F2 Stand-alone

The UK Foundation Programme Office are looking to 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.

Trainees will have the opportunity to gain experience in a series of placements in a variety of specialties / healthcare settings and will be offered the same educational resource and teaching opportunities as F2 trainees on two-year programmes.


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 e.g. 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, speciality or general practice training programme.

Please see our key documents at the bottom of this page.



Comparison of 2-year programmes to F2 Stand-alone programmes

Two-Year Foundation Programme (FP) F2 Stand-alone Programmes
Provisional Registration with GMCFull registration with GMC
2-year programme allocations1-year fixed-terms posts
FP Curriculum and Reference Guide FP Curriculum and Reference Guide
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 ePortfolio Access to the online foundation ePortfolio

For additional information please see the Stand-alone FAQs

Key Documents

September 2020: The F2 Stand-alone Applicant Guidance will be available shortly as this is currently being updated with some changes to the selection process for 2021. Please bear with us while we finalise this information.