What is a Foundation School?
Foundation training is a two year programme acting as the bridge between undergraduate medical education and further training to become a general practitioner or specialist. Foundation schools oversee the training of the foundation doctors in that school.
They bring together local medical schools, Local Education and Training Boards, trusts and other organisations involved in training doctors.
The South Thames Foundation School was established in 2007 following the merger of the former South East Thames and South West Thames Foundation Schools. It is a collaboration between HE Kent, Surrey and Sussex (HEKSS) and HE South London (HESL); GKT School of Medical Education, King’s College, London (KCL), St George’s University of London (SGUL) and Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS). HEKSS has day-to-day administrative management and strategic overview of the School, covered by a service level agreement with HESL.
The school manages all F1 and F2 trainees in NHS trusts in the South London and KSS regions (approximately 1700) and is based in three offices in Stewart House, London Bridge, and Brighton.
Professor Jan Welch is the Director of the South Thames Foundation School and is based at London Bridge. Two Associate Directors, Dr Udesh Naidoo for Brighton and Dr Mark Cottee, for Tooting, provide local leadership. A team of managers and administrators support the director/associate directors.
The UK Foundation Programme Office
The UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) provides a central information point for medical schools, foundation schools, foundation trainees and the faculty involved in foundation training. The aim of the UKFPO is to develop and promote innovative training methods, such as e-learning and the electronic portfolio, as well as to develop and administer the recruitment and programme allocation system throughout England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.
For more information, please visit http://www.foundationprogramme.nhs.uk.