Foundation year doctors

There are a number of foundation year 1 and 2 posts at NELFT. These cover a range of specialities such as Psychiatry, Community Paediatrics, GUM, Elderly care in Waltham Forest, Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Pan Essex.

Teaching and training courses

NELFT offers a postgraduate training programme specifically tailored for foundation year to foster a better understanding of the basics of psychopathology, psychopharmacology, history taking, mental state examination, risk assessment, plan formulation and documentation. A regular Balint Group will be organised for foundation year trainees to help them familiarise themselves with the concepts of transference, countertransference, team dynamics. Foundation year trainees will have the opportunity to present a complex case and a research paper to their peer group, and to provide teaching to medical students.


Foundation year trainees joining NELFT will receive an induction programme detailing the essential aspects of a psychiatric examination, details about the structure of the trust and the on-calls, leave and study leave arrangement, work place based assessments, psychotherapy, ECT, child and adult mental health services (AMHS) guidance

Simulation training

Will help trainees prepare for their day to day practice, and provide opportunity for peer, role player and facilitator feedback. Foundation year trainees will be encouraged to attend their local teaching as well. Teaching time is protected and all senior trainees are encouraged to take advantages of internal and external training opportunities.

Shadowing activities

Foundation year trainees will have the opportunity to shadow a bleep holder so they can acquire a better understanding and knowledge of psychiatric emergencies.