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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

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

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.


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