The Wales Foundation School covers the entirety of Wales, with the majority of the trusts concentrated along the coast of the Bristol channel by Cardiff and Newport. All of the trusts are coastal.
There are seven hospital trusts, covering a variety of locations and services. The two linked universities are Cardiff and Swansea.
Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, including Princess of Wales Hospital, Neath Port Talbot Hospital, Morriston Hospital, Singleton Hospital, and Cefn Coed Hospital;
Cwmbwrla CDAT Centre;
Cwm Taf Health Board, including Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil, and Royal Glamorgan Hospital;
Cardiff and Vale Health Board Teaching Trust, including University Teaching Hospital of Wales, Llandough Hospital, Whitchurch Psychiatric Hospital, and Rookwood Hospital;
Aneurin Bevan Health Board, including Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny, Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr Hospital, St Woolos Hospital, and St Cadoc’s Hospital;
Hywel Dda Local Health Board, including Prince Philip Hospital, Llanelli, Glan Gwili General Hospital, Bronglais General Hospital, and Withybush Hospital; and
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, including Glan Clwyd Hospital, Wrexham Maelor Hospital, and Ysbyty Gwynedd.
In 2018, there were 327 posts available in Wales, with a competition ratio of 0.86.
Successful applicants to Wales are committed to a one-year programme, with applications for F2 posts taking place after four months. Candidates are free to apply to any hospital in Wales during the F2 application cycle. Wales Foundation School does not honour linked applications for Health Board or programme allocation.
All programmes are divided into three four-month rotations, with more information on the specific programmes available in each trust available here. It is not possible to work overseas during the two years of training in Wales, but some time may be taken out during F1 or F2. Slot-sharing is the preferred form of LTFT training in the School, but those eligible will be free to work on a less-than-full-time basis in a manner of ways.
Academic Foundation Programme
There are 21 AFP posts available across the Wales UoA, but rather than applying for a two-year programme featuring a four-month academic period in F2, successful applicants to Wales are matched to a one-year programme. This one-year programme is designed to facilitate ongoing development of research skills alongside clinical work. The F2 year is then structured in the same manner.