Joining the Foundation Programme as an FY1 means there’s a lot of information to take in.  We’ve laid it all out in the Foundation section of our website, but these are our handy FAQs:

I’m a medical student and I will be joining Blackpool as an FY1 in August. Will I have an Induction?

We have a ten day Foundation Induction, to enable your transition from University to working life at the Hospital to run smoothly.  Please make a note of the Induction Programme dates before making any post Final Exam holiday plans.

What are the Pre-Employment Checks?

Our Recruitment Team will be in contact with you shortly after you are matched to your programme. They will provide you with an offer of employment letter and ask that you complete your pre-employment checks.

They use a recruitment system called TRAC. Due to the nature of the communications sent from TRAC it will be necessary for you to check your junk/spam email folders as sometimes the messages can go there.

Please make sure that you respond to any emails or calls from Recruitment or Occupational Health as quickly as possible. It can take anything from two weeks to two months to process all of your pre-employment checks depending on how pro-active you are.

You are unable to start work on the 4th August if your checks are not complete prior to this date. It will also delay your IT access if your checks are not completed prior to Induction.
Who is the Medical Education Team?

We have two branches to our team, to look after the educational and non-educational elements of the Foundation Programme.

What is the role of the Medical Education Team?

As a team, our key responsibilities include delivering a quality and robust Foundation Programme to our Trainees.

What is the HORUS e-portfolio?

Like an online, interactive diary, HORUS is used to document your learning during your two years on the Foundation Programme.  Your e-portfolio will help you to plan your learning, highlight areas needing extra attention and to demonstrate progression.

Is on-site accommodation available at Blackpool?

On-site accommodation is either 2 share or 3 share fully furnished flats.  Each resident has their own bedroom with bedding provided, but you can bring your own if you prefer!  There are shared kitchen facilities, including cooker, microwave, fridge freezer, crockery, pans, utensils, etc, plus a lounge, bathroom and toilet facilities.

Please see the information sheet

How do I find out who my Educational/Clinical Supervisor is?

Your Supervisors will be assigned prior to your first working day and the details will be emailed to you as part of your Welcome Pack.

As a trainee with Tier 4 sponsorship, what resources are available to me?

The Foundation School have compiled a full section of information regarding Tier 4 sponsorship, including the Process, Key Dates and an extensive FAQ page.

Still have questions?

Foundation Programme – FAQs


For any queries related to the Blackpool Foundation Programme, please contact the Foundation Programme Administrator.