The Foundation Programme team organises separate teaching
programmes for F1s and F2s with identical programmes running on
both the Durham and Darlington sites.
For F1s, teaching takes place on Wednesdays, on alternate
sites, approximately every 2 weeks with F2 teaching on
Thursdays. The programmes are arranged on alternative weeks to
allow flexibility for trainees to attend and takes place for
approx. 2 hours to allow time to return to the wards and
departments before the end of the day. The teaching is bleep-free
by arrangement within the department with colleagues.
There are certain courses that are mandatory during the F1 year.
These courses constitute the Professional Development
Programme for Foundation Programme Doctors.
Resuscitation Training - By the end of the F2
year all trainees will have completed an Advanced Life Support and
Immediate Life Support course. Those trainees in Paediatrics will
also do Neo-natal Life Support (NLS) and Paediatric Life Support
All Foundation Doctors in FY1 and FY2 have 2 days
of clinical simulation training as part of their clinical
training programme. These are scheduled over the period of
the 2 year programme and allows trainees to develop Clinical
It is very easy to take advantage of the departmental
teaching/journal clubs that happen across the Trust due to the vast
amount that takes place. There are also a variety of other
educational opportunities that are made available to FP doctors
during their rotations.
FP trainees can take the opportunity to have a "taster week" in
a speciality that they are considering or are interested in as a
career choice that they have not been able to experience.
All F1's are allocated an experienced and trained Educational
Supervisor who will remain the same for the whole 2 years. They
will have regular meetings to develop and effective relationship.
This will provide appraisal and mentoring functions including
Clinical supervision shall vary according to the placement but
will incorporate a defined relationship with an individual. The
relationship shall provide induction, objective setting, on the job
teaching, competence assessment, formative feedback, summative
feedback and agreed outcomes
'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly,
efficiently and professionally with full explanations and
compassion from all staff involved'.
Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital