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South Thames

Canterbury, Kent.

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.

Entry Statistics

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.

Posts Available

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

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.


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