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Posts & Programmes

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 neighbouring Trusts.

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.

December 2016

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. 

New for August 2017

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.

'In recent times, I have utilised admissions to Richardson for respite direct from my fracture clinic, even at weekends. I have never worked anywhere with this efficiency before - it is reassuring and invaluable for the patient.'

Patient, Lowson / Starling Wards, Richardson Hospital