Foundation Training is a 2 year programme designed to act as a bridge between medical school and specialty training. It creates the opportunity to gain experience working in a number of different specialties and was introduced in 2005 to replace the Pre-Registration House Officer (PRHO) year.
The training is supported by a curriculum which describes the domains and progress required to satisfactorily complete each stage.
The first year (F1) is required for all UK graduates and some others (as determined by the General Medical Council (GMC). Successful completion also results in progression from provisional to full registration.
In the second year there is a focus on consolidating and developing F1 competencies but with a greater emphasis on training in the assessment and management of the acutely ill patient irrespective of the clinical setting.
Within the Mersey Deanery Foundation School we cover a large geographical area and offer a wide range of training opportunities in acute trusts, specialist units and primary care. Further information about our trusts can be found at:
- Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- East Cheshire Hospital NHS Trust
- Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Nobles Hospital - Isle of Man
- The Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals
- Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
- St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals
- Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- Warrington & Halton Hospitals NHS Trust
It has three specialised Mental Health Trusts
- Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
- 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust
- Merseycare NHS Trust
It has five specialist Trusts
- The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust
- Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Trust
- Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust
- Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
- Walton Centre for Neurology & Neurosurgery NHS Trust
GP Foundation Training
Mersey Deanery Foundation School also has 110 accredited General Practice Training Practices. For more information about GP Foundation training visit the GP Foundation webpage.