Scottish Foundation School
The Scottish Foundation School covers the whole of Scotland and provides a wide range of programmes.
The Scottish Foundation School encompasses all four Deaneries, with Foundation programmes designed to cover different specialties, populations, geographical diversity, teaching hospitals and remote and rural practice.
There are 1,608 funded training opportunities for foundation doctors delivered by the four postgraduate deaneries through 53 two-year foundation programmes. Details of each of these programmes are summarised under the relevant deanery.
The School is managed by a Foundation Programme Board and supported by the Foundation Programme Operational Group, as well as the Foundation Curriculum and Assessment Group. They work closely with the Associate Postgraduate Deans and Programme Directors responsible for Foundation Training in each deanery to manage and assure the quality of training in each programme.
Training standards for Foundation Year 1 are set out in the General Medical Council (GMC) publication The Trainee Doctor. Two year programmes are delivered according to the national operational framework agreed by the Departments of Health and to a curriculum approved by the GMC.
Recruitment to the two year training programmes in the School is undertaken as part of the UK wide recruitment process.
Recruitment to FY2 Foundation Programme vacancies in Scotland is now closed.
Academic Foundation Programme
The Scottish Foundation School offers 56 individual academic foundation programmes or appointments delivered through specific academic foundation programmes in each of the NES postgraduate deaneries. There are separate arrangements for the recruitment to Academic Foundation Programmes. These are described and advertised on the NES website and individual deaneries carry out the recruitment process.