Health Education England have released conclusions from their review into foundation training. The review sought to address some of issues around recruitment and retention by improving transition periods, addressing geographical issues and widening access to undergraduate study in medicine.

The report can be found in full here.

Commenting, Dr Mike Jones, Director of Training for The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh said:

Health Education England’s report is a positive contribution to the discussion on the future of foundation training, and we welcome their comprehensive list of recommendations. It is vital that we get foundation training right, so that the future generation of doctors have a secure platform in early postgraduate training to develop the tools that they need to best serve patients.

We are keen to support Health Education England and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in helping to prepare the doctors of the future, thereby ensuring that we have a workforce that can respond to new challenges and growing demands on the NHS.

In terms of next steps, we want to see the devolved administrations in Scotland and Northern Ireland work closely with Health Education England and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges to understand how foundation programme training can be delivered to a high standard in all the home nations particularly noting the remote and rural and under-doctored geographies.


Paul Gillen

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