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The County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust (CDDFT) Foundation Programme is a two year programme commencing each August. We have approximately 60 new Foundation year 1 (F1) trainees each year and also have a number of 'Standalone' Foundation year 2 (F2) posts.

Rotations cover acute and community placements across our Trust sites in Durham, Bishop Auckland and Darlington, with our GP partner practices and in mental health placements on Tees Esk Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust (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 in close collaboration with the Northern Foundation School.

Medical Education

At CDDFT, medical education is recognised as an integral element of training and development. We pride ourselves in providing innovative, enjoyable, high quality training for our trainees.

We 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:

  • A comprehensive shadowing and induction programme,
  • High quality educational and clinical supervision
  • Clinical skills development,
  • Structured teaching and continuing medical education.


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.

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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Electronic rotas are currently available 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.

CDDFT uses an Electronic Patient Record to capture the majority of in-patient and out-patient activity, including observations, investigation requests and results and correspondence with GPs.

'I have to compliment everyone on their pleasant persona and their expertise and knowledge. By the end of the 5 days, I did not feel as though I had been in a hospital ward and was very relaxed.'

Patient, Ward 16 Orthopaedics, University Hospital of North Durham