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Foundation Training Programme

Welcome to the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust page on Foundation Training.

This page has been created for medical students and doctors who are thinking about training as a foundation doctor at the Trust.

Posts and placements

We have over 200 foundation posts on the programme which are based not only at the Trust, but also in the wider community such as in community Geriatrics, Public Health Medicine and Psychiatry. There are also posts in Academic Medicine.


Recruitment is generally undertaken nationally. Further details can be found on the Foundation Programme Office website.


All trainees will receive a Trust induction.

F1 trainees will receive a week long induction which includes shadowing and clinical skills.

F2 trainees will receive a day and half of online modules to complete before starting on the wards. In addition, there is also a bespoke welcome session for F2s as part of their teaching programme to help them transition from F1 to F2.

Additional information for new International Medical Graduates

Starting life in a new country and training programme can be daunting. Here are a few links that you might find helpful,


All foundation doctors have a mandatory (sometimes known as core) teaching programme which follows the Curriculum. Some of the teaching is themed, however, a large part of the teaching is case based discussions where trainees are encouraged to bring a case to discuss. There is also a Tools to Manage Pressure in a Challenging Environment course and simulation training sessions.

The trainees through our trainee groups will also arrange extra teaching for their peers. In 2023, teaching included ethics based teaching, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion teaching and public health medicine.


All foundation trainees will have access to an epPortfolio (Horus) during their period of training. F1s will be provided with a training session on how to use the ePortfolio.

Study leave

Foundation Year 2 Doctors are eligible for study leave to support their professional development. Further details can be found on the Health Education Thames Valley website.

Support for doctors

Support for doctors

MS Teams

Trainees are given access to MS Teams when they start. In addition to the teaching being delivered through Teams, Teams provides a library of useful resources to support the trainees throughout including careers information, quality improvement information, HR and employment information.

Trainee groups

The Trust has a trainee group specifically for foundation doctors; the Foundation Educational Leads Group. Trainees apply to the group in June prior to the August they are starting with us.

This group helps trainees develop their skills in leadership and management, representing their peers on other committees and teaching and education.

Our team

We have seven Foundation Training Programme Directors (FTPDs) and trainees will be assigned to one of them for the whole year.

Trainees will also be given an Educational Supervisor for the whole year and a clinical supervisor for each placement.

Please watch the recording Enhancing Supervision on for further information

The Trust also has dedicated F1 and F2 Administrators who will support the trainees during their year of training.

Further information

Oxford Foundation School - Health Education England Thames Valley

Foundation Programme - NHS

Last reviewed:18 May 2023