Foundation Training

Foundation Programme.

What is Foundation Training?

Foundation Training is a 2 year programme designed to act as a bridge between medical school and specialty training. It creates the opportunity to gain experience working in a number of different specialties and was introduced in 2005 to replace the Pre-Registration House Officer (PRHO) year.

The training is supported by a curriculum which describes the domains and progress required to satisfactorily complete each stage.

  • The first year (F1) is required for all UK graduates and some others (as determined by the General Medical Council (GMC)).
  • Successful completion results in progression from provisional to full registration.
  • In the second year there is a focus on consolidating and developing F1 competencies but with a greater emphasis on training in the assessment and management of the acutely ill patient irrespective of the clinical setting.

Your F1 year will:

  • Confirm that you can put in to practice as a doctor the knowledge, skills and attitudes you learnt as a student (as outlined in The New Doctor)
  • Provide you with a safe environment in which to learn new knowledge and skills at the same time as encouraging your professional development.

Your F2 year will:

  • Increase your knowledge and skills as you will experience different specialties
  • Give you the opportunity to try out specialties you may be interested in pursuing as a career with taster days

How much will I get paid?

The basic salary for an F1 doctor can be found on the following website: 

Some posts within HEE YH may carry a banding supplement, but this is at the Trust's discretion and your enquiries re: particular posts should be made to the relevant Trust.

How much leave do I get?

Annual leave works out at 9 days per 4 month post (plus bank holidays) but is organised locally within Trusts/departments – in some cases it is planned into the rota, in others there is flexibility.

In F1, GMC requirements state that if you miss more than 4 weeks training, over and above your statutory leave (annual leave and approved study leave) you may fail to obtain F1 sign off and hence full registration.

Less Than Full Time (LTFT) Training

Applicants with children, primary caring responsibilities or health issues may wish to undertake their Foundation Training LTFT.

Working LTFT means working 50% of the hours of a full-time (f/t) trainee.

Applicants must have been successfully appointed to a f/t programme before they are able to apply. Deaneries may approve trainees either as supernumerary or as a ‘slot share’. See the policies section for more information on LTFT training.

Time Out of Foundation Programme (TOFP)

Trainees wishing to take a year out of their training between F1 and F2 may apply for TOFP, subject to approval by the FS. HEE YH is happy to support applications subject to demand.

F2 Abroad

Since 2010 entry, HEE YH Foundation schools are no longer able to support trainees wishing to do F2 abroad. 

How to Apply

For details of how to apply, please see our Allocation Process section. 

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