Over the summer, almost 160 junior doctors have joined our hospitals. This includes almost 100 doctors who are in their first (Foundation Year 1) or second (Foundation Year 2) year of training after completing medical school.
They will complete a one year programme of three rotations, across a variety of departments, including:
- intensive care
In addition, around 60 other doctors will join as GP and Specialty Trainees – having completed their Foundation programme and to gain more experience in their chosen speciality.
Dr Peter Martin, Consultant Neonatal Paediatrician and Head of Postgraduate Education, said: “We’d like to extend a warm welcome to all of our new doctors. We know it is a steep learning curve, especially for our FY1 doctors who have just finished university. We have an excellent Postgraduate centre at the Trust and a great team of colleagues to help and support our new recruits.”
Dr Martin explains that the junior doctors at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals are recruited through the South Thames Foundation School, which is fed by some top universities and medical schools, such as Kings College London and St. George’s University of London. He adds: “We have more F1 and F2 posts than any other local hospital Trust and are a popular choice because of the excellent teaching opportunities offered and convenient location of both hospital sites, being close to London.”
Pictured above: New Foundation Year 1 doctors (from left to right) Jasmine Arnold, Laura Fisher, Jessica Banks and Jack Goodall.