Workforce, training and education
East Midlands



The East Midlands is the perfect place to undertake your Foundation Training. A two year linked scheme and geographically close facilities give you stability while you train and a high quality programme gives you broad experience in a range of different areas and locations.

You'll also be able to enjoy everything the East Midlands can offer, from world-class sport to a thriving live music scene. And, with house prices 62% lower than London and the capital just over an hour away by train you're conveniently located to visit family and friends.

"East Midlands Foundation School has a great mix of small general and large teaching hospitals allowing fantastic opportunities to further your career in a supportive environment. I moved to Nottingham not knowing anyone and now I have a fantastic network of friends and colleagues to make for a great balance of work and relaxing" - Ally Eastwood, Foundation Trainee

Broad experience on a 2 year linked programme

When you come to the East Midlands for your Foundation Training you'll benefit from a two year linked programme. With rotations carefully designed to include geographically close locations you'll benefit from a range of experiences without needing to move home.

As well as a mixture of big teaching hospitals and district general hospitals your Foundation Training will also include:

  • Community placements in psychiatry, public health or general practice
  • At least two days high-fidelity simulation training
  • Psychiatry training with simulated patients

You'll also benefit from dedicated careers support and the choice of a suite of courses that match your career aspirations, including surgical skills, paediatric life support and teaching skills.

All the facilities, support and experts you could want

The East Midlands contains two of England's top ten cities and one of the country's major trauma centres. With two of the UK's top 25 Universities here also, it's the perfect place to develop your career.

Once your Foundation Training is complete you will have plenty of opportunity to continue your career, whether in medicine, general practice or another specialty. With internationally renowned experts, world-class facilities and superb research opportunities, the East Midlands offers everything you could need.

"I have found my time at the East Midlands Foundation School enjoyable, very valuable and I have been given the opportunity to experience working in a district general hospital, Major Trauma Centre and tertiary centre. Practically every specialty you can think of has an expert unit here providing ample opportunity to undertake experience prior to applying for specialty training. Almost all hospitals are commutable from Nottingham which is a great place to live as it's lively, friendly and not too expensive" - Alexandra Renn, Foundation Trainee

Affordable, convenient and vibrant - the East Midlands gives you a perfect work/life balance

Unlike many other regions of the UK, living and working in the East Midlands doesn't cost the earth. House prices are 62% lower than London and 44% lower than the South East and thanks to the superb transport network you're conveniently located to visit friends and family.

London is just 67 minutes by train from Leicester while 90% of England's population live within two hours of Nottingham. Derby is England's most central city and with major motorways and East Midlands Airport on your doorstep it's easy to reach the rest of the UK and beyond.

The region also boasts world-class concert venues, great nightlife, Michelin star restaurants, international sport and some of the country's most important heritage sites.

NHS England Enhance Foundation Programme 

The Enhance Foundation Programme is a postgraduate medical education offer designed to equip healthcare professionals with generalist skills to work in an increasingly challenging health system. This complexity arises from three main areas: increasing patient complexity (ageing population and rising multimorbidity), increasing societal complexity (socio-economic and political factors affecting population health and environmental sustainability), and increasing system complexity (more layers of management and leadership than ever before, with blurred lines between primary and secondary care).

In response to these challenges, the Enhance programme hopes to create a future workforce that is able to work collaboratively across multi-disciplinary teams, deliver person-centred care, reduce health inequalities and improve population health.

Foundation doctors can get involved in the Enhance programme in two different ways:

  • Enhance Enable – Work through the online Enhance Foundation modules at your own pace via the PGVLE, with support from your clinical or educational supervisor. Modules cover the following topics: person-centred practice, complex co-morbidity, system working, population health, social justice and health equity, and environmental sustainability. This is open to all Foundation doctors in training and certificates are available for each module completed.
  • Enhance Explore – Apply via Oriel to access bespoke Enhance priority programmes which include protected time for generalist and community placement activities. This may involve attending community services or third-sector organisations for a broader understanding of health priorities in the region.


In addition, to gain the Enhance Certificate of Contextual Leadership, Foundation doctors in training will need to complete a project using quality improvement methodology during their two-year foundation training programme.