Wessex Foundation School Pathology Foundation Priority Programme 2023

University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

This programme offers pathology experience and education to foundation doctors alongside their two-year foundation training. This will involve longitudinally integrated pathology experience, an F1 pathology taster and F2 training block. 

Programme outline

  • Monthly pathology special interest sessions – half a day each month for the 2 year programme in the pathology department working with pathologists.
  • F1 pathology taster – 1 week working in pathology during F1 following a bespoke timetable to gain experience of a range of pathology specialties.
  • F2 pathology post – 2 month pathology block in or a 4 month post split equally between pathology and another specialty in F2.
  • Pathology mentor – assigned a consultant pathologist mentor for the duration of the 2 year programme who they will meet regularly for supervision sessions.
  • Pathology buddy – work with a named pathology doctor in training for support with their pathology work during the priority programme.
  • Quality improvement project – opportunity to undertake pathology QI projects during their priority programme.
  • National conference and education events – can use study leave to attend national pathology conferences and participate in local educational activities. 
  • Royal College of Pathologists – eligible to apply for RCPath Foundation Fellowship.