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The Foundation Programme

Your first two years in medicine can be considered the most important of your career, so it is imperative you have a good foundation to build from. Our Foundation Programme at East Kent Hospitals offers a wide and varied approach across the three acute hospital sites; this also includes community placements in public health and GP rotations.

All of our F1 trainees attend our one week induction programme prior to formal commencement of employment in East Kent. The week includes a variety of practical sessions, taught topics, and the shadowing of outgoing F1 doctors. In recognition of the time you have given up to participate in the programme, we offer an honorarium.

Within the Trust, we currently have 60 F1 and 63 F2 doctors who work across various sites, and for some specialties, in the wider community. EKHUFT is committed to teaching and we ensure that our Foundation doctors are fully supported by peers and consultants.

Our programme aims to help the trainee doctor:

  • Develop and further consolidate clinical skills, particularly in relation to acute medicine so that sick patients are regularly and reliably identified and managed in whatever setting they present
  • Ensure that professional attitudes and behaviours are embedded in clinical practice.
  • Validate acquisition of competence in these areas through reliable and robust systems of assessment.


Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT) provide psychiatry placements and training for doctors all over the county of Kent. Please click here for more info.

Teaching Programmes, Site-specific Information

Dedicated mandatory teaching is provided every week at East Kent in the Education Centres. A programme is arranged every year providing multidisciplinary team members and Consultant presentations, clinical skills practice and case based scenarios and studies. The topics covered are mapped to the teaching curriculum provided by the Foundation School. 

For further information on site based teaching programmes, or if you wish to share ideas for additional teaching please contact your Foundation Administrators (details below).

Please note: A minimum of 70% attendance of teaching sessions is required as an STFS requirement for completion of ARCP.

FY1 Teaching – Every Tuesday & Thursday 13:00 - 14:00

FY2 Teaching – Every Thursday afternoon from 14:15

Abbie Denning


Abbie Denning

Foundation Administrator 

William Harvey Hospital  


Doctors' Mess

The Doctors' Mess, located on the ground floor of the hospital next to the canteen is the social hub of the William Harvey Hospital. It is equipped with leather sofas, pool table, SKY TV, computer and telephone, and is always kept well stocked up with tea, coffee and snacks. A great place to relax with other doctors on your breaks from the wards! 

The Doctors' Mess is run by a number of F1 doctors, and we also put on a range of events for doctors to socialize both inside and outside of the hospital. Past events have included lunchtime pizzas, monthly payday parties (with a generous Mess bar tab), Christmas dinner, a Ceilidh, a trip to Bruges and a summer ball!  

Membership is £10 per month and allows you full access to the Mess and all its events which we hope will make your time working at the William Harvey Hospital all the more enjoyable! 

FY1 and FY2 Teaching – Every Thursday afternoon 14:00 - 16:15

Please note: videoconferenced sessions may be available to either the QEQM or the WHH - communication will be sent via the site administrator.

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Rebecca Newton

Foundation Administrator

Kent and Canterbury Hospital  


Doctors' mess

This small comfy room is based on the 2nd Floor, 1937 building. The mess has lots of couches, tea and coffee, pool table and whatever food the mess shop has to offer for that week (provided you have paid your subscription fee - £10 per month, deductible from your salary). Large TV with subscription to Sky Sports is available and newspapers are delivered daily. Users are required to keep the mess tidy.


Each flat has 2 bathrooms, a kitchen and 3 bedrooms, of which each has its own lounge. There is also a common room which has a TV and sofas. The accommodation is on-site at The Orchards residences and a two-minute walk to all areas of the hospital. Please contact for all enquiries and information on rooms or go to our accommodation website -

All accommodation has built in Wi-Fi

All doctors are required to apply for hospital accommodation via email should they wish to live on-site -

Social activities

Canterbury is a beautiful historic city, with the main attraction being Canterbury Cathedral. It has a large student and tourist population, with a huge variety of attractions, restaurants, pubs and indoor and outdoor activities to suit all tastes and interests including Whitefriars shopping area, cinemas, theatres, river tours, nightclubs, wildlife parks, sports facilities including Kent County Cricket ground at the back of the Hospital. For more information visit

There is plenty to do in and around Canterbury in the evenings. As a city with two universities, Canterbury offers a lively night scene and a wealth of cultural activities and events. The Doctors’ Mess arranges regular nights out including quiz nights, meals and end of year ball.

FY1 Teaching – Every Monday & Wednesday 13:00 - 14:00

FY2 Teaching – Every Thursday afternoon from 13:00

Dawn Warren


Dawn Warren

Foundation Administrator

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital 


Doctors' Mess

The Doctors' Mess at QEQM Hospital is located just past the discharge lounge. It is a great place to relax over lunch or on call with Sky TV, pool table, table tennis and table football. We have comfy leather sofas and plenty of sweet treats, sometimes even fruit! There is a phone and computer there in case you need it.  

The Doctors' Mess is run by a few F1 doctors, who put on a monthly payday party with free welcome drinks, other events have included lunchtime pizza parties and welcoming the new medical students.  

Membership is £10 month and allows you full access to the Mess and all of its events. 

Handbooks and Programmes

Foundation Handbook 2019-2020
Foundation Handbook 2019-2020