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Foundation Year Two

This page was last updated: June 22nd, 2021

Welcome to Foundation Year 2 at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust. The Foundation Year Two (F2) Training Programme is directed and administered by a team that includes Mr Tom Smith-Walker and Katherine Trevorrow.

Our aim is to build on the knowledge, skills and attributes developed in the first year of your Foundation Programme.

The focus of F2 training is the assessment and management of the acutely-ill patient. Training also encompasses the generic professional skills applicable to all areas of medicine; team work, time management, communication and IT skills.

F2 Teaching

A well-structured education programme has been designed specifically for F2s. F2 Teaching is held at the Postgraduate Centre at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, and can now also be accessed at our West Cornwall Hospital site via a video link.

F2 Rotations

Our F2 Rotations are designed to cover most medical preferences. All trainees will get a broad training experience and will be offered an early opportunity to gain experience in their preferred clinical area.

Primary Care, Acute Care, Medicine, Surgery or small specialities, we will aim to find a rotation to suit your needs.

Learning on the job is a key feature of the Foundation Programme here at Cornwall. Besides formal teaching sessions, you should consider every activity a chance to learn something new. You will be encouraged to continually build on your portfolio of competences and to develop new clinical skills.

F2 Study Days

F2 Study Days held throughout the year for F2s allow trainees to further improve their clinical skills and offer preparation, and interview advice for recruitment and selection into speciality training.


Two SIM afternoons are arranged for every F2 trainee to practice their skills and learn about the importance of human factors in safe patient care.

Taster Weeks

Taster weeks working in a speciality not offered in your F2 programme are available to help you make informed career choices.

Advice and support

Advice and support in planning your career is available throughout Foundation Training. This guidance will seek to align your aptitudes and aspirations with the employment opportunities and future workforce requirements of the NHS.

Come to Cornwall for your F2 training

Cornwall is a fantastic place to be. The unparalleled coastline, the surf, fresh air and Cornish culture mean that our Foundation doctors hugely enjoy their time away from work. Living and working here is a unique experience.

Applying for a Foundation job

All applications for Foundation jobs are made through the
Foundation Programme website. You will find all you need to know about the Foundation Programme on this website.

Useful Contacts

Foundation Programme Director (F2)

Mr Tom Smith-Walker

Head of Peninsula Foundation School

Sarah Rawlinson

Foundation School Manager

Trudi Geach

Foundation School Administrator

Natalie Band

Foundation School Administrator

Suzanne Maddock

Useful Links

  • BMJ Learning have launched an online learning service which is aimed at the new intake of F1 & F2 trainees and free to users.

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