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The South East Region has twelve Foundation Programmes. S12 is an Academic Programme. Further information about Academic Programmes can be found here.

All rotations are indicative and subject to change.

If allocated to a Foundation Programme in the South East Region, you will be allocated to Foundation Year 1 in the first instance. Options for rotation in the second year of your programme will be available part-way through Foundation Year 1, where you will be given a list of Individual Programmes within your Programme Group to rank in order of preference and you will be allocated to an Individual Programme for Foundation Year 2.  Your individual Foundation Programme Director will coordinate this allocation process within your allocated programme which will take into account your preferences. This will take place in advance of the timetable for specialty training applications.

Post allocation is considered over the whole two year programme. The trainee is asked to rank all of the F2 posts in their programme from 1 to 15 (or 18) in order of preference. They are also asked to supply a paragraph on career intentions. 

Each foundation doctor will undertake three of these posts, but the rotations are not pre-established. Instead, the rotation is individually constructed by the programme director taking into account the preferences of the foundation doctor while ensuring a broad range of different specialties are experienced, balancing both the individuals' training needs and overall allocation for trainees in his/her foundation programme.

Over the two years, all trainees will have a minimum of one post in Edinburgh and one post outwith the city. This ensures a balanced programme involving Teaching Hospital and District General Hospital experience. 

A maximum of three surgical posts will be permitted over the two year programme. Surgical posts include general, urology, breast, plastic, ENT, colorectal, cardiothoracic, vascular, paediatric and orthopaedic surgery. 

No repeat posts are permitted eg Royal Infirmary Renal Medicine in F1 and F2.

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