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Foundation Training in the East of England

Welcome to our Foundation pages!

We are a keen and enthusiastic team of educators, all aiming to promote our foundation training. 

These pages cover the East Anglian Foundation School, and the Essex, Beds and Herts Foundation School.

Thank you for looking at our web pages. Hopefully the information is clear, and you can find answers for any of your queries that are locally based! Please ensure that our programmes team have an up to date email address for you. If you would like to update this address, please email our programmes team at: 

We welcome a diverse group of doctors to our thriving hospitals, consisting of both rural and seaside trusts through large, active district general hospitals to our teaching hospitals. Our programmes allow you to choose whether you preference staying in one hospital for both years, or rotate between one of our district hospitals and a teaching hospital. All our programmes include a community placement and are broad and balanced.

Once your Foundation Training is complete you will have plenty of opportunity to continue your career in the East of England. With internationally renowned experts, world-class facilities and superb research opportunities, the East of England offers everything you could need. Our Beyond Foundation pages are being developed for you to easily access careers support.

 You can follow us on our twitter feed


Covid-19 Updates:

To all our trainees, thankyou so much for all your work during the covid surge. We know it hasnt been easy, and many of you will be feeling a mixture of pride at your work, but also tiredness, and maybe even more than that, some exhaustion or feeling 'burnt out'. Please ensure that you have some leave, an opportunity to relax and reset. Although we know that you have within you the resilience and adaptability and knowledge to continue, each of us will have moments when we need some additional support, be it a local smile and cup of coffee, or a little bit more. 

Our PSW page has wellbeing support and offers, and accepts trainee self referrals if you wish for more personal support, this is perhaps even more important now we have a chance to reflect on our experiences:

There is also a dedicated inbox for any Covid-19 specific queries:

As the Covid-19 situation continues to change, HEE, following government direction, will make considered decisions around training which we will be bound to follow and will do so with rapidity. In doing so, we are always looking to have your interests met whilst keeping the patient at the centre of all we do. We know, understand and accept that many of you are disappointed with some of the changes we have made. At this time of delivering to the national critical need, we are proud that you understand that bigger picture planning has been necessary. Returning to the 'new normal' will also not be straightforward and there will likely be some ongoing changes to deployment.

Nationally, HEE maintains an up to date page of information for trainees:

Thanking our new FiY1  

We have been so grateful for all graduating medical students that are volunteering to commence their F1 early. We enjoyed welcoming both those joining us in August, and those staying local to their medical school. We had a webpage for you specifically and hope that you all found it useful. We willl currently leave it in place for the new F1 who didnt do FiY1, and for the next cohort of final year medical students in case it is useful for them. The webpage for FiY1s can be found here:

There is a national survey from newcastle university we have forwarded to you, as well as our own shorter local surveys. we would be grateful if you would complete them. There is also a shorter GMC survey, which we would again be greatful if you completed.

The Taught Programme 

We have an excellent and resilient plan for 2020-21 using a mixture of live and recorded teaching, some face to face and some remote.We will still be following the 60 hours, so ensure you have read our taught programme pages. Please ensure you have access to the bridge learning platform. We are quite new to this, and our translation to synchronous remote, particularly of our hubs may be slightly rocky, but please bear with us! We hope to do as much face to face learning as social distancing and covid will allow. Feedback is vital to us if we are going to make a great, innovative and useful programme for you.

HUB BOOKINGS GO LIVE! on weds 5/8/20 through Bridge as live training events. For a preview and to read up on the process, please look at the linked hub page.

UKFPO news  

Please check the UKFPO pages for the latest news:


the foundation quality charter has been published here and our trusts are all aware of this.



Training and Taught Programme Updates (last updated May 29th 2020)

Zoom non clinical hubs

We are restarting the 60 hours taught programme, there will be options to join the 'workplace and me' abridged non clinical hub, the 'human factors' abdidged non clinical hub, and shortly the 'starting out in medical education' abridged non clinical hubs. These will count as 1 hour in your horus core taught programme logs. We have focussed on the non clinical elements as we feel trust teaching and the @eoeremote programme will deliver the clinical aspects. The BMA plan to run a webinar for us around contracts, employment and support.

Please book through here: or contact Dr Z Khan the teaching programme FTPD and administration through


We have had volunteer foundation doctors who are providing peer to peer clinical presentations aimed at FiY1 doctors predominantly, these sessions are 6-7pm Monday evenings through zoom.

Follow them on twitter or contact for more information:


Digital Learning Platform

HEE EoE are in the process of building an online learning platform, which will be available to trainees across the region. Shortly you will have access to Panopto and/or Bridge, where we plan to arrange and deliver the 60 hours programme to allow for robustness over the uncertainties of the next year. We have been creating content aligning with the areas of the taught programme categories as well as induction, careers and wellbeing. We aim next academic year (2020/21) for all our trainees to achieve the required 60 hours, and whilst we will be adjusting for social distancing, it is expected the 60 hours is still achieved. Further information regarding these platforms will be circulated, once they are available for use.