Preparing for F1

Supporting Trainees Entering Practice (STEP)

Information about the STEP process has now been moved to a new section on our website. Please visit the Resources section to access all STEP guidance for applicants.

Life as an F1 doctor

Representation Options for Foundation Doctors

For information on membership offers on groups and committees for foundation doctors, review Royal College/Faculty websites directly.

Advice from current foundation doctors

Be kind, be friendly, be approachable. Learn the names of your peers, your colleagues, the cleaner, the ward clerk – everyone in the NHS workforce should feel valued and a hello and a smile can go a long way.

Katie, Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust

I believe the most important piece of advice I can give you is a good foundation doctor isn’t someone who knows everything, it’s someone who is organised, approachable, honest and knows when to ask for help.

Adam, Prince Charles Hospital Wales

Know the common diseases (like sepsis) and their treatment like the back-of-your hand; practice prescribing common drugs e.g. paracetamol and do a good A to E assessment.  These skills are invaluable. Furthermore, whenever you see a patient on your own and you feel something is not right, chances are it is not and ask for help.

Nino, South Thames Foundation School