The North Central Thames Foundation School covers the London borough of Barnet, down to the central University College Hospital in Bloomsbury. It is a largely urban School, and ranges from Zone 1 in London to the boundary with the M25.
Hospital Trusts in North Central Thames
There are five hospital trusts in the North Central Thames Foundation School, covering a variety of services and locations. The only linked university in the area is the University College London Medical School.
Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust, including Barnet Hospital, and Chase Farm Hospital;
North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, including North Middlesex University Hospital;
Royal Free Hampstead NHS Foundation Trust, including the Royal Free Hospital;
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, including UCL Hospital; and
Whittington Health NHS Trust, including Whittington Hospital.
In 2017, there were 160 F1 posts available in North Central Thames, with 556 applicants choosing it as their first preference. The competition ratio was 3.48.
In 2016, there were 318 F1 posts, with 514 applicants choosing North Central Thames as their first preference. The competition ratio was 1.62.
Successful applicants are committed to a two-year programme, with no need to reapply for F2. The first year of the programme will be spent in London, whilst the second will take trainees into the schools outside of the capital.
The posts available at the trusts in East Anglia vary between two and six months in duration, with more information available here. Slot-sharing is preferred to LTFT posts, as is reduced hours in a full-time post. Supernumerary posts may be considered in exceptional circumstances. A small number of UCLMS final year students may undertake F1 training abroad, with more information available on their website.
Academic Foundation Programme
The Unit of Application for North Central Thames has been shared with the North East, North West, and South Thames Foundation Schools. This Unit is called the LaSE, or London and South East AFP UoA. There are around 120 programmes available, shared between
Brighton and Sussex Medical School,
Imperial College London,
King’s College London,
Queen Mary University of London,
St George’s University of London,
University College London, and
University of Surrey.
More information on the posts available in North Central Thames may be found here. Applicants may rank their preferred programmes by speciality, with applicants interviewed at their first choice location wherever possible. There are six sets of interviews in total.