Foundation Doctor's Guide to North West of England
The North West Foundation School is one of the largest deaneries in the UK, stretching from Leighton in the south to Barrow-in-Furness in the north and the Isle of Man to the west. It covers the dynamic and vibrant cities of Manchester and Liverpool, and has a large variety of foundation programmes on offer.
The large teaching hospitals are Blackpool Victoria Hospital (provides specialist cardiology and cardiothoracic services), Salford Royal Hospital (specialist dermatology, renal, stroke and rheumatology), Manchester Royal Infirmary (pancreas and renal transplant centre), The Christie Hospital (specialist cancer centre), Aintree University Hospital (major trauma centre) and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital (tropical/infectious diseases centre, renal transplants, vascular surgery, specialist ophthalmology).
The North-West deanery is a varied place to live, with a diverse mix of urban and rural placements – and with good train and road links, getting around is easy.
Foundation School Statistics
2020 F1 Places: 782
2020 F1 Applicants: 824 (57 Academic Foundation posts)
2020 Competition Ratio: 1.05
2019 Competition Ratio: 0.90
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Macclesfield District General Hospital
Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester
North Manchester General Hospital
Salford Royal Hospital, Salford
Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport
Tameside General Hospital, Ashton Under Lyne
The Christie Hospital, Manchester
The Royal Oldham Hospital, Oldham
Trafford General Hospital, Manchester
Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester
Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Blackpool
Burnley General Hospital, Burnley
Chorley and South Ribble District Hospital
Countess of Chester General Hospital
Fairfield General Hospital, Bury
Furness General Hospital, Barrow
Halton General Hospital, Runcorn
Leighton Hospital, Crewe
Nobles Hospital, Braddan, Isle of Man
Ormskirk District General Hospital, Ormskirk
Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan
Royal Blackburn Hospital, Blackburn
Royal Bolton Hospital, Bolton
Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Lancaster
Royal Preston Hospital
Southport & Formby District General Hospital
Warrington Hospital, Warrington
A Doctor’s View
“The North-West deanery is a varied place to live, with a diverse mix of urban and rural placements – and with good train and road links, getting around is easy. Having lived happily in the vibrant North-West for 6 years, I wasn’t keen to leave anytime soon. I experienced the lively city of Liverpool as a student; bustling, conveniently compact & dotted with large green parks, it was the ideal location. Up and coming events were always in walking distance, and when needed, the bus network was always extremely reliable. Liverpool was once again ranked ‘the kindest city’ in the UK this year, and it shows; the people really are fantastic and I would highly recommend living here if you’re keen for a wholesome, relaxed & arty experience.
For my FY, I chose to move to the more expansive, sprawling city of Manchester. Living smack bang in the city centre means that I have had the pleasure of experiencing city-life to its fullest, and at a reasonable price the tram will get you everywhere you need to go. Manchester is bursting with live music, amazing food & endless marketplaces. Whether you’re visiting the Northern Quarter for some alternative coffee spots, or heading down to Salford Quays to have dinner by the waterside, Manchester is never lacking in things to see or places to be. The North-West Deanery has been very supportive throughout my time here, and I now plan to settle in the city long-term. Overall I would highly recommend choosing the North-West deanery; as a junior doctor, you really can’t go wrong! ”
Chloe Barnes, Doctor, Foundation Year 1 at Royal Blackburn Hospital
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