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.

To help you find what you are looking for, we have the new applicants section for those either looking to apply to foundation, or who have applied and are awaiting their F1 start, and the current trainees section. All the useful FAQ and policy information should be found in those two main pages.

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.

We have a third page celebrating our educational programme, which is a mix of trainee and trust chosen opportunities, including VR and hi fidelity simulation, subregional teaching and local teaching programmes. All trainees have one guaranteed hi fidelity simulation training day, as well as choice as to the subregional events they attend, which may involve simulation, surgical skills training and focus on specialities and careers advice. In particular we are keen to announce our virtual reality programme. We are also keen to scaffold the building blocks of future professional life, with focussed sessions by experts on education, mentoring and more.

Once your Foundation Training is complete you will have plenty of opportunity to continue your career in the East of England, whether in medicine, general practice or another specialty. 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.


All our photographs are of real EBH and EAFS foundation trainees, and are taken in the hospitals they were attached to. Consent has been given for use by HEE EoE. The photographer was Elinor French, independent photographer. Copyright HEE EoE . You can follow us on our twitter feed
Pages written by Dr Helen Johnson FSD and Foundation Faculty Team

Covid 19 updates:
To all our trainees. We understand the stressful situation you are in.

We know that you have within you the resilience, adaptability and knowledge to do this. However, 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. We are looking to provide, in collaboration with trusts and PSW a selection of support offers for you, and will be highlighting these to your FTPD or through further communications.

Our PSW page has wellbeing support and offers, and accept trainee self referals if you wish for more personal support:

As the covid 19 situation emerges, HEE and the government have a number of plans they are considering, 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. At this time of emerging national critical need, we are proud that you understand the bigger picture planning that has been necessary. 

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

UPDATE: Welcoming our new FiY1  

We are so grateful for all graduating medical students that are volunteering to commence their F1 early. We look forward to welcoming both those joining us in August, and those staying local to their medical school. We have a webpage for you specifically, and our plans on supporting you whilst you are with us are progressing well! Those joining us in August will have already had their welcome letter slightly early. In this we have given you access to 5 VR modules, as well as signposting you to lots of resources to help you start early, whether with us or by your medical school locality. Those staying with us due to medical school locality, once we have your names and details, we will also send you our welcome letter, and access to the VR. [we have negotaited an extension on access so now stops the end of JUNE, as a trial only, our trainees in august restart the full access] and links to our current support.


UPDATE: ARCP guidance for 2020 *new*  

We have sent all our trainees and ftpd/education departments an update on the newly released pragmatic position for the ARCP this year. UKFPO and the FSD have discussed and deliberated a fair position that both allows a significant adaption due to the effects of Covid 19, but also ensures that there is a quality and purpose to the procedings. It is important to note that there is not a negotiable bar. It is important to note that the FTPD and FSD will be looking at trainees 'as a whole' rather than just number of days if self isolation brings trainees beyond the 20 days, just as it says in the document below. It is individualised, and no sweeping generality other than that written can be made, Trainees should go to their ES or FTPD with concerns. FTPD should ask the FSD. We think you will agree that this is a very pragmatic document and should reduce trainee concerns at this time. The guidance is below in the files section.

Along with that, for those that have already achieved the new criteria, our FTPD will be able to do early ARCP. Please note that this is ONLY for those that have already achieved the criteria, and they will still need to complete the full year in foundation, as have trainees when they have their ARCP in june! You will still be an F1 or F2 after the ARCP, and have not 'progressed' to the new post. We are just recognising that you already meet the criteria for progression, and doing the ARCP from now onwards spreads the workload for our trusts. We dont anticipate all trainees will be ready at this time, and the FTPD will determine this. FTPD will also determine at which point they carry out ARCP. ie this is not a standard ARCP sitting. Those not ready will have their ARCP in june as planned to give everyone the optimal chance to progress through the year. 

