Medical Education – Specialised Foundation Programme – Southampton

Employing Trust: University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Department: Training and Development
Commencement Dates: August, December, or April

Specialised Supervisor: Dr Ewan Brownlee (Foundation Programme Director), Dr Kate Nash (Director of Medical Education), Dr Judith Cave (Associate Director of Medical Education)

Administrative Contact: Medical Education Office, Heartbeat Education Centre, North Wing, F Level
Phone: 023 8120 4334 option 3

Main Educational Opportunities Planning the placement

During your F1 year you will meet with your specialised supervisor and plan your F2 education placement. Your core responsibility will be the teaching of undergraduate medical students on placement in either surgery, medicine, or one of the specialties. The specific area is flexible according to your future career preferences and the placements which are running during your post. You will additionally be offered a variety of other teaching opportunities, including participating in and designing teaching sessions for undergraduate and postgraduate learners both medical and non-medical, running clinical assessments (OSCEs), clinical skills training, training allied health professionals, and running work experience.

Working with a team

You will be supported by the DME team at UHS, which includes a director of medical education in each division. You will be invited to attend DME team meetings and meetings of the training and development team. The team will provide opportunities for feedback and reflection, allowing you to adapt your teaching style to the needs of different learners.

You will be supported by the module and placement leads in the faculty of medicine. You will be able to attend faculty meetings to gain insight into medical school processes. You will have the opportunity to apply for an honorary clinical teacher role at the University of Southampton.

You will be encouraged to work together with two other Specialised Foundation Doctors and a Medical Education Research Fellow to carry out and publish a collaborative piece of educational research during your F2 year. Supervision and training for this will be provided by the DME team. The goal will be that you present your research findings at an educational conference in poster format and if possible, go on to publish it in a peer reviewed journal.

What you will achieve

By the end of your F2 program, you will have done a selection of the following:

  • Developed a new module/course in an undergraduate or postgraduate medical curriculum
  • Learnt to adapt your teaching style to different learner needs and different learning environments
  • Developed then used an assessment to test knowledge, skills or attitudes
  • Performed and published an education-related project

Formal Teaching Programmes:

A formal program 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.

Specialised 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, SFP post holders would be supported to enrol on the Teaching the Teachers to Teach Course (T5) during their F2 year. This is a longer course with greater independent study required. It is accredited externally by Advance HE and can be used as evidence towards obtaining ‘Associate Fellowship’

Having successfully completed this module you should be able to:

  • Using the educational evidence base and the ARC model, critically appraise and reflect on your teaching session in facilitating quality learning.
  • Design and deliver an educational session, using the HACASE framework and a student-centred approach, in which teaching and learning activities and formative/summative assessments are constructively aligned to appropriate learning outcomes.
  • Discuss your educational approaches to ensure student-centred learning, considering individual learners’ circumstances, and potential barriers to their learning.
  • Critically appraise your individual teaching approach and formulate, through reflection, a set of initiatives to benefit your teaching practice.


The timetable will vary according to which part of the year you are working in, and which students are on placement during that time. Therefore you will need to have an individualized timetable. The timetable below is included as an indicator of how your week is likely to be divided up.

a.m.Medical student induction and ward based teachingTime for research and private studyTime for research and private studyDelivering formal teaching in the lecture theatre, skills lab or the simulation suit[VG1] Meeting with your supervisor and mentor team


Hours WorkedThis post is zero banded
Planned ChangesNone planned