Postgraduate Medical Education is the continuation of training of all Junior Doctors including Foundation and Speciality Trainees for Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry.

Our key responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring that trainees have a good experience in an excellent learning environment and the duties, working hours and supervision of trainees are consistent with the delivery of high quality, safe patient care.
  • Quality control of Postgraduate training.
  • Organising and delivering a robust and appropriate Medical Induction programme to our junior doctors.
  • Supporting our trainees to acquire the necessary skills and to achieve their curriculum needs through teaching programmes, effective educational supervision and time to learn.
  • Supporting our trainers to provide effective support, supervision and mentorship and teaching for doctors in training.
  • We are committed to supporting all of our SAS grade doctors with educational courses and funding.

“It’s a really friendly hospital, great staff and you get along with everyone”

Foundation Training

We provide a comprehensive two year Foundation training programme, which is broken down into six four month placements.  There are 39 Foundation posts available each year, three of which form an Academic Foundation track and are recruited to separately.  Following the national recruitment process, all successfully matched candidates will be required to attend a Pre-Employment Competency Screening day.

We offer a comprehensive shadowing programme the two weeks before the Foundation programme starts. This provides you with an opportunity to familiarise yourself with your new working environment and get to know your colleagues better, whilst undertaking mandatory training. This programme is designed to ease you comfortably into the working life of our Trust and resolve any issues prior to your first working day.

All trainees are required to undertake a local education induction programme which will cover parts of mandatory training, health and employment checks. There will also be a departmental induction programme which will address day to day aspects such as leave, sickness reporting, study leave, rotas, policies and procedures.



Each Foundation Year 1 (FY1) year track includes at least four months in General Medicine, four months in General Surgery or Orthopaedics and one further four month post. This enables the required clinical experience for Foundation doctors to achieve full registration with the GMC at the end of FY1.

The Foundation Year 2 (FY2) offers rotations across a variety of specialities including Anaesthetics, Intensive Care, Pathology, Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynaecology as well as Medical and Surgical options. All tracks include General Practice.

All Foundation trainees receive protected ‘bleep-free’ teaching sessions and are supported by a dedicated team of staff.  For any queries relating to Foundation training at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHT Trust, please contact us by phone:

FY1 FGH – Shahla Salehi – 01229 403742
FY2 FGH – Julie Stewart – 01229 404339

FY1 RLI – Leanne McManoman – 01524 516016
FY2 RLI – Corinne Rimmer – 01524 583517

Specialty Training

We deliver Specialty Training on behalf of Health Education England North West ( The Postgraduate teams hold information on the various teaching programmes available to STs. We also deliver regional CT teaching sessions and ensure the SPRs are able to attend their teaching days and freed up from service commitment.

All trainees are allocated a clinical and educational supervisor whose roles are to help their trainees to develop against good standards expected for their level of training, which are dependent on local and GMC requirements.

GP Programmes

Trainee GPs are being offered a £20,000 bursary by the NHS to encourage them to begin their career in Cumbria.  The bursary is being offered in Cumbria as a way of encouraging trainee GPs to work in locations they may not have considered. These areas are not routinely used for medical placements yet have a number of opportunities for career progression through specialising, taking part in clinical research and becoming involved in the Cumbria-wide improvement agenda.

GP Specialty Training Programmes are recruited to nationally via the Royal College of General Practitioners.  The programmes consist of three six month posts in a hospital; a six month GP Plus training post and a twelve month placement as an ST3 in a GP Practice.  GP Speciality Training programmes in-hospital placements include: Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, Accident & Emergency, Medicine, Care of the Elderly. GP Plus Training Posts in General Practice include placements in:  Palliative Care, Accident & Emergency, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Paediatrics.

The programme will prepare you for your working life as a GP with lots of opportunities to develop your skills in a more modern, patient focussed NHS in North Lancashire and South Cumbria.  The programme will give great prospects for career development as a partner, a salaried GP or a GP with portfolio working in multiple settings such as the Hospital or University.

Student Physician Associates

Training to become a Physician Associate is a two-year post-graduate diploma or Master’s degree with an equal split between classroom and clinical placement and is available to students with a science-related first degree.  The University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust hosts Year 1 and Year 2 Student Physician Associates from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) for their clinical placements.  During their clinical placements , students work as part of a medical team. Working with a Consultant Clinical Supervisor, they develop clinical skills to diagnose patients, take medical histories and observe/support Junior Doctors. They are timetabled to attend patient consultations/ward rounds, clinics, MDT meetings and clinical investigations and will have the opportunity to work with all members of the multi-disciplinary team. With the support of our dedicated clinical education team, we ensure that they are able to meet the requirements of the clinical component of their curriculum by gradually becoming more involved with clinical decision making whilst developing their practice in a clinical context. They will gain an understanding of imaging and investigation interpretation and ultimately start to analyse results and suggest a condition, diagnosis and a course of action.

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