What is the Foundation Programme

The Foundation Programme is a two-year work-based training programme which bridges the gap between medical school and specialty/GP training.

How to apply

All recruitment for the foundation programme is done via national recruitment. Successful applicants will first need to rank the school (Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust belongs to South Thames foundation school) then secondly rank the programme they wish to apply for once they are in a foundation school.

All recruitment into foundation programme jobs must come via national recruitment.

For further information on how to apply please visit:

The Foundation Programme at Guy’s and St Thomas’

Guy’s and St Thomas’ falls under South Thames Foundation School (STFS) which covers a large geographical area. Generally STFS programmes are constructed so that the two years are spent at two different sites, with no more than a year in a teaching hospital or in a South London trust. This enables over 80% of the programmes to provide a year in a London trust.

Picture4At GUY’S AND ST THOMAS’ we have 135 programmes:

– 59 Foundation Year 1 programmes 

– 76 Foundation Year 2 programmes

Each programme consists of three 4 month clinical placements in which the foundation doctor must be able to achieve their curriculum competencies. The only exception to this is academic foundation doctors who are based at Guy’s and St Thomas’ for the full two years and undertake one 4 month placement in a research environment in their foundation year 2. Recruitment to academic programmes is done separately from recruitment into the standard programmes.

Further information about the foundation programme can be found on the UK Foundation Programme Office website:

Below is the range of placements currently available at Guy’s and St Thomas’:

Foundation Year 1 Foundation Year 2
Acute Medicine Cardiology
Anaesthetic /Perioperative Community Ageing and Health
Gastroenterology Community Sexual & Reproductive Health (Burrell Street)
General Medicine Emergency Medicine
General Psychiatry (Lambeth Hospital – Nelson Ward) ENT
General Psychiatry (Lambeth Hospital – Triage) Gastroenterology
General Psychiatry (Liasion 1) General Medicine
General Psychiatry (Liasion 2) General Practice
General Psychiatry (Liasion 3) Psychiatry (Bethlam Hospital)
General Surgery (Lower GI) Psychiatry (Maudsley Hospital)
General Surgery (Upper GI) Psychiatry (North Lambeth)
Geriatric Medicine Psychiatry (South Lambeth)
Infectious Diseases Psychiatry Liasion (STH)
Medical Oncology Genito-Urinary Medicine
Obstretrics and Gynaecology Geriatric Medicine
Paediatrics Haematology
Perioperative Medicine HIV
Renal Medicine Oncology
Rheumatology Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Stroke Ophthalmology
Vascular Paediatrics
Palliative Care (STH)
Perioperative Medicine
Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery

Full details of the exact programmes and information about each placement can be found on the STFS website.

In line with Broadening the Foundation Programme, Guy’s and St Thomas’ offer a range of community and psychiatry placements. These are designed to allow foundation doctors exposure to these placements as it is anticipated the majority of foundation programmes will need to be recruited into these services based on changing demographics of patients and how healthcare is being delivered.

What do we offer our Foundation Year 1 and Foundation Year 2 at Guy’s and St Thomas’

Foundation Year 1

Managing Acutely Unwell Patients Provides practical scenarios on managing acutely unwell patients
Quality and Improvement Designed to prepare you for setting up an audit successfully
Immediate Life Support
Leadership Workshop Half day workshop on how foundation doctors can be the best leaders
Medicine and the Law Workshop Half day workshop on medico-legal issues and consent
Resilience Workshop Half day workshop on coping with being a doctor
Foundation Programme Simulation Course A full day simulation course for Foundation doctors and Nurses using hi-fidelity simulation equipment
How should I make my speciality choice? How do I make an application? A half day course designed at Foundation Year 1 to assist in career choices and what to do next


Foundation Year 2

Acutely Ill and Injured Patient Skills Course A 3 hour workshop on C spine and chest xray interpretation.
A 1 hour presentation on Trauma.
Followed by an afternoon of practical procedure workstations (i.e. lumbar puncture, central lines, collar sizing and log roll, knee aspiration and chest drain)
Advanced Life Support A standardised national course teaching evidence-based resuscitation guidelines and skills to healthcare professionals in the United Kingdom
F2 Faculty Undergraduate Simulation Training Includes a half day training session on becoming simulation faculty. Foundation Year 2 will then be required to teach as faculty on an undergraduate simulation course
Foundation Programme Simulation Course A full day simulation course for Foundation doctors and Nurses using hi-fidelity simulation equipment
How should I prepare for selection for GP training? A half day optional workshop on preparing for GP specialty training
How should I prepare for specialty selection? A half day optional workshop on preparing for specialty training
Leadership Workshop Half day workshop on how foundation doctors can be the best leaders
Medicine and the Law Workshop Half day workshop on medico-legal issues and consent


As a foundation trainee at Guy’s and St Thomas’ you will be provided with:

  • Access to tasters in numerous specialities
  • Good support structure via Foundation Training Programme Director, Educational Supervisor and Clinical Supervisor
  • Leadership opportunities in being a foundation programme rep and working on Trust wide initiatives
  • Educationally valuable placements
  • Opportunities for audit and quality improvement
  • Foundation Year 1 receive a week of shadowing
  • Departmental induction every time you rotate
  • Dr Toolbox to be fully implemented which helps the transition into new placements
  • Named clinical supervisor, educational supervisor and Foundation Training Programme Director
  • Consultant & Registrar supervision on wards
  • A welcoming and friendly admin team for general advice and support
  • Off the banks of the Thames
  • Excellent transport links
  • Excellent nightlife
  • Excellent shopping
  • Lots of things to see & do in London
  • Doctors Mess (Sky on large LCD, comfy sofa’s and a stocked kitchen!)
  • Monthly mess parties
  • Foundation Doctors Xmas Revue
  • Foundation End of Year Party
  • Join the Thomas Guy Club for access to The Vaults (social facilities) and the fitness centres including a pool and fitness classes
  • Current rates (subject to change)
  • Shared flat from £600 to £800 per month. Rent includes all utility bills but doesn’t include internet charges.
  • All tenants share a communal kitchen & bathroom.
  • Located on Guy’s or St Thomas’ site. There is a free staff shuttle bus between Guy’s Hospital & St Thomas’ Hospital.
Foundation Programme Team at Guy’s and St Thomas’

We have six Foundation Training Programme Directors (FTPD) these are:

  • Dr Shum Dev: Lead FTPD and Emergency Medicine Consultant 
  • Dr Anna Goodman: FTPD and Consultant in Infectious Diseases
  • Dr Cheng Ong: Assistant Director of Medical Education and Consultant Anaesthetist
  • Dr Leila Frodsham: FTPD and Consultant in Psychosexual Health
  • Dr Sarah Wheatstone: FTPD and Consultant in General Surgery
  • Prof Albert Ferro: FTPD and Professor of Cardiovascular Clinical Pharmacology

All foundation doctors are allocated a named FTPD in addition to an Educational Supervisor (for the year) and a Clinical Supervisor (for each placement)

For further information please contact [email protected]


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