Foundation Training Programmes

2018 - 2020 Foundation Training Programmes

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Please use the links below to access the programme detail for each of our trusts.  The Common Abbreviations document will help identify site locations.

All posts are indicative and maybe subject to change. All information correct as of 23/01/2018

All FP programmes shown below have 3 vacancies per track *except* Chester that have only ONE vacancy per track.

Chester (1 vacancy per displayed track)
Manchester University NHS Hospital Trust (CMFT)
East Lancashire
Leighton -  Mid Cheshire
Lancashire Teaching
Macclesfield - East Cheshire
Nobles - Isle of Man
Pennine Acute 
Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen
Salford Royal
Manchester University NHS Hospital Trust (South Manchester)
Morecambe Bay
St Helens & Knowsley

A summary table of all the specialties on offer at each acute trust can be accessed here.  These are indicative only and the final 18-20 programmes will be updated shortly to reflect the charts published in the programmes listing above.


Payment arrangements for programmes

As with all posts and programmes, financial supplements for out of hours duties and on-call arrangements are a matter for the employing trust and as such enquiries relating to pay should be directed to the acute site.  Applicants are advised to make the necessary enquiries before selecting their preferences to trust and programme through the recruitment process.  HEE is concerned with curriculum delivery - it does not (nor ever has had) any involvement in determining out of hours work and its remuneration. 

The new trainee doctor contract is likely to completely change the current payments for out of hours work in affected posts, if you're worried about this aspect you must seek clarification from the relevant Trust(s) as to what the likely situation may be from August 2017.


Medical students/applicants applying through Oriel for a Foundation Training Programme should note the following important information regarding programmes:


  • All FTPs in the North West of England Foundation School have been approved as full two year (F1 and F2) programmes by a committee at Health Education England - North West, on behalf of the regulators, the General Medical Council (GMC).

  • All programmes have been approved to confirm a balance between medicine and surgery and that the full competences of the Foundation Curriculum for F1/F2 sign off are achievable from that programme. 

  • All programmes have been approved in line with the recommendations set by the recently published (Feb 2014) Broadening the Foundation Programme report and have been carefully balanced to avoid the duplication of sub-specialties and introduce community facing elements where necessary. 

  • Every programme will have a 4 month GP placement from August 2017 in line with the national requirement for schools to deliver 100% of placements in a community based environment. 

  • The North West of England Foundation School does not approve or allow any swaps between programmes and specialties, even when two applicants/trainees are in mutual agreement. 

  • All programmes are for the duration of 24 months in total on a 6x4 month rotation.  The majority of two year programmes have 3 vacancies, unless otherwise stated. 

  • The order in which the posts are displayed is not necessarily the order in which you will complete the programme. The rotas and the order in which you will rotate through the programme are determined by the employing trust following completion of the recruitment process. 

  • The payment of financial supplements for out of hours duties and on-call arrangements are an employment matter and any queries regarding pay should be directed to the trust and not the Foundation School. Applicants should note that the oppportunities for out of hours work varies from Trust to Trust and it is therefore advisable to contact the Trusts prior to ranking preferences to enquire about any financial supplements. 

  • Academic Foundation Programmes (AFPs) are not included in the programme charts on this page.  Applicants interested in AFP should refer to our page on academic recruitment.  However, all points above are relevant to AFP.

  • Applicants are advised to note carefully that all trusts are working towards the targets set out in the Broadening report and some trusts are undergoing reconfiguration of services.  Occasionally specialties, services and locations are changed and/or moved due to unforeseen circumstances or national requirements.

  • The programmes listed are accurate, to the best of our knowledge, at the time of posting. 


Longitudinal Integrated Foundation Training Programmes (LIFT) – For information only relating to the 16-17 programme.

Following the 2012 Broadening the Foundation Programme Report integrated placements are on the increase throughout the country.

There is a considerable body of literature commending longitudinal training, with evidence for better training and better clinical care. The North West of England Foundation School is piloting a number of Longitudinal Integrated Foundation Training (LIFT) programmes, which do not have traditional four-month FY2 placements in General Practice. Instead LIFT programmes have 6 four-month placements in specialities, with a longitudinal attachment to a practice. We envisage one GP surgery per week, with two further sessions relating to the hospital speciality for that rotation which may be in primary care – e.g. minor surgery sessions, chronic disease management clinics and so on. All our LIFT tracks will be rich in clinical experience and will provide the expected standard of teaching and learning, as well as clinical and educational supervision. The doctors produced will be well-versed in patient-centred practice and a full range of care pathways. These programmes will be fully evaluated throughout the two year programme.

The following trusts within the Nort West are currently delivering LIFT Programmes for the 16-18 cohort:

·       Wigan

·       East Lancashire

·       Wirral

·       Stockport

·       South Manchester

·       Morecambe Bay

·       Pennine Acute

·       Bolton

For more information on LIFT please click here

To see a summary of all the LIFT programmes available within the school please click here.  

In the current foundation training environment the notion of trainee, trainer and patient having a symbiotic learning relationship can be easily lost.  In the United States, the work of Dr David Hirsh and others has shown great value in the continuity of integrated training and the detrimental effect of compartmentalized attachments.  The work of David Hirsh has been significant in the conception of the Longitudinal Integrated Foundation Training pilot set up by the North West Foundation School.  As part of the induction programme to LIFT David Hirsh gave a skype presentation to the North West LIFT trainees on the background to longitudinal training and the benefits and proven value of integrated learning.  


A number of guidance documents have been produced to help support Foundation Programme Directors and GP Trainers facilitate the supervision of trainees on LIFT programmes.  These guidance documents can be found on the Foundation Policies and Procedures page of the website.