Medical Education – Specialised Foundation Programme – Salisbury

Employing Trust: Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
Department: Department of Medical Education
Commencement Dates: August
Educational Supervisor: Dr Richard Smith (Consultant Rheumatologist) (ES for 2 year Foundation Programme)
Tel: 01722 336262 Ext. 5833

Clinical Supervisors for Academic Placement: Dr Georgina Morris (Foundation Programme Director), Dr Emma Halliwell (Director of Medical Education), Dr Annabel Harris (Associate Clinical Sub Dean/ Undergraduate Tutor)
Administrator Contact:
Anna Spicer Email:
Emma Freeman Email:
Tel: 01722 336262 Ext. 5833

Main Educational Opportunities:

Academic trainees will meet with their academic supervisor during their F1 year to discuss the educational development opportunities available to them and will select a project/area in which to conduct his/her academic education training placement.

Attendance at monthly multi-disciplinary Education Development Meetings for Education Faculty in Salisbury to provide an overview of local challenges and developments related to clinical education generally.

Opportunities to participate in a range of different learning and teaching events at undergraduate and postgraduate level, for training doctors and allied health professionals.

Attendance on the University of Southampton Medical School 4 day Teaching Tomorrows Doctors course would complement the placement with a taught theory component and is supported.

Depending on selected education-related project/area, there will be opportunities for attending meetings and joint working with local Clinical Education and Simulation Faculty, Wessex Foundation School or Southampton Medical School.

Opportunity to remain part of the Emergency department rota or general and acute medicine on-call rota during the 4 month academic education placement to maintain and develop clinical skills and experience in managing acute admissions and/or ward-based clinical problems.

Education Development experience:

Wide range of opportunities for projects developing and improving existing teaching programmes and/or creating new teaching and learning events in Postgraduate and Undergraduate Medical Education.

Medical Education Department in SFT sits within a wider Clinical Education Faculty providing opportunities for multi-disciplinary collaboration.

Direct involvement in Educational activities:

  • Developing plans for new teaching/learning events
  • Exploration and improved use of Information Technology and/or Simulation for educational purposes and adherence to relevant Clinical, Education and Information Governance guidelines
  • Participation in improving and delivering teaching and assessment in established education and training programmes
  • Writing up results for presentation and/or publication

Formal Teaching Programmes:

Academic Trainees will continue to attend formal clinical foundation programme teaching events (weekly).
In addition, there will be opportunities to attend:

  • 1 to 1 meetings with academic education project supervisor (every 6-8 weeks during F1, weekly during 4 month F2 academic placement)
  • Monthly Education Development Meetings (multi-disciplinary)
  • Faculty-development workshops delivered in SFT
  • Simulation teaching sessions
  • Workshops and conferences (held in Southampton Medical School or Wessex Deanery)

A formal programme of training for educators has been established at University of Southampton. This training is primarily designed for those working with Medical Students but is general and is also applicable to educators working at postgraduate level.

Academic trainees would be supported and encouraged to enrol on the Teaching Tomorrow’s Doctors Course in Southampton (which runs 4 times a year over 4 days), ideally attending during their 4 month academic placement.

Through attending TTD Course, academic trainees should be able to:

  1. Identify learning needs of medical undergraduates
  2. Discuss and apply learning and teaching principles, education theory and research
  3. Reflect on factors that affect learning and teaching and have awareness of equality and diversity of learners and creating equal opportunities for participation
  4. Choose appropriate content, methods and resources for meeting specific learning outcomes and establishing an effective learning environment
  5. Give constructive feedback to support and monitor educational progress
  6. Describe basic principles of assessment
  7. Receive and respond appropriately to feedback and evaluate your own teaching to identify strengths and areas for development

Alternatively, Academic trainees would be supported to enrol on a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education course (1st year of a part-time, Masters-level degree), or equivalent, but would be encouraged to choose one that could be completed via blended or full on-line learning.
Payment of fees for this would need to be met by the trainee.

Between formal teaching sessions participants will be expected to develop their own education-related projects.

Academic competencies:

By the end of the academic F2 programme, the F2 doctor will have done a selection of the following:

  • Developed a new module/course in an undergraduate or postgraduate medical curriculum
  • Adapted their teaching style to different learner needs and different learning environments
  • Developed then used an assessment programme to test knowledge, skills and attitudes
  • Participated in the selection process for an education programme e.g. Medical School admissions
  • Presented or published an education-related project


This will be flexible according to the education-related meetings and learning and teaching events to be attended. The following is an example only. Most AF2 appointees would have an individualised programme, the emphasis of the 4 month placement being in education-related work (i.e. participating in teaching, education development/project work).

For example – 1 week of a placement focused on Undergraduate Education

 Monday TuesdayWednesday ThursdayFriday
a.m.Medical student placement planning meeting   Meeting 1 to 1 with project supervisorWard work (Teaching medical students)Education Faculty MDT meetingParticipating in a Simulation workshop as a co facilitatorWorking with education administrator to develop new medical student induction programme
p.m.Project TimeProject TimeClass-room based medical student teachingProject timeWard work (Teaching medical students)


Hours WorkedThe post is zero banded. However commonly extra duties are offered out of hours on a rota basis. At present this cover is in Emergency Department or Acute and General Medicine.
Planned ChangesNone planned