Eligibility Applications: Clinical Assessment FAQs

If you qualified from medical school 2 years or longer prior to the start of the programme, you must undertake an assessment of your clinical skills in the UK prior to being granted full eligibility

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. Please refer to the Eligibility guidance for more information.

No. The Clinical Assessment is valid for 2 years.

No, you cannot choose when to take the assessment. You will be allocated a day and you will also be provided with details of your allocated date and time. Please refer to the Eligibility timeline for the clinical assessment dates.

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 Your application will be withdrawn.

The non-refundable assessment fee is £850.

No. The assessment fee is non-refundable.

Resources to help applicants prepare will be provided closer to the time of the assessment.

Each station will have its own pass mark that will be determined in advance by a panel of expert teacher and assessors to reflect the degree of difficulty. This is set by the Angoff method and neither the individual nor the examiners will be told the pass mark for a particular station.

Results will be emailed to applicants. Please refer to the Eligibility timeline for the details.

In line with Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust regulations, you cannot appeal against the clinical and academic judgement of an examiner. If you wish to complain that the correct processes and procedures were not followed during the assessment, you must submit an appeal in writing to the UKFPO, clearly explaining your grounds for the appeal.

If you require Reasonable Adjustments, please inform the UKFPO by emailing helpdesk@foundationprogramme.nhs.uk as soon as possible. Please refer to the Eligibility guidance and timeline for the deadline.

PLAB is not a substitute for the Clinical Assessment. If, when the programme starts, you will have qualified from medical school 2 years ago or longer, you must take the Clinical Assessment, regardless of whether you have passed/need to take PLAB.

The Clinical Assessment is a requirement of the UK Foundation Programme.

PLAB is a requirement of the GMC.

Yes, we can provide a letter to confirm that you will be required to take the exam. Please email the UKFPO Team at helpdesk@foundationprogramme.nhs.uk to obtain this. Applicants are strongly advised to apply for their visa in plenty of time as the £850 Clinical Assessment fee will not be refunded under any circumstances including failure to obtain your visa.