STFS aims to provide robust training, allied to constructive and realistic careers support, to enable our doctors to maximise their chances of achieving their career objectives. In 2012 94% of STFS leavers going on to specialty training were doing so in their first choice of specialty. Detailed summaries of F2 destinations since 2008/9 are available to download.
Dr Jan Welch, STFS Director
Former trainee representative Dr. Chris Gough explains how the Trainee Representation system is used to improve the school for all its foundation trainees:
Being a trainee representative
"Trainee feedback is a big watchword with the GMC and is important throughout all medical training. STFS have a great structure and process based around this, it allows the director of STFS to hear about problems being faced by individuals or the entire cohort of foundation doctors quickly and efficiently.
Every hospital should have reps appointed for both F1 and F2 that provide feedback at a trust level, this usually solves the majority of problems faced on a day to day basis. If there's something that the trainees feel is still inadequate even after raising it locally or there is a systemic issue with training, patient safety or a problem that arises directly with the foundation school, this is something the STFS reps would take to the director.
We meet formally at board meetings several times a year and help out at different events such as the Programme Fair. You are also invited to sit on the Foundation Doctor Advisory Board which is a national panel and helps guide new curriculum changes and problems nationally with the programme as a whole."
Details of current STFS foundation doctor representatives together with guidance for representatives is available at http://www.stfs.org.uk/doctor/foundation-doctor-representatives.
Dr Adam Woodman-Bailey
STFS foundation doctor 20014-16