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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 or Dr Johnson shares lots of resources.


Covid-19 Updates:

To all our trainees, thankyou so much for all your work during the first covid surge. At this time of delivering to the national critical need, we are proud that you understood that bigger picture planning has been necessary and delivered very rapidly.We know it hasn't 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 often with short notice. 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 in the first surge, and we are looking to do things differently in the approaching winter surge. We hope to protect rotations overall and clinical placements, but there may be within specialty redeployment and the possibility of large shorter term redeployments cant be ignored, dependent on the severity of locality surge. Please speak to your FTPD early around health or other issues that may impact your clinical work so that they and us can be looking in advance for your bespoke options. Returning to a 'new normal' through this year will also not be straightforward and there will likely be some ongoing changes to deployment through the coming year.

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


The ARCP will continue to have adjustments, please see UKFPO website

UKFPO advice for those returning from shielding

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:

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. Please regularly check bridge for updates, new content for non core mandatory as well as study leave opportunities are regularly added. There is enough content to complete all the non core elements of the 60 hours taught programme. [we are hoping the core elements can all be delivered face to face]

HUB BOOKINGS  thankyou for all booking through Bridge as live training events. For a preview and to read up on the process, please look at the linked hub page. some may be readjusted due to changing national rules on distancing, and the effects of any covid surge. we are hoping to maintain most, even if remote and perhaps less interactive than the face to face version would have been.

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. This includes self development time.

IFST opens 15th March. Please see UKFPO website for applicant handbook and forms. please send fully completed forms to the foundation programmes email. we cannot accept late additional information, all must be within the initial email.

New policy

we are looking at our extension policy, so this is currently removed from the website whilst there is national discussion.


Training and Taught Programme Updates (last updated Oct 2020)

Bridge and the teaching programme

We have restarted the 60 hours taught programme, we have lots of recordings, live links and info on bridge. Please check regularly for udates.

on bridge are:

  • The live events to book into for clinical and non clinical hubs. you may book additional events as non core mandatory, or part of your study leave entitlement
  • pre recorded non clinical hubs - again you can take leave to watch for your non core mandatory
  • pre-recorded @eoeremote content - aimed at FiY1 and make a good 'catch up' resource for those that didnt do FiY1 , and for new F1. can count for non core mandatory
  • links to live @f1essentials as well as prerecorded content. again aimed at new F1. the live also advertised through twitter. can use live for core mandatory and recorded for non core mandatory.
  • recorded ATSP
  • recorded simulation teaching and wrap around VR teaching, as well as links to external VR
  • other recorded webinars from UKFPO, BMA, other trusts generic programme, 
  • wellbeing and careers resources
  • links to book into for study leave courses: train the trainers and the leadership ladder currently for any queries


Your mandatory 60 hours breakdown