The South Thames Foundation School covers a huge area that stretches from Frimley, on the Surrey/Hampshire border, through Ashford Hospital in West London, along the entire South-East coast, and across South East London.
Hospital Trusts in South Thames
There are 21 hospital trusts in the South Thames Foundation School, covering a variety of locations and services. The School is affiliated with King’s College London, St George’s Medical School, and Brighton and Sussex Medical School.
Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, including Ashford Hospital, and St Peter’s Hospital;
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, including Conquest Hospital, and Eastbourne District General Hospital;
Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, including Croydon University Hospital;
Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust, including Darent Valley Hospital;
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare Trust, including East Surrey Hospital;
Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, including Epsom General Hospital, and St Helier Hospital;
Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, including Frimley Park Hospital;
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, including the teaching hospitals of Guy’s Hospital and St Thomas’ Hospital;
East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, including Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital, and William Harvey Hospital;
Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust;
Kingston Hospital NHS Trust, including Kingston Hospital;
King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, including King’s College Teaching Hospital, an Princess Royal University Hospital;
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, including Maidstone District General Hospital, and Tunbridge Wells Hospital;
Medway NHS Foundation Trust, including Medway Maritime Hospital;
Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. including Oxleas House, Green Parks House, and the Woodlands Unit, Queen Mary’s Hospital;
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, including Princess Royal Teaching Hospital, Royal Sussex County Hospital, and Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital;
Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust;
Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, including Royal Surrey County Hospital;
St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust, including St George’s Teaching Hospital;
Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, including St Richard’s Hospital, and Worthing Hospital; and
Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, including University Hospital Lewisham, and Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
In 2018, there were 774 posts available in South Thames, with a competition ratio of 1.03.
Most successful applicants will be appointed to a linked two-year programme, although some will be accepted onto an unlinked F1. F2 allocation takes place in the October of F1 and uses a candidates original application score and preferences to place trainees.
Most programmes are comprised of three four-month rotations, with further information available on the South Thames website. LTFT training is available to those who are eligible, with overseas placements in F1 dependent on the medical school from which the trainee graduated. A maximum of four trainees are able to work overseas in F2, but the number of placements is reviewed annually. More information may be found here.
Academic Foundation Programme
The Unit of Application for South Thames has been shared with the North East, North West, and North Central 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 South 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.
Around five medical education posts are also available across the whole LaSE.