The UK Foundation Programme Office annually recruit doctors who hold or are eligible for full registration with the General Medical Council (GMC) to work in recognised F2 Stand-alone training programmes as part of the UK Foundation Programme. Applicants are invited to apply for F2 level posts across the four nations of the UK.
F2 Stand-alone doctors will have the opportunity to gain experience in a series of placements in a variety of specialties and healthcare settings and will be offered the same educational resources and teaching opportunities as F2 doctors on two-year programmes.
2023 Key Documents
The timeline and guidance for the 2023 F2 stand-alone application process will be available in early December 2022.
For now, please refer to the 2022 guidance which can be found at the bottom of this webpage. The general process and eligibility requirements remain the same.
Foundation Year 2
In Foundation Year 2 (F2) doctors remain under clinical supervision (as do all doctors in training) but take on increasing responsibility for patient care. In particular, they begin to make management decisions as part of their progress towards independent practice. F2 doctors further develop their core generic skills and contribute more to the education and training of the wider healthcare workforce, for example nurses, medical students and less experienced doctors. At the end of F2, they will have begun to demonstrate clinical effectiveness, leadership and the decision-making responsibilities that are essential for hospital and general practice speciality training.
Satisfactory completion of F2 will lead to the award of a Foundation Programme Certificate of Completion (FPCC), which indicates that the foundation doctor is ready to enter a core, specialty or general practice training programme.
See the key documents for the current recruitment year at the top of this page.
*Applicants who are currently working as part of the two-year programme or have successfully completed the F2 year and received a Foundation Achievement of Competency Document (FACD)/Foundation Programme Certificate of Completion (FPCC) are not eligible to apply for F2 Stand-alone posts.
Application & selection process
Comparison of 2-year programmes to F2 Stand-alone programmes
|Two-Year Foundation Programme (FP)||F2 Stand-alone Programmes|
|Provisional Registration with GMC||Full registration with GMC|
|2-year programme allocations||1-year fixed-terms posts|
|FP Curriculum||FP Curriculum|
|Clinical and Educational Supervisor||Clinical and Educational Supervisor|
|Foundation Programme Certificate of Completion (FPCC) upon satisfactory completion of the F2||Foundation Programme Certificate of Completion (FPCC) upon satisfactory completion of the F2|
|Access to the online foundation e-portfolio||Access to the online foundation e-portfolio|
2022 Key Documents (soon to be archived)
- F2 Stand-alone Applicant Guidance 2022
- F2 Stand-alone Person Specification 2022
- Consultant Testimony Proforma
- Disability Confident Scheme
- 2022 Stand-alone Complaints Policy and Procedure
- Reapplication to Foundation Training (F2)
- 2021/22 PSA Guidance for F2 Stand-alone Trainees
- F2 SA 2022 SJT Extenuating Circumstances Policy
- F2 SA 2022 SJT Extenuating Circumstances Claim Form
- F2 Stand-alone SJT Information 2022
The application window for F2 Stand-alone 2022 opened on Monday 17 January 2022 at 09:00AM (GMT) and closed on Monday 31 January 2022 at 12:00PM midday (GMT).