Foundation Doctor's Guide to South Thames
Updated for 2022 Applicants
The South Thames Foundation School covers a large area that stretches from Frimley, on the Surrey/Hampshire border, through Ashford Hospital in West London, along with the entire South-East coast, and across South East London.
Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals are tertiary centres specialising in cancer, cardiac, kidney, women’s health, orthopaedics and is home to the Evelina London Children’s Hospital. St George’s is one of the largest tertiary hospitals in the UK, is a major trauma centre and a specialist unit in stroke, neurology, renal transplant and cancer. King’s College Hospital is a specialist centre for liver transplantation, blood cell cancer and fetal medicine. Royal Sussex County Hospital, the only tertiary centre in South Thames not in London, is a major trauma and specialist cancer, cardiac, maternity & neonatal centre.
There’s a broad range of 2-year programmes available, with the majority providing one year in London or Brighton in a tertiary centre, and the other year in a smaller DGH – providing a varied clinical experience. Not all the F1 programmes are linked to an F2 – for some, this will be confirmed in October 2021.
There is a diverse mix of geography in South Thames, including miles of coastline, beautiful countryside such as the Surrey Hills, quaint market towns plus the cosmopolitan hubs of south London and Brighton. So, something for everyone! Unless you’re based in London or Brighton, a car is probably necessary.
Foundation School Statistics
2021 F1 Places: 260
2021 F1 Applicants: 148
2021 Competition Ratio: 0.92
2020 Competition Ratio: 0.92
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 2021 data for lowest entry score is not yet available, we will update this graph when it is.
How Does South Thames Compare To Other Foundation Schools?
Check out our article "What are the most competitive foundations schools?" for a full breakdown.
Hospitals, Overall Satisfaction, And CQC Ratings
In the graph below you'll find a list of hospitals attached the the South Thames foundation school. Each hospital is scored out of 100 in overall satisfaction for the GMC Survey 2019 data. The colour corresponds to the CQC rating of that hospital
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