The Foundation School in Scotland covers the entire country, but is split into four regions according to the four Deaneries in Scotland. These regions are centred around
Dundee in the East,
Aberdeen and Inverness in the North,
Edinburgh in the South East, and
Glasgow in the West.
Hospital Trusts in Scotland
Each of the four regions in the Scotland Foundation School is subdivided into trusts and hospitals, with each region linked to a university – Dundee in the East, Aberdeen in the North, Edinburgh in the South East, and Glasgow in the West.
The East region is comprised of
NHS Tayside, including Dundee Royal Victoria Hospital, Ninewells Hospital, Perth Royal Infirmary, Stracathro Hospital, Murray Royal Hospital, Carseview Centre, and Dudhope House; and
NHS Grampian, including Roxburghe House.
The North region is comprised of
NHS Grampian, including Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, Dr Gray’s Hospital, Royal Cornhill Hospital, and Woodend Hospital;
NHS Highland, including Raigmore Hospital, Caithness General Hospital, Belford Hospital, Lorn and Islands Hospital, and New Craigs Psychiatric Hospital;
NHS Western Isles, including Western Isles Hospital; and
NHS Shetland, including Gilbert Hospital, Lerwick.
The South East region is comprised of
NHS Lothian, including Herdmanflatt Hospital, Liberton Hospital, Marie Curie Hospice, Midlothian Community Hospital, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Roodlands General Hospital, St John’s Teaching Hospital, and Western General Hospital;
NHS Borders, including Borders General Hospital; and
NHS Fife, including Queen Margaret Hospital, The Victoria Hospital, and Stratheden Hospital.
The West region is comprised of
NHS Ayrshire and Arran, including University Hospital, Ailsa Hospital, and Crosshouse Hospital;
NHS Dumfries and Galloway, including Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary;
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde including Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Beatson West of Scotland Oncology Centre, Dykebar Hospital, Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Inverclyde Royal Hospital, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Royal Hospital for Children, Sandyford Clinic, South Glasgow University Hospital, Southern General Hospital, Stobhill Hospital, Vale of Leven District General Hospital, and Victoria Teaching Infirmary;
NHS Lanarkshire, including Hairmyres Hospital, Monklands Hospitals, Wishaw General Hospital; and
NHS Forth Valley, including Forth Valley Royal Hospital.
In 2018, there were 791 posts available in Scotland, with a competition ratio of 1.01.
Candidates are matched to a two-year programme in the North region of Scotland, whilst those in every other region are matched to a fixed F2 with rotations that are not fixed. Both years may be spent in the same trust, or may vary.
The range of posts available across Scotland is huge, and potential applicant’s are encouraged to visit the following website to search for programmes. LTFT training is undertaken, although overseas work is not. Linked applications are supported at a trust level in Scotland, with every linked application being assessed with the School’s compatibility matrix. The matrix determines if linked applicants could reasonably cohabit during their training.
Academic Foundation Programme
There are 60 AFP posts available in Scotland, including eight medical education roles. For those looking to apply, information on programmes in each region may be found on the relevant website.
For F1 roles in the East region, click here, and for F2, click here;
For F1 roles in the North, click here, and for F2, click here;
For F1 and F2 roles in the South East, click here; and
For F1 roles in the West, click here and for F2, click here.