Foundation Doctor's 2023 Guide to Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire (EBH)
Updated for 2023 Applicants
Essex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Foundation School is part of Health Education East of England Deanery and was founded in 2017 – where it split from East Anglia. EBH school stretches east from Luton & Watford to Chelmsford, Colchester, Basildon & Southend-on-Sea (a gorgeous sea-side town). For those looking for a mixture of specialty exposure and research, the main tertiary centres in this region are Southend University Hospital (centre for uro-oncology and gynae-oncology surgery and stroke care) and Basildon & Thurrock University Hospital (centre for cardio-thoracic surgery).
Hospitals in this region are linked to University College London and Anglia Ruskin University medical schools, so there are plenty of teaching opportunities.
Most hospitals within EBH are within an easy commutable distance from North or East London, with superb train links & motorway services (a train journey from London Fenchurch to Basildon Station takes 37 minutes, followed by a 20 minute walk to the Hospital). You can also expect good public transport services throughout the day. There is generally a good mix of doctors that live locally and those that commute in from London, providing a nice community regardless of your accommodation choices.
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Foundation School Statistics
2022 F1 Places: 278
2022 F1 Applicants: 166
2022 Competition Ratio: 0.60
2021 F1 Places: 260
2021 F1 Applicants: 148
2021 Competition Ratio: 0.57
Below is an interactive bar chart displaying the competition ratios, lowest entry scores, and the number of posts over the past 5 years.
Please note that the 2022 data for lowest entry score is not yet available, we will update this graph when it is.
How Does EBH Compare To Other Foundation Schools?
Check out our article "What are the most competitive foundations schools?" for a full breakdown.
Hospitals, Rotation Scores, And CQC Ratings
In the chart below you'll find a list of hospitals attached to the EBH Foundation School, and an average of their Rotation Scores from Messly’s Training Navigator. Each rotation is given a score out of 100, which is based on a weighted average of ratings given by Foundation Trainees in the 2022 GMC NTS. The national average Rotation Score is 62 for reference.
Colours correspond to the latest CQC rating of that hospital.
Disclaimer: Please note that hospitals are unscored when there are insufficient responses by Foundation Trainees to the GMC’s NTS survey.
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