Eligibility


General

 

I am studying medicine at a non-UK medical school; can I apply to the Foundation Programme?

Yes. You will need to apply through the eligibility application process first over the summer months. Please refer to the Eligibility Applicant Guidance.

 

I graduated from a UK medical school this year (in 2018), do I need to apply through the eligibility process?

No. Your UK medical school will be able to nominate you for one more year.

 

I graduate from a UK medical school prior to August 2017, can I apply for the Foundation Programme?

Yes. You will need to apply through the eligibility application process first over the summer months. Please refer to the Eligibility Applicant Guidance.

 

I have a UK medical degree from a school outside of the UK, will my medical school nominate me?

If you are a UK national, your medical school will be able to nominate you. If you are a non-UK or non-EEA national, you will need to apply through the eligibility application process.

 

How do I apply through the eligibility process?

You will need to submit an online application through the Oriel system. Please refer to the Eligibility Applicant Guidance.

 

Do I need to send any information through the post to the UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO)?

No.

 


 

Degree Qualification

 

I graduated from a non-UK medical school, what do I need to provide as proof of my degree qualification?

You must have a valid medical degree recognised by the GMC by the start of the programme.

You must have written approval from your medical school Dean (Dean’s nominated representative) of your suitability to apply for the programme. This is in the form of a Dean’s statement. Please refer to the Eligibility Applicant Guidance.

 

Does the Dean’s statement need to be handwritten or typed?

The content of your Dean’s statement needs to be legible. This can be either handwritten or typed. The Dean’s Statement and guidance for completion is available in the Eligibility Applicant Guidance.

 

My degree certificate is not in English, can I still apply?

Yes. If your degree certificate is not in English, an official English translation must also be provided.

 


 

GMC Registration

 

What type of GMC registration is required for entry to foundation training?

Provisional registration with a licence to practise.

 

Do I need to be provisionally registered with the GMC when I submit my application?

No. You will need to have applied for and obtained provisional registration by the start of the programme. You are advised to apply for registration at least three months before the start of the programme.

For further information on applying for registration with the GMC, please visit https://www.gmc-uk.org/doctors/registration_applications/join_the_register.asp.

 

What is an internship?

The definition of an internship is a period of pre-graduate or post-graduate clinical experience prior to having a licence to practise medicine unsupervised.

 

I have experience of working in a clinical setting, what level of registration will I be eligible for?

Applicants who have postgraduate experience of working in a clinical setting are advised to liaise with the General Medical Council (GMC) about their registration status. For example, applicants who have undertaken a 12-month internship may be eligible for full registration with the GMC, rendering them ineligible to apply for foundation training.

 

When should I apply for PLAB?

To take PLAB 1, you must have qualified from medical school. The latest PLAB 1 examination date that would allow sufficient time to take PLAB 2 and get GMC provisional registration by the start of the programme is 1st November 2018; UK bookings must be made by 25th October 2018 (subject to availability). Please note: overseas bookings for March must be made by 20th September 2018 (subject to availability).

Applicants should take PLAB 1 as soon as possible to have the best opportunity to complete PLAB 2 before the start of the programme. While it is possible to complete PLAB 2 if you pass PLAB 1 in March, there is no guarantee that there will be sufficient places available at planned PLAB 2 sittings.

If you need to undertake PLAB 1 and PLAB 2, your date of qualification from medical school must be no later than Thursday 25th October 2018.

 

Can I provide PLAB documentation when the eligibility checking period has closed?

Yes. Documentation must be provided by the deadlines provided by the UKFPO.

 

What evidence do I need to provide to demonstrate that I am not required to take PLAB?

The UKFPO will be able to determine this from your passport and your medical degree certificate, or a valid Dean’s statement showing that you will qualify from medical school by Thursday 25th October 2018. You may also provide confirmation from the GMC that you have either booked or successfully passed PLAB 1 and / or PLAB 2. Or, if you already have provisional registration, you can provide confirmation of this from the GMC.

 


 

English Language Proficiency

 

What are the English language requirements for entry to foundation training?

You must have demonstrable skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking in English language that enable effective communication in clinical practice with patients and colleagues, as set out in the GMC’s Good Medical Practice (2013) 1 **.

This can be demonstrated by providing a valid academic IELTS certificate with a minimum score of 7.5 in each domain (speaking, listening, reading and writing) at one sitting, or proof that your primary medical qualification has been undertaken solely in English, that all examinations undertaken were solely in English and that your primary medical qualification has included at least 75% of contact with patients in English. The General Medical Council (GMC) maintains a list of institutions from which they will not accept evidence of English Language proficiency. Confirmation of English language proficiency on a medical school Dean’s statement will only be considered if the medical school is not on this list. http://www.gmc-uk.org/doctors/registration_applications/23567.asp 

 

What is IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication.

