Stand-alone Inter-Foundation School Transfers (IFST) FAQs

I have recently been allocated to the two-year Foundation Programme and my personal circumstances have changed. Can I apply for a transfer to a different foundation school even though I haven’t commenced F1 training?

You are encouraged to discuss your situation with your medical school / allocated foundation school in the first instance as there may be local support mechanisms or adjustments that can be made to enable you to continue in your existing programme.

You can apply for an IFST as part of the national process. If your circumstances have changed since your initial application to the two-year Foundation Programme, you are advised to consider the guidance available on the UKFPO website.

I am a current F1 trainee and my personal circumstances have changed, can I move to a programme at a different foundation school for my F2 year?

You are encouraged to discuss your situation with your Clinical / Educational Supervisor in the first instance as there may be local support mechanisms or adjustments that can be made to enable you to continue in your existing programme.

You can apply for an IFST as part of the national process. If your circumstances have changed since you commenced your programme, you are advised to consider the guidance available on the UKFPO website.

How do I apply for a transfer to a different programme?

You need to complete the electronic IFST form available on the UKFPO website and email it to IFST@foundationprogramme.nhs.uk.

I don’t meet any of the criteria to be considered for an Inter-Foundation School Transfer (IFST), but I’m really not happy and do not wish to continue in my existing programme, what options are available to me?

We would strongly advise you to speak to your Clinical and / or Educational Supervisor depending on your concerns. There will be support mechanisms available for you to access within your existing foundation school and / or employing organisation as appropriate.