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Foundation programme review

One of the biggest challenges facing the NHS is recruitment and retention. Working with partners, this review seeks to address some of these issues by improving transition periods, addressing geographical issues and widening access to undergraduate study in medicine.

The transition from medical school to foundation training is a particularly difficult time for trainees. Supported from the start; ready for the future; The Postgraduate Medical Foundation Programme Review makes recommendations about improving that transition period and highlights the importance of making the NHS an appropriate environment for individuals to learn and work - echoing a key theme in the Interim NHS People Plan.

Undertaken in collaboration with Royal Colleges, the Medical Schools Council the General Medical Council (GMC), the British Medical Association (BMA) and trainees, it re-enforces the commitment to enhancing the experience of doctors in training and in turn their health and wellbeing.

The review contains 16 draft recommendations across the following themes;

  • Improving transition from medical school to foundation and from foundation to core/specialty training
  • Addressing geographical and specialty distribution issues
  • Enhancing the Working Lives of Foundation Doctors
  • Improving Supervision and Educational Support
  • Improving Faculty Support