Working for a Bay Health and Care Partners organisation gives you the opportunity to thrive. We offer fantastic opportunities to learn and grow, whether you’re just starting out or starting to specialise. Read on to discover more about our education and training programmes.
Postgraduate medical education is the continuation of training of all junior doctors including Foundation and Specialty Trainees for Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry.
The General Medical Council (GMC) influences and shapes postgraduate training through the North Western Deanery who works with local NHS Trusts to deliver their individual training programmes.
All junior doctors within our Trust have named Clinical and Educational supervisor whose role it is to ensure their trainee develops against good standards expected for their level of training, which are dependent on local and GMC requirements.
We host Postgraduate Dental Students from the University of Central Lancashire who are undertaking the MSc Oral Surgery Course. Each student attends four oral surgery sessions at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary in order to develop surgical skills for dental practice. The sessions are overseen by Mrs Ameeta Joshi, Consultant Maxillo Facial Surgeon.
Our key responsibilities include
- Ensuring that trainees have a good experience in an excellent learning environment and the duties, working hours and supervision of trainees are consistent with the delivery of high quality, safe patient care.
- Quality control of Postgraduate training in our Trust.
- Organising and delivering a robust and appropriate Medical Induction programme to our junior doctors.
- Supporting our trainees to acquire the necessary skills and to achieve their curriculum needs through teaching programmes, effective educational supervision and time to learn.
- Supporting our trainers to provide effective support, supervision and mentorship and teaching for doctors in training.
- We are committed to supporting all of our SAS grade doctors with educational courses and funding.
We host Postgraduate Dental Students from the University of Central Lancashire who are undertaking the MSc Oral Surgery Course.
Each student attends four oral surgery sessions at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary in order to develop surgical skills for dental practice.
The sessions are overseen by Mrs Ameeta Joshi, Consultant Maxillo Facial Surgeon.
The Trust provides a comprehensive two year Foundation training programme, which is broken down into six four month placements. The tracks are linked and are recruited to for the full two years via the national Foundation Programme, based either at Lancaster or Barrow for the full two years.
There are 39 Foundation posts available across the Trust each year, three of which form an Academic Foundation track and are recruited to separately. For more information please visit the Health Education England website, or
Following the national recruitment process, all successfully matched candidates will be required to attend a Pre-Employment Competency Screening day.
We offer a comprehensive shadowing and induction programme the two weeks before the Foundation programme starts. This provides you with an opportunity to familiarise yourself with your new working environment and get to know your colleagues better, whilst undertaking mandatory training. This programme is designed to ease you comfortably into the working life of our Trust and resolve any issues prior to your first working day.
There will also be a departmental induction programme which will address day to day aspects such as leave, sickness reporting, study leave, rotas, policies and procedures.
Each Foundation Year 1 (FY1) year track includes at least four months in General Medicine, four months in General Surgery or Orthopaedics and one further four month post. This enables the required clinical experience for Foundation doctors to achieve full registration with the GMC at the end of FY1.
The Foundation Year 2 (FY2) offers rotations across a variety of specialities including Anaesthetics, Intensive Care, Pathology, Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynaecology as well as Medical and Surgical options. All tracks include General Practice.
All Foundation trainees within the Trust receive protected ‘bleep-free’ teaching sessions.
The Foundation Programme is supported by a dedicated team of staff.
There is a FY1 Programme Director at both the RLI (Mr Colin Cutting) and FGH (Mr Sunday Ajayi).
There is also a FY2 Programme Director at both sites.
For any queries relating to Foundation training in the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust please contact us by phone:
The Trust delivers Specialty Training on behalf of the North Western Deanery (www.nwpgmd.nhs.uk). The Postgraduate teams hold information on the various teaching programmes available to STs. We also deliver regional CT teaching sessions and ensure the SPRs are able to attend their teaching days and freed up from service commitment.
All trainees are allocated a clinical and educational supervisor whose roles are to help their trainees to develop against good standards expected for their level of training, which are dependent on local and GMC requirements.
There are Education Centres based at Furness General Hospital, Royal Lancaster Infirmary and Westmorland General Hospital.
The Centres are purpose built venues used by all healthcare disciplines for meetings, seminars, workshops and training seminars. We also frequently host both national and regional courses along with medical workshops. They are also equipped with modern Library facilities.
All of the centres host a library with 24 hour access to computer terminals, books and journals.
For any queries relating to our education centres please contact:
Furness General Hospital - 01229 403648
Royal Lancaster Infirmary - 01524 516013
Westmorland General Hospital - 01539 716720
GP ST Programmes are recruited to nationally via the Royal College of General Practitioners. There are two programmes based at the Trust. One is based around South Cumbria and the other based around Lancaster.
The programmes consist of three six month posts in a hospital; a six month GP Plus training post and a twelve month placement as an ST3 in a GP Practice. For further information about the training programme please go to the General Practice (GP) recruitment hub.
GP Speciality Training programmes in Hospital placements include: Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, Accident & Emergency, Medicine, Care of the Elderly. GP Plus Training Posts in General Practice include placements in: Palliative Care, Accident & Emergency, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Paediatrics, AMU (Acute Medical Unit) and PCN (Primary Care Network).
The programme will prepare you for your working life as a GP with lots of opportunities to develop your skills in a more modern, patient focussed NHS in North Lancashire and South Cumbria.
The schemes have smaller numbers allowing a personal approach to learning and education, coupled with an excellent record in assisting our trainees to pass the MRCGP.
Many of our Practices are often asked to assist in cases where intensive support is needed for a trainee to complete their final assessments, an endorsement of our skills, patience and persistence. General Practices’ are expanding now to provide additional training capacity to accommodate the possible future expansion to GP training. We run regular sessions for our trainers and know the value of leading by example. Our trainers give the level of commitment we expect from our trainees.
The programme will give great prospects for career development as a partner, a salaried GP or a GP with portfolio working in multiple settings such as the Hospital or University.
- Helen Gardner - 01539 716719