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Foundation Programme

All you need to know if you're thinking of coming to east Kent to join our foundation programme

Your first two years in medicine can be considered the most important of your career, so we will provide you with a solid foundation which will enable you to become the kind of doctor you want to be. Our Foundation Programme offers you the opportunity to learn and experience a wide variety of clinical settings including three acute hospital sites, public health, psychiatry and general practice.

All of our F1 trainees attend our induction programme prior to formal commencement of employment in East Kent. We know that the transition from Medical School to Foundation training can be difficult.  Which is why this includes a variety of practical sessions, taught topics, and most importantly the shadowing of the outgoing F1 doctors. 

Within the Trust, our foundation doctors work across various sites and for some specialties, in the wider community. East Kent is committed to teaching and we ensure that our Foundation doctors are fully supported by peers, consultants, our dedicated medical education staff and by the wider multi-professional team.  

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.

A group of Foundation Doctors in a hospital corridor

Why train and learn in our foundation programme at East Kent?

We offer a range of programmes in order to increase specialist knowledge and advance careers in health professional education. Each programme consists of three 4-month clinical placements in which the foundation doctor must be able to achieve their curriculum competencies. Our local Foundation Faculty Group takes representation from foundation doctors across sites and specialties and, together with informal regular meetings with Clinical Tutors and Foundation Training Programme Directors (FTPDs) help ensure that we tackle issues and concerns and formulate action plans on the basis of feedback.

Some of our programmes are Priority Programmes where, if you apply early, we can offer extra incentives such as 50% payment towards a postgraduate qualification in medical education, an introductory course to masters level study, fully-funded at F2 or an F3 year as a Medical Education Teaching Fellow.  We also have two Psychiatry Fellowship Programmes at foundation level.

  • You will 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.

  • You will receive supervision that continually provides feedback so that you can continue to develop competency and confidence.

  • As an F2 the majority of you will be given an opportunity to attend an Advance Life Support course and will also be expected to attend simulation training with the SimMan.

  • We offer all our F1 doctors, our own bespoke Foundation Realistic Oncall Simulation Training (FROST) which previous participants have universally praised and valued.

The 2019 General Medical Council (GMC) National Training Survey gave our Foundation programme green flags in a number of areas across a range of specialties.

These areas include clinical supervision, workload, teamwork and induction.

What our foundation doctors say

"I was a final year medical student in Margate and really loved how you got to be part of a team, getting involved in theatre and seeing patients in clinic, with consultants who supported you and didn't mind you asking questions. I felt like I had a useful role in the team, and learned a lot about working independently, too. There wasn't the anonymity you sometimes get in the bigger tertiary hospitals, as you always knew who to go to, and people got to know you, too. I chose Margate for both F1/F2, and have really enjoyed it."

"Seaside town with (endless) beaches and white cliffs only 1h30m away from central London"

"I chose to do my F2 here because it is a comparatively small hospital with better learning and project opportunities and known for good and well-organized teaching. The location is good with links to London but Margate itself is also renowned for being an up and coming seaside town."

"Margate is a busy hospital with a relaxed feel set beside a fabulous seaside. For a foundation program I can’t think of a better juxtaposition to the bright lights, big city of a year in London."

"I came to East Kent for my F1 to get experience in a DGH - you know colleagues and staff so well, are well supported and have lots of opportunity to learn."

Martin Mayal

Dr Martin Mayall

Clinical Tutor / Foundation Programme Local Faculty group chair

FTPD_WHH

Mr Roland Fernandes 

Foundation Training Programme Director

Brenda Harden

Brenda Harden

Foundation Administrator 

ekh-tr.MedicalEducation@nhs.net

 
Martin Mayal

Dr Martin Mayall

Clinical Tutor / Foundation Programme Local Faculty group chair

FTPD

Dr Gwenno Batty

Foundation Training Programme Director

FTPD

Dr Mo Ali 

Foundation Training Programme Director

Vacant

Foundation Administrator 

ekh-tr.MedicalEducation@nhs.net

Martin Mayal

Dr Martin Mayall

Clinical Tutor / Foundation Programme Local Faculty group chair

FTPD

Dr Christopher McGettigan

Foundation Training Programme Director - Year1

FTPD

Dr Laura Crisan

Foundation Training Programme Director-Year2

Dawn Warren

Dawn Warren

Foundation Administrator

ekh-tr.MedicalEducation@nhs.net

FAQs

Q. Do F1s work nights at East Kent?  

A. No, F1s are not expected to work nights here.

Q. What sort of teaching is on offer? 

A. We are proud of the amount and breadth of teaching that trainees have the opportunity to attend in a month, along with their mandatory Foundation specific training sessions.

Q. Are their opportunities for foundation doctors to get involved in teaching programmes? 

A. Yes, we encourage our foundation trainees to sign up for our on-going medical student teaching – which includes bedside teaching, on-call scenarios and help with running our OSCEs.

Q. Is accommodation available on site?  

A. Yes, we have on-site accommodation at our 3 acute sites.