Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Foundation Programme Director
Dr Michela Scheuermann-Freestone –

Director of Medical Education
Dr El Fatima El-Bakri –

Medical Education Lead
Karen McCarthy –

Medical Education Lead
Helen Roach –

Foundation Programme Co-ordinator
Shannon Manning –

Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital opened in 1974. It has around 450 beds and provides a full range of planned and emergency services including specialist services for rare or complex illness for patients across the UK.

The Medical Education Team support Foundation Doctors and are located within the Ark Centre. They operate an open door policy and are always available to answer any questions or concerns, and provide pastoral support where required. A Wellbeing Lead is also available for support. The Director of Medical Education (DME) and Foundation Training Programme Directors (TPDs) can also be contacted through the Medical Education Team administrators.

Basingstoke accommodation is managed by Optivo, who can be contacted on 01256 357927 or by email to

The library is located in the Ark Centre, Level 1 and is open 24/7. To sign up for 24/7 library access please speak to the library team, who are available Monday to Friday 08:30-17:00.

Each doctor is provided with a laptop at their induction. For any assistance, IT are located opposite the restaurant and can be contacted on 43500 or email to

There is limited on-site parking but at present there are no parking charges. Parking permit applications will be included in your starter pack from Medical Resourcing.

There is a very active social programme arranged by the Doctors’ Mess.

The Mess is located on the main hospital site, and offers Sky TV, comfortable sofas, computers, lockers and a kitchen area. The notice boards hold information on all important Mess nights out, including the Summer and Christmas Grand Balls.

The role of Mess President is usually held by a Postgraduate Doctor.

The hospital is situated within a 40 minute walk of Basingstoke train station and a 7 minute drive. There are also bus routes which stop outside the front of the hospital.

A free mini bus for staff runs between Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester and Basingstoke & North Hampshire Hospital.

Basingstoke is situated in south-central England across a valley at the source of the River Loddon on the Western edge of the North Downs. It is the largest settlement in Hampshire without city status.


Festival Place Shopping Mall is a shopping centre situated in the centre of Basingstoke offering over 200 shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. St Michaels Retail Park is located in the South West of Basingstoke and offers larger retail and food outlets.

History and Nature

Basingstoke and the surrounding area are steeped in history. There is a heritage trail available around the town centre, the central Milestones Museum and numerous National Trust properties not far afield.

Basingstoke is well connected via train and road to allow you to explore the beautiful Downs and surrounding countryside, the stunning beaches and cliffs of Dorset as well as historic cities such as Oxford and Winchester.

All F1 doctors commencing at Hampshire Hospital Foundation Trust undertake a mandatory extended induction programme commencing at the end of July. This includes the opportunity to ‘shadow’ the F1 from whom you will be taking over, and gain an insight into the role and responsibilities of a postgraduate doctor. This also includes some simulation training scenarios. Additional shadowing can be arranged on request.  

A maximum of 5 days may be taken for a ‘taster’ either in the final four months of your F1 year or early within your F2 year. These should be arranged locally by foundation doctors at a time convenient to the specialty you are working in and the proposed taster specialty.

All F1s and F2s will be offered simulation training sessions using a combination of high fidelity manikins and actors in our purpose-built simulation suite. The sim-theatre is equipped with multiple ceiling mounted cameras and microphones, which allow viewing of the sim-theatre from the teaching room on the screen as the simulation unfolds, but also to aid in debriefing.

These are monthly meetings led by the Chief Registrars.

Postgraduate doctors are allocated an educational supervisor for the year, and for each placement they are placed with a consultant from their team for clinical supervision.  All educational supervisors have been suitably trained to become accredited supervisors. 

In addition to departmental teaching, foundation doctors receive weekly protected, bleep-free F1 or F2 teaching on Wednesday afternoons. Self-development time (SDT) is allocated 1 day a month to complete statutory and mandatory training, portfolio, audit and research, etc. You will also be required to undertake Immediate Life Support (ILS) and Adult Life Support (ALS). 

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust serves a population of approximately 600,000 across Hampshire and parts of West Berkshire.

We came into being in January 2012 as a result of the integration of Basingstoke and North Hampshire NHS Foundation Trust, which achieved Foundation Trust status in 2006, and Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare Trust. It is an NHS provider and care is free at the point of delivery.

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust employs around 8,600 staff and has a turnover of over £500 million a year. There are around 15,000 public and staff members.

Compassion – caring about our patients

Accountable and responsible – always improving

Respect for all colleagues, patients and their families

Encouraging and challenging each other to always do your best

National and world leaders in excellent healthcare, with patient care at the heart.

High-quality facilities and innovative leading-edge services, accessible locally where possible and centrally where necessary.

High-quality care in welcoming and safe environments.

The best teams working in a positive empowering culture.

The Trust are currently developing an App called EOLAS where doctors can find information about inductions, study leave, expenses etc. It will be a place to find information needed. For Foundation doctors you will be able to find guides on navigating HORUS.

The App can be accessed here.