Foundation Year 1

The Placement Quality work with the Foundation Programme involved review of available information locally and nationally, a new dedicated trainee survey and multiple focus groups with trainees.  Our analysis of the information led us to plan and host the Foundation Summit on 1 April 2019.

Following the “Redefining F1” Foundation Summit which took place on 1st April 2019, the NIMDTA Placement Quality Review team have produced a Foundation Placement Quality Report based on the background information presented and on the proposals generated during the Summit.  The Report outlines 12 Key Recommendations for HSC Trusts to improve the F1 experience.

During Summer 2019, the Placement Quality Review team led by Dr Sally Anne Phillips (Associate Dean for Placement Quality) has been meeting with individual Trusts to share the UKFPO ranking analysis for the GMC NTS 2018 and the Placement Quality Review findings for each site within their Trust.  The team has been learning of the local actions taken to implement “quick fixes” in advance of the August 2019 changeover, and the longer term strategies each Trust has developed.

A Foundation Placement Quality Follow Up Event with key stakeholders has been scheduled to take place on Wednesday 9 October.  The aim of the event is for all organisations to listen and learn, and share good practice from Trusts, and to discuss the specific improvements which require external support and/or are best taken forward at a regional, system-wide level.