This is the advice from UKFPO:

  • o ARCPs for foundation doctors who are on track for sign off at the end of the 2019-20 training can commence at any point from now
  • The requirements must be met to award an outcome 1/6 – this includes the time requirement of 12 months (pro-rata)
  •  E-portfolios have been updated to accommodate the interim requirements (only small changes were required)
  •  The intention of early ARCPs is to spread the load on the system and take away from the requirement for large numbers of clinicians to be working on ARCPs at the same time 
  •  Form R is required as per normal practice
    •  We are seeking national guidance on how foundation doctors should record absence due to COVID-19 
  • - FAQs on the UKFPO website [o Scroll down to the “Current FY1 and FY2 Trainees” category  contains information about ARCP and the implications of being signed off early]

If you have concerns re your portfolio, and progression in June, please discuss this with your ES and FTPD now, so that you can concentrate on gaining the evidence and competencies required by June. FTPD will discuss all potential non 1 or 6 outcomes with the FSD prior to ARCP in June. Instead of the central ARCP, the FSD or deputy will join the local panel via skype or other link having reviewed the portfolio evidence.

UPDATE: the 60 hours taught programme 

We unfortunately discontinued our taught programme mid march 2020 temporarily due to covid 19  Our trusts and educators had developed a high quality and varied programme for this year and we are all disappointed that you will not be able to complete the training experience. As of May, we are cautiously restarting teaching programmes including some centralised  via distance is going ahead. We have started with abridged wellbeing and abridged starting out in medical education hubs via zoom which can be booked via

please see more details in the FAQ box below as additional items are added, and we move across to panopto/bridge as our web based learning. Please continue to maximise your use of your VR simulation access.


please check the UKFPO pages for the latest news

We are exceptionally busy planning COVID 19, as well as recruitment. Our staff are clinical, and are heavily engaged there. Please be assured that we are advocating for our trainees and balancing all very difficult and challenging decisions to the best of our ability.All our information is in this website in new recruits or current trainees, and we are updating COVID on this front page. We sincerely apologise if we are delayed or fail to answer any emails. Please can current trainees go through their FTPD as they can escalate to me directly for foundation and to the DME and appropriate deputy dean for the STP footprint.   

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 have temporarily removed the foundation careers page from our front links to make space for FiY1 page. it can be still found here

UPDATED MAY 29 Foundation learning opportunities general and covid 19 replacing 60 hours programme

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 mandatory taught programme logs. we have focussed on the non clinical elements as we think 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 :

Deanery funded learning platform

Shortly you will have access to panopto/bridge, where we aim to reorganise how we 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 mandatory taught programme categories as well as induction, careers and wellbeing. we aim next academic year for all our trainees to achieve the 60 hours, although we will be adjusting for social distancing that may still be required.



Mandatory Core Mandatory Non-Core - suggested balance
6 hours high fidelity simulation suggested 6 hours additional simulation [0-6hrs]
3 hours facilitated VR simulation suggested 3 hours additional VR [0-6 hrs]
2 x clinical hubs [6 hours] can attend additional if spaces [0-6 hrs]
1 x non clinical hub [3 hours] can attend additional if spaces [0-6 hrs]
9 hours generic trust based teaching suggested further 11 hours [6-21hrs]
3 hours script e-learning absolute max 3 hours e-learning [0-3hrs]
  suggested max 10 hours departmental teaching
  suggested max 5 hours ES agreed 'other'

note that for non core, these are suggestions to ensure you are broad and balanced in your approach.

Please discuss with ES at each meeting the educational value of your choices.

you cannot count courses or ALS/PILS/APLS/ATLS/mandatory training.


Other Available Resources:

Deanery created YouTube content:

please also look at the FiY1 page for deanery and trust created content available in simulation for covid and F1 induction.

for mentorship of the FiY1



and the associated e-learning for health module on mentoring

and for resilience/wellbeing we have recorded the planned Workplace and Me hubs in a shortened version:



General resources identified for foundation:



Covid specific resources:


The royal colleges are maintaining specialty specific information on their websites. For example:










Below are specific training resources re COVID 19:



Wellbeing resources:




NHS practitioner health:

Doctor support network:

BMA counselling:

NHS mental health site:

The joyful doctor:


for this year only for the covid ARCP, trainees are not expected to achieve the full 60 hour programme, but a minimum of 30 hours in total, unrelated to category. This is a minimum, and most trainees will be able to go well beyond this utilising VR and e-learning access, particularly as trusts are restarting their teaching programmes, and content is being made available through zoom [May 8th]