Workforce, training and education
East of England

Application and Starting information

Applying to foundation

Thank you for considering joining us in the EoE.


This year the region is separated into 4 groups:

EAFS West: 

Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, Royal Papworth Hospital Cambridge, Hinchingbrooke Hospital Huntingdon, Peterborough City Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn

EAFS East:

Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, Ipswich Hospital, Colchester Hospital, James Paget Hospital Great Yarmouth, West Suffolk Hospital Bury St Edmunds

Beds and Herts:

Luton and Dunstable Hospital, Bedford Hospital, West Herts Hospital Watford, Lister Hospital Stevenage


Broomfield Hospital Chelmsford, Basildon Hospital, Southend Hospital, Princess Alexandra Hospital Horlow


You will initially be allocated to the foundation school and then preferencing will be a 2 stage process: first preferencing which group you wish to be in and then the programmes in your allocated group.

Please be aware: If you do not drive some of the community attachments may be hard to reach by public transport - please contact the hospital to double check the location of the community element if you are highly ranking programmes with a community placement and do not drive. We cannot change these rotations once you are in post

For your application the UKFPO applicants handbook, available on the UKFPO website, is the most important guide to application. We suggest you read this before and during your application. Be aware that the UKFPO manages the application through Oriel and no deviations are permitted. The Foundation School is unable to mediate with the process. It is therefore very important that you complete with due care and attention, and be sure to have submitted in good time. [the dates are the dates!] 

We visit our local medical schools of Cambridge, UEA and ARU to discuss the foundation application process.

We cannot give individualised responses to all applicants, however we do make an exception for:

  1. those that are pre-allocated, and we wish to hear from students pre-allocating to our foundation schools for early discussion for adjustments.
  2. those that are applying for the less than full time priority programmes again for discussion around reasons and placement
  3. those that wish to link applications

SO other than those groups, please go through your pastoral support/year 5 or 6 leads first. they can always direct any tricky problems to us.



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We strongly recommend that if you think you meet the criteria for pre-allocation, you apply for that. The UKFPO website and the applicant handbook contain clear instructions on how to complete this process. Discuss with your pastoral lead at medical school. 

If you pre-allocate to EoE we suggest that you contact the foundation school [via the recruitment team or the appropriate foundation school deputy director] to discuss your reasons. This is best done between the allocation to the foundation school and ranking of posts. This allows the foundation school to identify trusts or rotations that may be particularly suited to your individualised requirements and allow early discussion around any adjustments or additional support required. 

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Starting your new post!

It is exciting! finally you are a doctor, you have worked so hard for that. We send a comprehensive welcome letter to all our starters with some links to webinars, welcomes, and some pre-start learning and orientation [not compulsary, but definitely helpful!] We want you to know how much we value you, and support that transition from student to doctor.

Preparation for Professional Practice (PFPP)

The mandatory PFPP week starts one week before your training, and your employing Trust will send you full details. It is paid. It is also compulsary, so do not organise a wedding, holiday or other during this time. Ask your trusts for more details on times of attendance and shadowing once you know your allocation. These details are not held centrally.

If you are an overseas doctor, ie you trained at a non-UK [4 nations] medical school, we offer you an additional 2 weeks paid shadowing with a specially tailored course to adjust to the NHS processes. We very much value the perspective and ideas that both our EU and non-EU colleagues bring to medicine in the UK and wish to celebrate your arrival and orientate you in the NHS before you start. This includes simulation, core procedure, communication and GMC workshops. Although only the PfPP week is mandatory [and you join your colleagues for this], we strongly recommend that you attend our longer paid induction. Our portfolio FTPD for overseas doctors, Dr R Makker leads this process from her base at West Herts NHS Trust.

If you are a BMA member, you might want to look at their e-learning on starting F1


Asked to See the Patient (ATSP) is an HEE patient safety and peer-delivered initiative aimed at incoming Foundation Year One (FY1) doctors to support their transition from being medical students to doctors. It is delivered by out-going F1s through workshops as part of their induction week.

The workshops usually comprise role plays and discussions of illustrative cases that show how to manage common clinical scenarios encountered during out of hours shifts "on-call"


Your Medical School may ask you to undertake shadowing before you start Foundation Training, in addition to the mandatory shadowing that forms part of your Preparation for Professional Practice (PFPP) week. Contact the Postgraduate Administrator at your Medical School for further information on this. For information on shadowing during your PFPP week, contact your employing Trust

National Policy

Click here to read the UKFPO's comprehensive information on Foundation Training.

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