The County Durham and Darlington
NHS Foundation Trust Foundation Programme will commence
again in August 2020 with 58 new F1 trainees starting a 2
year training programme, working across our Trust sites in
Durham, Bishop Auckland and Darlington, with our GP partner
practices and in mental health sites across the County.
The Foundation Programme has
training as its basis - delivered by skilled, experienced and
highly motivated medical and non-medical professionals. The
training attachments comply with the elements and principles of the
Foundation Programme, and are compliant with the European Working
Time Directive (EWTD).
At County Durham and Darlington,
medical education is recognised as an integral element of training
and development. The active development of the facilities to
support life long learning for all health care staff, is a key
priority. The newly opened Prospect House, adjacent to
the University Hospital of North Durham, is a new education and
learning facility, with excellent clinical skills facilities.
The essential components of
hospital based medical education include comprehensive shadowing
and induction, both generic and specialty based, educational
supervision, clinical supervision, effective appraisal, clinical
skills development, access to training, structured teaching and
continuing medical education. We pride ourselves in providing
innovative, enjoyable, high quality training for our
trainees. We also have a number of innovative community
placements, including General Practice, Psychiatry and community
Our Clinical Simulation Centre at
Bishop Auckland Hospital provides all of our Foundation Doctors
with training during the Shadowing Programme and at intervals
throughout the year.
Multi-professional learning is
another priority for us. Multidisciplinary education can be matched
to inter-disciplinary working - multidisciplinary teams deliver
clinical care with contributions from different disciplines. This
shared care between health professionals is a regular occurrence on
the wards, in outpatients' clinics and in the community.
The Foundation Programme offers
training opportunities within an acute care setting with support
from the local General Practitioners and the Mental Health Trust
for Psychiatry placements in F1 and F2. County Durham and
Darlington supports the principle of cross-trust training and will
continue to explore collaboration with neighbouring Trusts and
The attachments in F1 provide
structured, supported and comprehensive training opportunities in
Medicine and Surgery specialties. This training will be
consolidated and strengthened during the "speciality" attachments
in F2, where areas of interest will provide in-depth opportunities
for a continuum as far as patients' care pathways are
Well over half of the F2 rotations
provide a general practice or Psychiatry placement within the
County Durham area along side our innovative posts in Clinical
Radiology and Academic Medicine.
Electronic rotas are currently
available via Health Roster across all Medical Departments, and
plans are in place to roll this out across all clinical areas for
August 2019. This enables access to rotas elecronically and
supports booking for annual leave and study leave, as well as
reporting sick leave and additional shift availability.
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community