General Information

Matching to Foundation Programmes

Once you have been matched to a Unit of Application (UoA) via the national recruitment process which happens automatically via Oriel (the online application system), you will receive an email informing you of the outcome. You will then be asked to preference all programmes within the UoA and allocations to rotations will subsequently be made in a cascading order.  See F1 Recruitment 2017 page for more information.

With effect from August 2017 West Midlands Schools will have linked F1 and F2 programmes. Trainees who commenced foundation training in August 2016 allocation to F2 is by a separate process; click here for more information.

Induction and Pre-employment Shadowing

All F1 doctors are required to complete an online generic e-Induction programme prior to commencing their actual F1 rotation. For 2017 recruitment, all trainees are required to attend pre-employment shadowing from Wednesday 26 July 2017, which will include time for induction at the Trust in addition to time scheduled to shadow the F1 job allocated.

Study Leave

This is only permitted during the F2 year and is not available during F1. Special arrangements can be made for F1 doctors who wish to arrange career “taster” sessions during the last eight months of their F1 year. Leave is available for F1 trainees to attend ALS training and also (Level 3) Simulation Training if they did not undertake this as part of their undergraduate programme. Simulation Training and Taster weeks are offered to all F2 trainees. Study Leave is administered in accordance with the HEE WM Foundation Study Leave Policy.

Annual Leave

F1 doctors are entitled to 27 days annual leave in the year. The 27 days' entitlement does not include the 8 statutory holidays. If a Foundation doctor works any part of a Bank Holiday they are entitled to an additional day's leave in lieu. In some specialties there is some restriction on when a Foundation doctor can take their leave during a 4 month rotation (e.g. not on their ‘hot week’ for surgery). The individual directorates will inform the Foundation doctor of any specific restrictions on when they can take leave. The Foundation doctor is required to book their leave at least 6 weeks in advance via the relevant HR Manager.

FY2 Outside the UK

HEE WM does not support or accredit doctors who wish to undertake their F2 year outside the UK.

Time Out of Foundation Programme (TOFP)

Foundation doctors contemplating requesting TOFP should check the relevant guidance in the Key Documents section of the UKFPO website.

Inter Foundation School Transfer (IFST)

Foundation doctors contemplating requesting an IFST should check the relevant “Guidance for Applicants” in the Key Documents section of the UKFPO website. Applications must be approved and signed by the Foundation School Director.

Page Updated: 28 September 2016.