The Foundation Programme

The Foundation Programme is a two-year training programme undertaken between medical school and specialist/general practice training.

Foundation training generally consists of 6 x 4 month placements (3 x F1, 3 x F2), undertaken within a variety of specialties and settings, with the aim of meeting competencies laid down by the General Medical Council (GMC). Skills for development include not only those in assessing and managing acutely ill patients but also in areas such as teamwork, communication, professionalism and managing one’s own health and wellbeing.

The Foundation Programme in the West Midlands was one of the first to be established in the UK and has maintained its strong drive of innovation and excellence. It covers a geographically and culturally diverse area and so offers an exceptionally varied training environment.

The structure of Health Education West Midlands (HEWM) Foundation Schools changed from five Schools to three in August 2014.  

The new Schools are:

  • West Midlands South (previously Coventry & Warwickshire and Hereford & Worcester Foundation Schools) 

Getting Started

Recruitment to F1 is initially via the UK Foundation Programme Application System (FPAS). For further information on the process, see the UK Foundation Programme website or click here for specific Health Education West Midlands Foundation information.

For the 2016/2017 recruitment round, there will be three Units of Application (UoAs), which incorporate the Foundation Schools above.

[NB For the Academic Foundation Programme, there is only one UoA – West Midlands].

Page updated: 3 November 2015