The Foundation Programme team organises separate teaching
programmes for F1s and F2s with identical programmes running on
both the Durham and Darlington sites.
For F1s, teaching in the south takes place on Wednesdays and
Thursdays in the North approximately every 2 weeks with F2
teaching on alternative weeks. The programmes are
arranged on alternative weeks to allow flexibility for trainees to
attend and takes place for 2 hours to allow time to
return to the wards and departments before the end of the day. The
teaching is bleep-free by arrangement within the department with
There are certain courses that are mandatory during the F1 year.
These courses constitute the Professional Development
Programme for Foundation Programme Doctors.
Resuscitation Training - By the end of the F2
year all trainees will have completed an Advanced Life Support and
Immediate Life Support course. Those trainees in Paediatrics will
also do Neo-natal Life Support (NLS) and Paediatric Life Support
AIM Course - Acute Illness Management Course is
a one-day interprofessional course developed to standardise the
clinical approach to the recognition, assessment and management of
acutely ill adult patients.
All Foundation Doctors in FY1 and FY2 have scheduled clinical
simulation training as part of their clinical training
programme. These are scheduled over the period of the 2 year
programme and allows trainees to develop Clinical Skills/Human
It is very easy to take advantage of the departmental
teaching/journal clubs that happen across the Trust due to the vast
amount that takes place. There are also a variety of other
educational opportunities that are made available to FP doctors
during their rotations.
FP trainees can take the opportunity to have a "taster week" in
a speciality that they are considering or are interested in as a
career choice that they have not been able to experience.
All F1's are allocated an experienced and trained Educational
Supervisor who will remain the same for the whole 2 years. They
will have regular meetings to develop and effective relationship.
This will provide appraisal and mentoring functions including
Clinical supervision shall vary according to the placement but
will incorporate a defined relationship with an individual. The
relationship shall provide induction, objective setting, on the job
teaching, competence assessment, formative feedback, summative
feedback and agreed outcomes
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community