The Foundation Programme offers training opportunities within an
acute care setting with support from Tees Esk and Wear Valley Mental
Health NHS Trust for Psychiatry placements in F1 and F2. County
Durham and Darlington supports the principle of cross-trusts
training and will continue to explore collaboration with
The attachments in F1 provide structured, supported
and comprehensive training opportunities in Medicine and Surgery
specialties and Intensive Care. This training will be consolidated
and strengthened during the "speciality" attachments in F2, where
areas of interest will provide in-depth opportunities for a
continuum as far as patients' care pathways are concerned.
Dermatology and GUM came together to provide an exciting
placement from August 2007 along with Plastic Surgery and accident
and emergency placing F1's for first time.
All F1 posts were transferred onto the New Junior Doctor
Contract 2016 at the beginning of December 2016. These posts
fully comply with the T & Cs of the New Contract.
This is the second year that we have matched F1 and F2
posts into a full 2 year rotation with 6 individual
placements. This has been changed following
feedback from previous trainees, who have wanted to know their full
2 year rotations. All posts now have a coprehensive Work
Schedule which outlines the training opportunities within each
rotation and details of the rota in that department.
It is a requirement that F2 rotations should include a rotation in
General Practice, Psychiatry or a Community Placement. 55% of
the F2 rotations provide a General Practice placement within the
County Durham area. Psychiatry F2 posts have become
increasingly popular, as well as our Academic Medicine Post at
UHND, with further opportunities to develop the links with
community and acute placements during the next year.
All of our posts have full accreditation with the Health
Education England - North East, Foundation School.
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