 

Does the Foundation Programme accept the Oxford English Test (OET)?

No.

 

Some of my documents are in a different name (e.g. maiden name), can I still apply?

Yes. If the names given on your passport, eligibility application form, medical school degree certificate and Dean’s Statement do not match, you must upload documentation to Oriel confirming an official name change (for example, a copy of your marriage certificate or divorce decree certificate).

You must complete all documentation and the online applications using the same name, in the same format each time it is shown. For example, if your name is written as John Smith on the eligibility application form, then it must appear that way in all future documentation and correspondence, not as Jonathan Smith, John A Smith, JA Smith, Smith John, etc. The name you record on your online eligibility application form must match the name on your passport.

 

I have more than one nationality, which one should I include on my application form?

If you have dual nationality / multi citizenship, please ensure that you complete the online Oriel application with information on the most relevant nationality regarding providing evidence of your right to work in the UK and upload the relevant passport / ID card. 

Please note that the nationality provided on your application form will be used to determine whether or not you would be required to undertake the PLAB examinations.

 


 

Clinical Assessment

 

- How do I know if I am required to undertake the clinical assessment?

If you qualified from medical school on or before 7th August 2017, you must undertake an assessment of your clinical skills in the UK prior to being granted full eligibility.

 

What does the clinical assessment involve?

The primary purpose of this assessment is to determine suitability to start the foundation programme. The assessments will be undertaken by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. Candidates will sit a set of 16-station Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) in approximately four hours.

The clinical assessment will be held from 23rd – 25th October 2018.

 

Can I choose when I take the clinical assessment?

No. The clinical assessment will be held from 23rd – 25th October 2018.

You must attend the date that is provided to you.

 

I took the clinical assessment last year; do I need to take it again?

No. The clinical assessment is valid for 2 years.

 

What happens if I fail the clinical assessment?

Your application will be deemed ineligible as you will not have met the eligibility criteria for entry to foundation training.

Your application will be withdrawn.

 

What is the cost of the clinical assessment?

£850.

 

If I pay for the clinical assessment and my application is later withdrawn for another reason, for example, for not passing PLAB, will I receive a refund?

No.

 

If I apply though the eligibility application process, am I required to sit the Situational Judgement Test (SJT)?

All applicants will be required to sit the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) on Friday 7th December 2018 or Monday 7th January 2019. Eligibility applicants will be able to book their SJT slot online on Oriel. The deadline to book for the SJT is 12:00 BST on Monday 3rd September 2018.

 

If my application is deemed eligible, does this mean that I will be guaranteed a job?

Yes. If your application has been deemed eligible with conditions, the condition must be met. You must also meet all requirements of the person specification, e.g. you will need to achieve a satisfactory SJT.

If you are required to pass PLAB, you must pass both PLAB 1 and PLAB 2 by the deadlines specified.

You will need to ensure you have the right to work in the UK.

 

How do I apply as a refugee doctor?

Please contact the UKFPO team directly for further advice and support in your application via helpdesk@foundationprogramme.nhs.uk

 


 

Right to Work

 

What can I provide as acceptable proof that I have the right to work in the UK?

Passport and visa (if applicable). Please consult the UK Home Office website for further information.

 

I am currently studying in the UK and have a Tier 4 visa; will these meet the right to work criteria?

Non-UK / EEA nationals who graduate from a UK medical school will be eligible for a Tier 4 visa for the purposes of undertaking foundation training.

 

I require sponsorship to apply for a Tier 2 visa, will the UKFPO provide sponsorship?

Sponsorship can be provided in support of Tier 2 applications. All settled workers must be allocated first in accordance with EU immigration law. In the event that the programme is oversubscribed, applicants who do not have the right to work will not be considered.

Please be advised that right to work rules and regulations are subject to change and determined by the UK Home Office. The information provided is based on the current legislation. The rules may change at any time during the application process.

 

Can I provide proof of evidence of my right to work in the UK after the eligibility application window?

Yes. The deadline for providing evidence of RTW for non-EEA (applicants for FP only) is 28th February 2019. Applicants who are unable to provide evidence of their RTW at this time will be flagged as subject to RLMT and allocated once all eligible settled workers have been allocated to places in accordance with EU immigration law.

Please be advised that right to work rules and regulations are subject to change and determined by the UK Home Office. The information provided is based on the current legislation. The rules may change at any time during the application process.