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Foundation Programmes

Disclaimer *Read This First*

All applicants allocated to Scotland will be guaranteed a 2 year foundation programme.

However, it is important to note that even after being matched to and starting an individual programme within the 2 year foundation programme, you may have to change from the indicative allocated individual programme or have placements within your individual allocated programme altered at short notice.

This could be for a number of reasons, including your training needs, working time regulations, national directives and service redesign.

General information

  • Placement Year: F1 
  • Duration: 12 months (3 x 4 months)
  • S12 is an academic programme.

If allocated to a Programme in the East, South-East or West 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.

F2

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. 

The FPD will allocate the F2 posts. They balance both the individuals’ training needs and also look at overall allocation for all trainees in his / her Foundation Programme. The F2 training year will consist of 3 x 4 month posts that constitute a generic, broad based training programme. These posts will be selected from the list of F2 posts specific to each Programme. 

Over the 2 years, all trainees will have a minimum of 1 post in Edinburgh and 1 post outwith the city. This ensures a balanced programme involving Teaching Hospital and District General Hospital experience. 

A maximum of 3 surgical posts will be permitted over the 2 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.

For all queries regarding Foundation Training in Scotland please contact SFAS@nes.scot.nhs.uk


Programme GroupYrHospitalsSpecialty
S01
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1Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Vict...Cardiology, General Surgery, Geriatric Medicine, Medical Paediatrics, Paedia...
S01
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2Liberton Hospital, Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline, Royal Hospital for Sic...Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, General Practice, General Surgery, Geriatric...
S02
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1Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, Borders Gen...Anaesthetics, Colorectal Surgery, General Surgery, Psychiatry, Respiratory M...
S02
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2General Practice , Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh, Marie Curie, NHS Lothian, M...Clinical Neurophysiology, General Medicine, General Practice, Infectious Dise...
S03
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1Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Bord...Anaesthetics, Cardiology, General Surgery, Haematology, Paediatric Surgery, ...
S03
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2Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, West...Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, General Practice, General Surgery, Geriatric...
S04
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1St Johns Hospital, Livingston, Western General Hospital, EdinburghAnaesthetics, Colorectal Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Me...
S04
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2Herdmanflatt Hospital, Haddington, Liberton Hospital, Royal Infirmary of Edinbu...Emergency Medicine, General Practice, General Surgery, Geriatric Medicine, M...
S05
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1Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, St Johns Hospital, Livingston, Western General Ho...Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Geriatric Medicine, Plastic...
S05
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2Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, St Johns Hospital, Livi...Cardiology, Emergency Medicine, General Practice, General Surgery, Haematolo...

This page was last updated on: 13.03.2017 at 12.14.