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The County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust Foundation Programme commences in August with approx. 60 new F1 trainees, starting a 2 year training programme, and a number of Standalone F2's, working across our Trust sites in Durham, Bishop Auckland and Darlington, with our GP partner practices and in mental health placements on TEWV 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 placements comply with the elements and principles of the Foundation Programme.

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 lifelong learning for all health care staff, is a key priority.  Medical Education have teams across the three main sites:

  • Prospect House, adjacent to the University Hospital of North Durham, is an education and learning facility, with Library facilities and excellent clinical skills facilities.
  • The Education Centre at Darlington Memorial Hospital with its Library facilities and clinical skills facilities is central for all trainees completing a placement on the DMH site.
  • Our Clinical Simulation Centre at Bishop Auckland Hospital provides all of our Foundation Doctors with training during their FY1 Shadowing Programme and at intervals throughout the year.

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.

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 TEWV 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 community partners.

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 concerned.

All trainees on the two year Foundation Programme will complete a community placement in either General Practice or Psychiatry within the County Durham area.

Electronic rotas are currently available via Health Roster across all Departments, this enables access to rotas electronically and supports booking for annual leave and study leave, as well as reporting sick leave and additional shift availability.

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