Foundation Programmes

These pages give you information about the Newcastle Hospitals Foundation Programme for doctors. This is a two year training programme promoting the highest standards of patient care in a safe and nurturing environment, while ensuring the continued professional development of our foundation doctors.

The programme has been designed to ensure a smooth transition from undergraduate medicine to specialist/General Practice training.

These pages will give you details about:

The Newcastle Hospitals Medical Education Team

We provide experience to allow Foundation Programme doctors to develop a broad range of skills. This includes clinical, personal and professional skills under the leadership and supervision of senior doctors as well as a highly integrated multi-disciplinary team.

This training will ensure that all the competencies for the foundation curriculum are met and will act as a cornerstone of future specialty/GP training. As well as the excellent clinical opportunities, the programme offers opportunities to develop in many other areas including audit, research, academia, teaching and leadership.


The information on these pages has been collated by our Medical Education Team to give you as much detail as possible about the varied training opportunities we have. If you have any queries, or need any additional information please contact us:



Contact details

Foundation Programme Tutor Miss Anna O’Riordan, Consultant Urologist C/O Michelle Taberham or Nicole O’Connor (see contacts below)
Foundation Programme Tutor Dr Jim Macfarlane, Consultant Respiratory

C/O Michelle Taberham or Nicole O’Connor (see contacts below)

Foundation Programme Co-ordinator Mrs Michelle Taberham email:
Tel 0191 282 4710
 Postgraduate Training Manager  Mrs Nicole O’Connor email:
Tel 0191 282 4710

Why choose a Foundation Programme at Newcastle Hospitals?

  • We provide a structured one-week Shadowing Programme to introduce you to your new F1 role incorporating hands on simulation training, safe prescribing sessions and ward based shadowing.
  • We provide a comprehensive induction to working within the NHS using a variety of methods of delivery of content.
  • We provide a weekly Clinical Teaching Programme for F1 trainees with excellent feedback.
  • We provide a comprehensive Professional Development Programme which will develop key generic skills such as time management, ethics - this also has very high satisfaction scores.
  • We have varied training programmes, all of which have full educational approval from the Northern Foundation School, for which trainees can state a preference.
  • We have a dedicated and highly experienced medical education team to assist you through your training. Including 1:1 ePortfolio training and identification, and provision, of support to doctors who require additional assistance.
  • You will have a trained educational and clinical supervisor and an assigned Foundation Programme Tutor throughout your training.
  • We provide access to the Newcastle Patient at Risk Course (NPARC) and Resuscitation Council-accredited ALS courses.
  • We provide access to a Northern Foundation School (NFS) study leave budget in F2.
  • We provide access to a wide range of careers advice.
  • We run two courses for interested F1s and F2s on: 1. medical education and; 2. leadership to enhance understanding and experience in these interesting topics.
  • We incorporate a 'You Say, We Did' policy and encourage feedback to constantly review the programme and improve the foundation experience.
  • We have 12 academic rotations for those with an interest in academia - which have excellent results.
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