The North East Thames Foundation School covers the area to the North East of London, from St Bartholomew’s in central London to Harwich on the Essex coast. It also includes, Romford, Ilford, Southend, Braintree, Colchester, and Clacton-on-Sea.
Hospital Trusts in North East Thames
There are seven hospital trusts in the North East Thames Foundation School, covering a variety of services and locations. The only linked university in the area is Bart’s and the London Medical School.
Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, including Halstead Hospital, Clacton & District Hospital, and Harwich and District Hospital;
Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, including Homerton University Hospital;
Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust, including Broomfield Hospital, St Peter’s Hospital, and St Michael’s Hospital;
Bart’s Health NHS Trust, including St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Newham University Hospital, The Royal London Hospital, Whipps Cross University Hospital, and The London Chest Hospital;
The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, including The Princess Alexandra Hospital, and St Margaret’s Hospital;
Barking, Havering, and Redbridge University Hospitals, including Queen’s Hospital, and King George Hospital; and
Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, including Southend University Hospital, Westcliff-on-Sea.
In 2017, there were 178 F1 posts available in North East Thames, with 292 applicants choosing it as their first preference. The competition ratio was 1.64.
In 2016, there were 301 F1 posts, with 306 applicants choosing North East Thames as their first preference. The competition ratio was 1.02.
Candidates have a number of different programme structures from which to choose, including
two years in Essex,
two years in London,
one year in each location, or
an unlinked F1 year – involving a separate application to F2.
The school does not endorse linked applications at a programme level.
There are a variety of posts available with the NETFS, with more information available here. Most of the recruitment in the school is to linked programmes, although any applicants admitted to an F1-only post will be guaranteed an F2 position – although the location cannot be guaranteed. Providing eligibility criteria are met, Less Than Full Time (LTFT) training may be undertaken. Overseas training is not supported, except if non-UK/EEA medical students wish to return home for their F1 year.
Academic Foundation Programme
The Unit of Application for North East Thames has been shared with the North West, North Central 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.