Foundation Doctor Representatives

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 2018/2019 STFS foundation doctor representatives is listed below:

Natalie Howard - Appointed as F2 Rep for Board and FDAB -

Jonathan Tsun - Appointed as F2 Advisory & Development Rep -

Ross McLaren - Appointed as F2 Academic rep -

 The new F1 list of Foundation Respresenative is currently undergoing selection and will be published in due course.

How Foundation Doctor Representatives Are Selected

STFS is keen to ensure that the views of foundation doctors are adequately represented at all of the relevant local/national meetings. During August, foundation doctors are invited to express their interest in being a representative on various committees/groups by submitting a 100 word statement explaining why they wish to take part and how they would ensure that they represented the views of their peers.