The Essex, Bedfordshire, and Hertfordshire Foundation School, or EBH, began in 2017. It covers the area in the East of England to the south of East Anglia, and borders Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire to the west, and Kent and Greater London to the south. Its proximity to London has led to the area becoming increasingly gentrified and popular with wealthier communters.
Hospital Trusts in Essex, Bedfordshire, and Hertfordshire
There are eight hospital trusts in the EBH Foundation School, with each trust managing between one and four hospitals.
Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital;
Colchester Hospital University Trust, including Colchester General Hospital, and Essex County Hospital;
East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, including Hertford County Hospital, The Lister Hospital, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, and The New QEII Hospital;
Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust, including Broomfield Hospital, St Michael’s Hospital, St Peter’s Hospital, and Braintree Community Hospital;
Luton and Dunstable University Hospital;
The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust;
Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; and
West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, including Hemel Hempstead Hospital, St Albans City Hospital, and Watford General Hospital.
In 2018, there were 305 posts available in Essex, Bedfordshire, and Hertfordshire and the competition ratio was 0.60.
Successful applicants to EBH will be committed to a two-year programme covering both F1 and F2, with no additional selection or application during F1. Linked applications, which ensure that linked applicants are placed within close proximity of one another, are supported in EBH, but linked applicants may not be placed in the same hospital.
The posts available at the trusts in EBH vary across the region. Programmes are divided into three rotations of four months, and the individual programmes can be viewed here.
Less Than Full Time training is available in East Anglia, although overseas training is not. The only exception to this is for overseas F1 students whose student agreement requires them to return home.
Academic Foundation Programme
In EBH, up to eight doctors can take placements in Southend or Basildon in affiliation with Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. There are also six placement opportunities at Southend and Basildon through the University of Hertfordshire. Additionally, Addenbrooke’s and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital provide a further three four-month academic research placements for F2 trainees. More information is available on the Essex, Bedfordshire, and Hertfordshire website.