Base hospitals are decided as follows:
A) If the trainee has previously claimed relocation expenses whilst in this training programme, then the last hospital that paid them to relocate is their base hospital.
B) If the trainee knows that they will spend more than half of their training programme at one particular hospital, then that hospital can be the base hospital if (A) above does not apply.
C) If the trainee does not know where they will rotate to next and neither (A) nor (B) apply, then the first hospital on their rotation is their base hospital.
D) A trainee may select a base hospital convenient to their home address if none of the above apply and they provide verification that they will definitely be rotated to that hospital (as opposed to it being a possible post on a rotation).
A will always take precedence – if they have relocated for a particular post then that post will be their base. If they have not relocated during their current training programme then they can select any hospital on their current programme as long as they have been there, or they can verify that it will definitely be their next post.
For the majority of trainees their base hospital is the first hospital on their training programme. Please note that this resets as a trainee moves between training programmes, for example if a trainee joins Core Medicine after Foundation training, the first hospital on the Core Medicine training programme will be their base hospital.