Routes into general practice: Foundation training

The foundation programme involves six different intervals, known as rotations, across a wide range of medical specialties. These rotations enable you to gain valuable experience and become competent in basic clinical skills. You’ll also be able to develop non-clinical skills such as communication and team work. Foundation years provide you with an opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge gained at medical school.

Applications to foundation programmes are made in the autumn for the following summer. Application is managed nationally through by the Foundation Programme website, you can also view their most up to date handbook which includes deadlines and other important dates for the year ahead.

Foundation Year 1 (F1)

In your first year, or F1 your, you’ll gain your provisional registration from the General Medical Council (GMC). After successfully completing your F1 year, you’ll receive your full registration with the GMC.

Foundation year 2 (F2)

In your second year, or F2, you’ll continue general training whilst gaining continual exposure to a variety of medical environments. This will help you decide which area of medicine you wish to specialise in.

When you have completed your foundation training you must demonstrate a high level of skill and competency in managing acutely ill patients, team work and communication. You must sit the Situational Judgement Test (SJT). This is a multiple choice exam to assess your professional judgement.

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