Foundation Doctor's 2023 Guide to South East Scotland
Scotland Foundation School is part of Scottish Medical Training. You can access our guides for the other regions of Scotland by clicking on the following links. North Scotland, East Scotland, and West Scotland.
Edinburgh, the main city in the South East region, is a beautiful capital city. It has a deep history, a superb cultural scene, with many theatres, galleries, pubs and restaurants. That’s without mentioning the infamous Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where the whole city transforms into a month-long arts & culture festival bringing in visitors from across the globe.
St John’s Hospital, one of the two tertiary centres in the region, is the regional centre for radiology, plastic surgery, burns, max-fax & ENT. The other being Royal Infirmary Edinburgh, a major trauma centre, and the only hospital in Scotland that specialises in liver, pancreas & kidney transplantation. It also has a dedicated paediatric hospital next-door too.
Scotland is one foundation school but split into 4 separate regions: East, North, South East & West. Most of the spots available are in West (around Glasgow) & South East (around Edinburgh).
Messly wants to help doctors make evidence-based decisions about their careers. We’ve put together a short guide to the South East region of Scotland Foundation School to help you rank your rotation programmes. Below is a snapshot of hospital ratings and reviews from the Messly community of doctors together with information about the geography of the region.
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Foundation School Statistics For Scotland As A Whole
2022 F1 Places: 913
2022 F1 Applicants: 823
2022 Competition Ratio: 0.90
2021 F1 Places: 812
2021 F1 Applicants: 805
2021 Competition Ratio: 0.99
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 Scotland Compare To Other Foundation Schools?
Check out our article "What are the most competitive foundations schools?" for a full breakdown.
Hospitals, Rotation Scores, CQC Ratings
In the chart below you'll find a list of hospitals attached to the South East of Scotland 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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Rank your Foundation Programme rotations with confidence with Messly’s Training Navigator. See how rotations are rated by last year’s foundation trainees to make smarter decisions about where you’ll spend your Foundation Training.
You can use it to answer questions like:
👉 Which are the best-rated and worst-rated rotations in my Foundation School?
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