Recruitment and Eligibility
Applicants are eligible to apply for foundation training if they meet certain eligibility criteria. These criteria include the right to work in the UK, and medical qualification.
Eligibility Requirements for Foundation Training
In order to be eligible for foundation training on a UK programme, candidates must
- have a GMC-recognised medical degree on commencement of the Foundation Programme;
- expect to obtain provisional GMC registration on commencement of the Foundation Programme;
- are a national of the UK or EEA, a final year medical student in the UK, or have the right to work as a doctor in training in the UK;
- have written approval from the Dean of their medical school;
- can start working on commencement of the Foundation Programme;
- are in good standing with the GMC, and fit to practise in line with the GMC’s ‘Good Medical Practice’ guidance;
- have qualified from a UK medical school within two years of the programme’s start date, or have completed the UKFPO national clinical assessment;
- are able to supply all requested documents – including immigration status details, GMC registration status, and details of their right to work in the UK; and
- able to communicate effectively with patients and colleagues in English by
- following GMC’s guidance in ‘Good Medical Practice’;
- providing an IELTS certificate with a minimum score of 7.5 in speaking, listening, reading, and writing; or
- proving that their primary medical qualification was obtained solely in English, including 100% of examinations, and at least 75% of patient contact.
The National Licensing Exam
The GMC are considering introducing a national licensing examination for all doctors who wish to practise medicine in the UK, to set a common standard.
It has been proposed that the national licensing exam would replace the PLAB examination for international medical graduates and doctors, subject to legal review, but would also be required for UK graduates.
The GMC are planning to introduce the national licensing examination, or Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA), from 2022. It has been proposed that the assessment will comprise two parts testing applied knowledge, and clinical and professional skills. The GMC are planning to incorporate the medical licensing assessment into the final year examinations at medical school.
Standalone F1 Posts
The UKFPO are recruiting doctors for standalone F1 posts, who either have or are eligible for full GMC registration – for both UK and international doctors. The posts last for one year and allows the same access to teaching as provisionally-registered F1 trainees – including the e-portfolio. If applicants successfully complete the F1 year they may then apply for F2 posts.
On commencement of the Foundation Programme, applicants need to have a GMC-recognised medical degree, and full GMC registration with a licence to practice – they should also be in good standing with the GMC. A valid Intermediate Life Support (ILS) certificate or an Advanced Life Support (ALS) certificate is desirable. Applicants must be a UK or EEA national, or be able to show that they have the right to work as a trainee doctor in the UK. They must also be proficient in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English.
Standalone F2 Posts
Recruitment for standalone F2 posts is organised locally by foundation schools in collaboration with a local employer. Applicants must
- hold a GMC-recognised medical degree;
- expect to hold full GMC registration with a licence to practice on commencement;
- an ILS certificate or equivalent;
- have the right to work as a trainee doctor in the UK;
- be in good standing with the GMC, and able to follow the requirements of ‘Good Medical Practice’;
- understand the outcomes of the curriculum for the Foundation Programme;
- know the requirements of the GMC’s standards for postgraduate medical training and education;
- able them to communicate with patients and colleagues effectively in English;
- have a medical degree undertaken primarily in English, or the equivalent of an academic IELTs score of at least 7.5 in speaking, writing, reading and listening;
- understand the importance of placing the focus of care on the patient;
- demonstrate the ability to prioritise tasks and make decisions appropriately;
- understand the importance of working with other team members effectively;
- be able to communicate in an effective way with patients and colleagues;
- be able to deal with pressure and challenges effectively;
- understand the principles of diversity and equality; and
- have relevant clearance following criminal record checks.
Candidates cannot have previously completed an F2 year successfully, or have received a foundation achievement of competency document (FACD) by the time the F2 post starts.
Interviews for Standalone Posts
The UKFPO is responsible for longlisting applications and inviting successful candidates to interview through Oriel. Applicants can then choose a date, time, and location – with places allocated on a first come, first served basis, and Skype options for applicants living in Scotland. The interview lasts 20 minutes and includes questions about clinical scenarios.
For standalone F2 posts, the foundation school or local employer will arrange for the longlisting, shortlisting, and interviewing of applicants. Information about the available dates for interviews should be available on the foundation school’s website.