F2 Stand-alone Programmes 2020: Update to Person Specification Criteria (Eligibility)

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OET results will be accepted as proof of English language skills

Further to the applicant guidance and person specification criteria that has been published for F2 Stand-alone posts due to commence in July / August 2020, applicants will also have the option to provide evidence of completion of the Occupational English Test (OET) to demonstrate satisfactory English language proficiency under the criteria for eligibility.

OET is an international English language test that assesses the language communication skills of healthcare professionals who seek to register and practise in an English-speaking environment, such as the NHS.

OET covers all four language skills with an emphasis on communication in a healthcare environment; listening, reading, writing and speaking. Applicants for F2 Stand-alone will be required to demonstrate evidence of a minimum score of 400 points in each of the four domains, and as part of a single sitting of the test. Evidence must be provided in the form of the official Statement of Results provided by the OET.

General Information – English Language Proficiency

For entry to F2 Stand-alone, applicants are required to 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).

This can be demonstrated by providing one of the following: –

  • A valid IELTS certificate with a minimum score of 7.5 in each domain (speaking, listening, reading and writing). IELTS certificates must be dated no more than two years prior to the start of the programme and therefore no earlier than 5th August 2018.
  • Evidence of completion of OET with a minimum score of 400 in each domain (listening, reading, writing and speaking). OET Statement of Results must be dated no more than two years prior to the start of the programme and therefore no earlier than 5th August 2018.
  • 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
  • Evidence of employment as a doctor in an NHS organisation for a minimum of 3 months may be considered satisfactory. Please refer to appendices 4 and 5 of the applicant guidance for further information.

For general queries, please contact the UK Foundation Programme Office by email to helpdesk@foundationprogramme.nhs.uk