Foundation Doctor’s Guide to Peninsula

Peninsula Foundation School covers Devon and Cornwall, with hospitals based in Exeter, Plymouth, Barnstaple and Truro.

The teaching hospitals in Peninsula include the Royal Devon & Exeter hospital (with the attached specialist Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic centre), Derriford hospital (the regional centre for cardio-thoracic, renal medicine and plastic surgery) and the Royal Cornwall Hospital (regional specialist unit for paediatrics and maternity).

All the programmes are 2-year linked, so every applicant will know where they will be for the entire duration. In more than half of the programmes you are based in the same hospital for both years, which makes it easy to choose a home base.

It’s feasible to commute between Exeter, Torbay and Plymouth (by car), but for placements in Truro and Barnstaple, you’d need to base yourself closer to these hospitals.

Peninsula is ideal for those who love the outdoors and particularly the sea – all the hospitals are near the coast, and Truro and Barnstaple are near great surfing beaches.

Messly wants to help doctors make evidence-based decisions about their careers. We’ve put together a short guide to the Peninsula Foundation School to help you rank your rotation programmes. Below is a snapshot of hospital ratings and reviews from the Messly community of doctors together with information about the geography of the region. Sign up to Messly to learn more – we’ve got over 40,000 junior doctor ratings for you to explore.



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  • Theatre time and clinic time on the rota for F1’s. Weekly departmental teaching. Ability to do all core procedures and many Orthopaedic based DOPS.
  • Not a huge variety of cases… bread and butter being neck or femur fractures, but had on calls on the general surgery rota which was a good learning experience.
Top tips

Excellent supervision and support, team wants to teach which makes it easier to learn. Workload very manageable due to good staffing at junior level. Orthopaedic geriatric team can help with medical aspect of the patients so a good wholesome learning experience.

Foundation Year 1, Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery – Torbay Hospital


  • Very well supervised, consultants readily available to support. Large variety of presentations and great learning opportunity. Rota co-ordinator – incredible.
  • Limited formal teaching from consultants. Workload could at times be very difficult. More individual and less teamwork.
Top tips

Organisation is key!

Foundation Year 2, Acute Internal Medicine – Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital

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