Taster Days


Foundation doctors have the opportunity to attend Taster days, observing a specialty they may not have worked in to help guide their future career choices. There are a range of taster opportunities available, for which foundation doctors are able to arrange days themselves, with their employing Trust, tailored to their needs.

Foundation Trainees wishing to attend a Taster day are required to apply for leave. Granting this leave is at the discretion of the department the trainee is working for. There is no funding for travel expenses etc. and a maximum of 3 days per year are allowed (maximum of 5 Taster Days over F1/F2). 

If you wish to attend a Taster day and your supervisor feels it is appropriate for you to attend, please complete the form below and return it to your Foundation Coordinator and/or Medical Education Centre at least 6 weeks prior to your planned Taster Day. 

The form must be signed by your rota coordinator or medical staffing coordinator, and your FTPD. You will also need to inform your department or ward and make arrangements for your duties to be covered.

To find out more, please make enquiries within your hospital to the specialty you wish to have experience of and/or contact the foundation coordinator at other hospitals if a specialty is not available at your hospital. Contact details of the foundation coordinators can be found on the respective Trust pages on our website.


For more information see the Study Leave Guidance in the documents section below.