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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.

All FAQs, Useful links and documents can be found HERE

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: 

Please be aware that should the East of England Deanery can only forward survey requests if you have met the criteria detailed in the documents ‘Applications for Research Studies_ 2021’, which can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this page. We will not be entering into email discussions regarding surveys.

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.



We are pleased t announce Helen Barker is now the EOE Foundation school director, taking over from Helen Johnson.

New foundation curriculum!

Go to the UKFPO webpage for more details and resources. A real change!

We also have resources on Bridge - our remote learning platform that you all have access too. We are busy re-cataloging our resources on bridge to align with the new curriculum, and also undertaking a gap analysis. So please regularly look on bridge for new resources [in conjunction with the 60 hours CPD plan]

our out of sync trainees remain on the old curriculum until they move into their next year. all new f1 and f2 will be on the new curriculum.

Covid-19 Updates:

To all our trainees, thank you so much for all your work during the covid surges. 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 were disappointed with some of the changes we have made  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 any future 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 , for our out of sync trainees, who will continue to be on the covid derogation for their ARCP this November 2021.

It is planned to run without adjustments for those that have their ARCP in the summer.

UKFPO advice for those returning from shielding

Welcoming our new F1 

We are proud to welcome trainees into the EoE, and hope that you really enjoy your time with us. We run a regional welcome to our foundation school in June for those that are joining in August, and based on feedback from last year we have asked our trusts to also organise local remote welcomes for questions and getting ready to start. [see last year's flyer below]. we have provisional dates: june 1 am, june 9 am, july 6 am.