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North East Thames

Colchester Castle, Essex.

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.

Entry Statistics

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

The school does not endorse linked applications at a programme level.

Posts Available

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 WestNorth 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

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.

Medical education posts are also available.


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