Information on Foundation, GP Training Schemes and our Simulation facility

Foundation Training Scheme

The Foundation Programme is part of the continuum of medical education. It is the only point in medical training which is common to all United Kingdom medical students and doctors and ensures that newly qualified doctors develop their clinical and professional skills in the workplace in readiness for core, specialty or general practice training.

Why Mid Yorkshire?

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust is well situated offering access to some of the best scenery, attractions and local night life in the UK through our vast motorway, rail and airport links.

Feedback from Foundation trainees is always positive and encouraging with excellent training opportunities across their 2 year Foundation Programme and enhanced subspecialty generic teaching in Medicine, Surgery and Community posts.

Foundation Trainees can obtain a vast array of help and support from Educational and Clinical Supervisors on the ward. With experienced and approachable Foundation Tranining Programme Directors and friendly Foundation Co-ordinators, trainees can rest assured knowing there is always someone to turn to.

GP Specialty Training Scheme

The Dewsbury, Wakefield and Pontefract GP Specialist Training Programme provides training for qualified doctors wishing to become GPs in training practices around the area. We currently have over 110 doctors on the scheme. All our GP Training practices are approved by the Yorkshire and Humber School of Primary Care and we have excellent committed Trainers in each practice. The practices vary from large town practices to small rural dispensing practices.

The hospital posts are largely undertaken in the hospitals of the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and South West Yorkshire Mental Health NHS Trust for Psychiatry. We also have a Hospice post based at Pontefract.

All our posts are on a 3 year scheme and have 18 months of general practice and 18 months hospital training on a 6 monthly rotation commencing in August and February each year. The hospital posts available are in General and Elderly Medicine, Emergency Medicine, ENT, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Psychiatry, Paediatrics.and Palliative Care.

We have 6 experienced local GPs as Training Programme Directors facilitating our teaching days and 2 Administration staff who are based at Pinderfields Hospital.

Gastrointestinal simulator


We are fortunate enough to have an excellent simulation centre here at MESH, comprising of three simulation suites and a skills lab. Our continued aim is to provide broadening opportunities for non technical and human factors training, as well as medical and surgical skills teaching.

Postgraduate Skills Lab

Frequently used on our medical and surgical skills courses, this room allows trainees to practice simple and complex procedures in a wet lab setting. Coupled with integrated projection and Smart Board facilities, the skills lab offers a great teaching environment.

Simulation Suites 1 & 2

These two suites comprise of a simulated ward with two Sim Man 3G® high fidelity manikins and three Sim Man ALS® medium fidelity manikins. The adjoining feedback room offers integrated audio visual technology.

Our simulation scenarios are programmed to suit the needs of the course or setting and cater for a wide range of multi-disciplinary specialties. Every course and event is supported by experienced admin and technical staff, ensuring any learning that takes place, does so seamlessly and is of a high quality.

Simulation Suite 3

We have a large selection of virtual reality simulators available for use by trainees, consultants and surgeons including:

  • CAE Vimedix Abdominal Ultrasound
  • GreenLight Laser
  • ORSIM Bronchoscopy simulator
  • ScanTrainer Transabdominal & Transvaginal
  • Simbionix Arthro Mentor
  • Simbionix GI/Bronch Mentor
  • Simbionix Hyst Sim
  • Simbionix LAP Mentor
  • Simbionix TURP Sim
  • Simbionix URO Mentor (x2)

These can be booked by regional trainees and are also utilised on some of our courses. Our equipment represents the best simulated training that can be offered with an excellent opportunity to practice rare and difficult scenarios to improve patient care in a safe environment.

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