General information about how foundation training is organised at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust

Teaching information

UHBW offer as many teaching sessions as possible remotely to enable UHBW Foundation doctors to access teaching across both sites. Foundation doctors are encouraged to attend departmental, ward teaching and Grand Rounds where possible. Foundation doctors will be expected to maintain their personal e-portfolio. This is to ensure they record their competences and development.

The F2 doctors attend a Regional programme of all day teaching and this is complimented by many weekly 2 hours sessions delivered locally throughout the year.

FY1: One dedicated Core Curriculum Teaching session per week.
FY2: One dedicated Core Curriculum Teaching session usually weekly.
All Foundation curriculum teaching sessions are currently held hybrid, attendance in person if on site or if off site has the option to join virtually.
FY1s are welcome to attend the FY2 core teaching, and visa-versa.

FY1: One dedicated bleep free Core Curriculum Teaching session per week.
FY2: One dedicated bleep free Core Curriculum Teaching session per week.
A surgical foundation teaching programme that runs for an hour weekly, also bleep free.
All Foundation curriculum teaching sessions are held in the Academy with as many as possible accessible remotely.
FY2s are welcome to attend the FY1 core teaching. 

Educational and Clinical supervision

All F1 and F2 doctors will have educational supervisors that provide continuity of support throughout the year along with support from the Foundation Programme Directors and Foundation Teams based at the Bristol and Weston sites.

A clinical supervisor will be allocated for each placement (four months) within the rotation. 

Terms and Conditions of employment

Your appointment will be subject to the Terms and Conditions of Service of Hospital Medical and Dental Staff (England and Wales) as amended from time to time.

All staff appointments are made subject to the receipt of satisfactory references and all initial appointments to the national health service are made subject to the NHS Employers Check Standards. 

Rotation information

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


The current pay scales are the national NHS rates as described in the annual pay circulars, details of which can be located on the NHS Employers website.

Salaries are calculated in accordance with the Medical and Dental Terms and Conditions of service. 

Annual leave

All foundation doctors are entitled to 27 days per year in addition to the statutory bank holidays. The 27 days are pro rata which equates to 9 days leave within each 4 months placement. It is a condition of your appointment that you take leave due to you during each part of any rotation. Any leave which you need to forward book during the next part of a rotation must be authorised by the Rota coordinator and the consultant under whom you will be working during that part of the rotation.

In some specialties there is some restriction on when a foundation doctor can take their leave during the 4 month placements depending upon the nature and design of the rota. The individual departments will inform the foundation doctor of any specific restrictions on when they can take leave.

Annual leave must be booked 6 weeks prior to the intended date of leave. If a foundation doctor works any part of a bank holiday they are entitled to an additional days leave in lieu.
Staff should normally take no more than two weeks annual leave at any one time. In exceptional circumstances variations to this will be considered and will be subject to the approval of appropriate divisional management. 

Visa/Work permits/Leave to remain

If the applicant is a non-resident of the United Kingdom 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.



Our accommodation is located on Alfred Hill, less than 5 minutes from the main Bristol hospital sites.  Applicants must be made aware that this would be a short-term arrangement (one month) only and on a first-come-first served basis, as we now have very limited single accommodation.

For further information please contact the Residences office or Tel 0117 342 4030.


On-site accommodation is limited. For further information please contact Mrs. Mary Gregory, Accommodation Manager: or Tel 01934 613343.