F105/RA7F203/014
SEV/RA4F101/RA4F206/003 SEV/RA4F103/RA4F203/009 SEV/RA4F105/RA7F203/015
SEV/RA4F102/RD1F202/004 SEV/RA4F104/RD1F208/010 SEV/RA4F106/RA7F204/016
SEV/RA4F102/RD1F202/005 SEV/RA4F104/RD1F208/011 SEV/RA4F106/RA7F204/017
SEV/RA4F102/RD1F202/006 SEV/RA4F104/RD1F208/012 SEV/RA4F106/RA7F204/018

Medical Education - 3 Programmes

3 Priority Programmes will have a Medical Education-themed incentive attached the the F2 year, in addition to the the leadership incentive for the F1 year (as above). During FY2 successful applicants will:

  • have a rostered afternoon per week (pro rata) to develop their educational leadership skills, supervised by the Foundation Programme Director

  • be actively involved in the postgraduate education department

  • attend the weekly medical education meeting and be involved in the education away days

  • take a lead role in the organisation and implementation of the F1 and F2 teaching programme as well as Grand rounds

  • have a strategic role in enhancing medical education throughout YDH with consideration made to running courses

  • complete a distance learning Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education at Bristol University

Please see the full Programme list for details of the rotations - the Programme preference numbers are below.


Psychiatry Foundation Fellowships (PFF)

The programme aims to improve exposure to the specialty and ensure that foundation doctors are supported in their interest in psychiatry throughout the programme, maintaining and enhancing their enthusiasm for the specialty. This is especially important for those who may have limited opportunity to explore their interest via a clinical placement. The aim of the scheme is to identify medical students who have expressed an interest in psychiatry as a potential career choice and to support them through to application for specialty training. As well as having access to educational opportunities relevant to psychiatry e.g. funded attendance at relevant conferences, on-line learning and psychiatry journals, foundation doctors will also access psychiatric supervision and be able to attend reflective Balint groups. The aim is to introduce a strong emphasis on the psychological aspects of medicine throughout foundation training to enhance the educational opportunities afforded in non-psychiatric rotations for those keen to develop expertise in this area. Fellows may also choose to be linked to College faculties to provide additional mentoring in a potential subspecialty (e.g. child and adolescent, perinatal etc). Psychiatry supervisors will deliver psychiatric supervision which will run on a longitudinal basis throughout the two-year programme. 

Offers for these posts will be made as part of the national allocation to foundation schools for standard Foundation Programmes (FP).

Please see the full Programme list for details of the rotations - the Programme preference numbers are below.