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Career Development Opportunities

Your educational supervisor will be your first point of contact regarding careers support or guidance but there is a dedicated Careers Lead in the Trust.

Our foundation doctors are welcome to attend teaching sessions/MDTs/clinics in other specialties to build up knowledge or assist in deciding future career paths. 

We also encourage and facilitate tasters (5 day placements) in other specialties within the hospital.  Doctors who want to experience a taster can take time off from their study leave allocations, (F1 can 'borrow' the study leave from their F2 allowance and declare it on their TOI form at the end of their F1 year), or use their annual leave. Example tasters are listed below:


Surgical Specialties:

  • A&E
  • Anaesthetics
  • Breast Surgery
  • ENT
  • GI Surgery
  • ICU
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Ophthalmology 


Medical Specialties:

  • Cardiology
  • Chest Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • GUM
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Microbiology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Paediatrics
  • Radiology
  • Stroke Medicine


  • GP
  • Public Health (to be confirmed)
  • Psychiatry


Foundation trainees with an interest in teaching are offered the chance to take on role of Junior Clinical Teaching Fellows (JCTF) - responsible for organising and providing teaching sessions and Mock OSCES for medical students on placement at Southend.  The Trust currently provides a one day course (free of charge for our JCTF) which explores medical education theory and developing the clinical teacher. There is also the chance to sit on the Medical Education Board as the F1 and F2 representative to improve your leadership skills.  Another great achievement to put on your future applications!