F2 Stand-alone

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 application window for 2023 F2 Stand-alone programme recruitment closed on Monday 30 January 2023 (12:00 midday GMT)

Recruitment Timeline

Applicant Guidance and Forms

Situational Judgement Test (SJT)

  • F2 Stand-alone SJT Information 2023 – available soon
  • F2 SJT Extenuating Circumstances Policy 2023 – available soon
  • F2 SJT Extenuating Circumstances Claim Form 2023 – available soon

Other Guidance

  • PSA Guidance for F2 Stand-alone Trainees – available soon
  • F2 Stand-alone Complaints Policy and Procedure – available soon

Frequently Asked Questions can be found on the Stand-alone Application FAQs page and Stand-alone Eligibility FAQs page.

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 GMCFull registration with GMC
2-year programme allocations1-year fixed-terms posts
FP CurriculumFP Curriculum
Clinical and Educational SupervisorClinical 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-portfolioAccess to the online foundation e-portfolio