Preparing for F1

Extended Shadowing

As a result of disruptions to training caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, new FY1 doctors may feel less comfortable in their new clinical environments compared to their predecessors. The Departments of Health in the four nations have agreed to support an extra 5 days of shadowing for FY1 trainees in 2021. This is in addition to the usual period of shadowing, to enable FY1 trainees adapt better to their new surroundings and colleagues. More information on extended shadowing can be found in the guidance below.

Extended Shadowing Guidance 2021

Supporting Trainees Entering Practice (STEP)

STEP Guidance

All applicants to the Foundation Programme are encouraged to make full use of the process for Supporting Trainees Entering Practice (STEP) by completing the relevant form. This process is intended to support the transition from undergraduate medical education to postgraduate training and employment as a doctor. Applicants have an opportunity to share information in relation to their health, welfare, performance and skills and professionalism. The information provided on the form is confirmed, or in some cases expanded upon, by staff at the graduating medical school, and is used by the applicant’s allocated Foundation School to ensure that new trainees get the right educational and pastoral support during their two-year programme and to see if they require reasonable adjustments to complete the programme.

This form is obtained in advance of the start of the programme to allow Foundation Schools and employers time to identify suitable adjustments, if necessary, and prepare for the arrival of trainees by ensuring appropriate support mechanisms are in place. Once you know which foundation school you have been allocated to it is your responsibility to ensure that they receive your completed STEP form.

Who should complete the online STEP form?

The STEP form should be completed by all trainees.

STEP Guidance for Students UKFP 2021

STEP Form 2021

Word Version – STEP Form UKFP 2021

STEP Guidance for Medical Schools 

STEP Guidance for Foundation Schools 

Please find below STEP contacts for medical and foundation schools:

Medical School Contacts

Foundation Schools Contacts

For applicants applying to UKFP 2022, further guidance will be issued in due course.

Life as an F1 doctor

Real Stories

Representation Options for Foundation Doctors

For information on membership offers for foundation doctors, as of April 2021, please review this Overview of Membership and Representation Options document.

Advice from current foundation trainees

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

For more information about life as a Foundation Doctor, please have a look at our case studies.