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Foundation Year

Foundation training at Bedford Hospital can be part of a full two year programme (foundation one then foundation two) and we offer rotations at the end of year between Addenbrooke’s and Bedford Hospital, offering an educational balance between experience of a regional hospital and a district general hospital.

Placements in Bedford Hospital include community posts in psychiatry, general practice and palliative care. One rotation also includes Papworth Hospital, which is the local cardiothoracic center.

We offer 26 foundation year one (F1) year posts each, with three four month placements in specialties including acute medicine and stroke, or specialized medicine including cardiology, gastroenterology, respiratory, endocrinology and care of the elderly (generic medicine), as well as in surgical specialties including breast, colorectal, vascular and urology (generic surgery).

We offer 27 foundation year two posts covering the above specialties together with orthopaedics, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, ENT, ICU, and psychiatry. There is also a single post in palliative medicine at a local hospice. We also offer three posts in general practice. It is possible to arrange a swap of a placement or a whole post by mutual agreement, and there is precedent for continuing training abroad.

Teaching opportunities

We also offer other organized training in the Learning and Education Centre for all trainees, and separate physician meetings weekly together with twice-monthly grand rounds. Most of the departments also hold their own education and training sessions.

There is a clinical skills lab for all trainees to help them acquire the core skills, BLS and ALS (F1).


The foundation programme faculty is led by the training programme director, Dr. Penny McNamara and meet monthly to discuss training and trainee issues.