Why East Lancashire?

Download our Foundation at ELHT 2018-2020 Information Booklet here


The East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and Clinical Commissioning Groups provide services to the population of East

 Lancashire of approximately 510,000 people. Geographically it covers the Blackburn, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Ribble Valley and Rossendale areas. The posts are based in the Royal Blackburn Hospital and Burnley General Hospital.

The Trust offers a comprehensive range of “in” and “out-patient” services and provides outpatient clinics from a range of visiting tertiary specialities. There are full diagnostic services available at both sites and both sites are also fully supported by Postgraduate Education facilities, fully equipped libraries and subsidised staff gyms.  The Trust also has a number of tertiary services which it provides to a larger area including Maxillofacial surgery and Hepatobiliary surgery.

The Royal Blackburn Hospital new build opened in July 2006 and provides a full range of hospital services to adults and children.  The new building includes state of the art in-patient facilities, centralised out-patients department, new operating theatres and Emergency Department.

Burnley General Hospital is East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust's site which specialises in planned (elective) treatment and most recently opened the new Urgent Care Centre Building.  In November 2010, the Trust opened the £32 million Lancashire Women and Newborn Centre which includes East Lancashire's centralised consultant-led maternity unit along with a Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a midwife-led birth centre and a purpose-built gynaecology unit.  Maternity services have been awarded the (RCM) Royal College of Midwives’ Mothercare Maternity Service of the Year Award.

The Foundation Programme at ELHT

There are 69 F1 and 69 F2 posts making ELHT one of the largest Foundation Programmes in the North West. There are 3 Foundation Programme Directors who take a very hands on approach and are always keen to receive feedback about your training.  There are regular Foundation Forums built in to protected teaching programme for you to give and receive feedback.

The Foundation teaching programme takes part every Thursday afternoon for F1 doctors and every Thursday morning for F2 doctors. Attendance is compulsory and you are protected from clinical activities in this time.  Absences are authorised for study leave, annual leave and when on night duty or zero hours. The Teaching Programmes are continually updated and reviewed in response to the feedback given by Foundation Doctors.  Towards the end of the F1 year and the beginning of the F2 year, the teaching programme also includes career sessions. The Teaching Programme is delivered not only by consultants and trainees from within the Trust but by external companies to deliver aspects of the curriculum that can be difficult to deliver by traditional methods.

We have now produced a register of Taster weeks available to Foundation doctors at the end of their F1 year or F2 year which can be viewed in the link provided.  There is a named supervisor and intended learning objectives for the week.  The taster sessions are under constant review and continually being added to.

We host a Poster Day for Foundation trainees and invite other Trusts to give Foundation Doctors an opportunity to present their audits or quality improvement projects at a regional event.

Foundation doctors have the opportunity to take on extra roles such as Foundation rep, Lessons Learnt lead, Dementia champion and lead organiser for above mentioned Poster day.  Trainees are also encouraged to take part in a number of audits and service improvement projects.  The Foundation teaching programme also includes peer led teaching and case presentations so that all F1 doctors have the opportunity to present.