Shadowing in Wessex

It is compulsory for all new F1 trainees to attend Shadowing week in Wessex.

The aims of shadowing are to enable new trainees to:

  • feel more confident when starting the Foundation Programme
  • prepare for the clinical and educational challenges that they will meet as an F1 doctor
  • be provided with orientation in the hospital where they are going to be working and living
  • find out how specific posts and teams works

What is included?

Trusts will arrange an appropriate shadowing programme according to their local situation but it will normally include:

  • An introduction including signing contracts, housekeeping arrangements, etc.
  • A copy of the Shadowing Week Checklist and an introduction to the Foundation E-Learning Portfolio
  • Some small group discussion on relevant topics, for example; hopes and fears, stress, etc.
  • The ALERT Course (or equivalent). This is a one-day course about the recognition and Acute illness management course.
  • The equivalent of approximately two days ward work attached to an F1 or F2 doctor. Ideally this will be with the doctor whose post you are about to take over, but if this is not possible then it will be with another doctor working in the same department
Shadowing as Part of the Undergraduate Curriculum for Non-Southampton final Year Students

Please note that Wessex Foundation School is unable to assist with shadowing arrangements that are undergraduate curriculum requirements for other medical schools.

To make arrangements for an undergraduate shadowing placement, enquiries should be directed to the allocated Trust to find out if this is possible, and to make arrangements.

All applicants allocated to Wessex will need to attend the Wessex shadowing week at their employing trust. This includes applicants who have already completed an undergraduate shadowing placement.

More information? 

Employing Trust’s will send full details of its shadowing programme nearer the time. Please direct local enquiries to their Foundation Programme Co-ordinator or the Medical Personnel Manager.