The Foundation Programme
Eligibility

PR-FAQ-ELIGBILITY/01 Eligibility - General


  1. I am studying medicine at a non-UK medical school; can I apply to the Foundation Programme?
  2. I graduated from a UK medical school in 2012; can I still apply to the Foundation Programme?
  3. How do I apply as a refugee doctor if I can't get documents from my home country?
  4. Do I have to provide the UKFPO with academic transcripts from my secondary education?
  5. I graduated some time ago and no-one at my medical school knows me or remembers me anymore. Do I still have to ask them to complete a Dean's Statement and what do I do if they say they can't provide it?
  6. I have a UK medical degree from a school outside of the UK; will my medical school nominate me?
  7. Is there anything I can do to assist my eligibility application and reduce the chances of it being rejected?
  8. If I am deemed eligible to apply, does this mean I am guaranteed a job?
  9. How can I check that my documents have reached you?
  10. Will it help if I come to the office to personally deliver my documentation?
  11. Do the eligibility form and dean's statement need to be typed or handwritten?

PR-FAQ-ELIGBILITY/02 Eligibility - GMC Registration and PLAB


  1. What type of GMC registration do I need in order to apply for the Foundation Programme?
  2. What happens if I have full GMC registration?
  3. How will I know what level of GMC registration I will be awarded based on my internship or clinical experience?
  4. What are the latest dates for booking PLAB 1 and 2 in order to apply to the Foundation Programme 2018?
  5. What evidence do I need to submit in order to meet the UKFPO's eligibility requirements relating to GMC Registration/PLAB?
  6. Can I provide my PLAB documentation after the eligibility checking period has closed?
  7. What will happen to my application if I am unable to book a PLAB 1 exam for 15 March 2018?
  8. If I have met the eligibility requirements for PLAB at the time of my eligibility application are there any further actions/requirements that I must undertake?
  9. As an EEA citizen studying in an EEA country I am exempt from undertaking PLAB? What can I provide to the Eligibility Office as evidence of my exemption?
  10. What format shall I provide PLAB information to the Eligibility Office?
  11. How do I evidence that I meet the GMC requirements for provisional registration?
  12. I am an EEA national; how do I evidence that I am not required to take PLAB?

PR-FAQ-ELIGBILITY/03 Eligibility - English Language Requirements


  1. What are the English language requirements for entry into the Foundation Programme?
  2. What is IELTS?
  3. I have registered to take the General IELTS examination; is this sufficient for my application?
  4. The GMC has granted me exemption from IELTS; what can I provide to the UKFPO as evidence of this so I do not need to take IELTS?
  5. Will I be deemed eligible if I have met the GMC requirements around IELTS?
  6. I may not receive my Academic IELTS certificate by the deadline on 09 August 2017, can I upload a screenshot of my IELTS results as evidence of English Language proficiency?

PR-FAQ-ELIGBILITY/04 Eligibility - Clinical Assessment


  1. I qualified prior to 01 August 2016 and therefore must undertake a clinical assessment. What does this involve?
  2. Can I take the clinical assessment at another time convenient for me?
  3. I need to take the clinical assessment, which SJT should I take?
  4. If I passed my clinical assessment for entry to FP2017 (last year), do I need to be reassessed this year?
  5. What happens if I fail the clinical assessment?
  6. If I have paid for the clinical assessment but have my application withdrawn as I do not hold the right to work in the UK, will I receive a refund?
  7. If I have paid for the clinical assessment but do not attend, can my payment be carried forward for future years?

PR-FAQ-ELIGBILITY/05 Eligibility - Right to work


  1. What can I provide as acceptable proof that I have the right to work in the UK as part of my eligibilty application?
  2. I do not currently hold the right to work in the UK but have been deemed 'eligible to apply subject to providing right to work and passing the UKFPO clinical assessment?' - what does this mean?
  3. Can I provide proof of my right to work documentation after the eligibility period has closed?

PR-FAQ-ELIGBILITY/06 Eligibility - Applying online


  1. What is an internship?
  2. The declaration on the Eligibility Application says I must submit all required supporting document to the UKFPO?s Eligibility Office by the required date. What supporting documentation do I need to submit?
  3. Can I use my mobile number as my main telephone number?
  4. My degree is in my maiden name/I have changed my name since receiving my degree. Can I still apply?
  5. I qualify from Medical School in July 2018 and will start the Foundation Programme in August. Do I have to complete the Post Graduate Experience section of the application form?
  6. When I log into Oriel, why does my dashboard already have an outcome for my FP 2018 Eligibililty Application when I haven't applied yet?
  7. When I log into Oriel and go to upload my IELTS evidence, there is no option to upload my IELTS certificate, what can I do?

PR-FAQ-ELIGBILITY/01 Eligibility - General


  1. I am studying medicine at a non-UK medical school; can I apply to the Foundation Programme?

    Yes, graduates from non-UK medical schools can apply but first you need to a complete an online eligibility application form and submit documentation to the UKFPO's Eligibility Office in order to determine whether or not you meet the eligibility criteria. For more information on the eligibility checking process and to download all the UKFP 2018 Eligibility documents go to the Eligibility webpage.

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  2. I graduated from a UK medical school in 2012; can I still apply to the Foundation Programme?

    Yes you can apply, but as you graduated from a UK medical school prior to 01 August 2016, you will need to submit an eligibility application to the UKFPO’s Eligibility Office and will be required to undertake the national clinical assessment, an assessment of your clinical skills. For more information on the eligibility checking process and to download all the UKFP 2018 eligibility documents please click here.

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  3. How do I apply as a refugee doctor if I can't get documents from my home country?

    We are aware that refugees may not be able to produce all of the evidence required by the Eligibility Office. Applicants with refugee status who believe they meet the eligibility criteria and wish to apply for a place on the Foundation Programme should contact the UKFPO’s Eligibility Office (helpdesk@foundationprogramme.nhs.uk) prior to applying to discuss their personal circumstances.

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  4. Do I have to provide the UKFPO with academic transcripts from my secondary education?

    No, you are not required to submit any transcripts for your eligibility application.

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  5. I graduated some time ago and no-one at my medical school knows me or remembers me anymore. Do I still have to ask them to complete a Dean's Statement and what do I do if they say they can't provide it?

    The General Medical Council has regulated that F1 doctors must have written approval from their university to enter a programme that completes their basic medical education. This can be evidenced either through participation in the Foundation Programme national application process, or, if appointed locally to a training post in the Foundation Programme, by a letter from the medical school confirming approval to take up the post or programme, and the arrangements for signing the Certificate of Experience.

    In order to take part in the national application process, you must provide a fully completed Dean’s Statement that gives you approval to apply, and confirms you are of good standing and fit to practise medicine safely in accordance with the GMC’s Good Medical Practice (2013).

    If you graduated some time ago and are no longer known to the medical school, the Dean understandably may be reluctant to confirm that you are of good standing and fit to practise.

    We suggest in these circumstances that you contact the Dean, explain your circumstances and ask them what evidence you could provide that would satisfy them that you are of good standing and fit to practise.
    By way of guidance, we would suggest that the following constitute reasonable evidence for you to provide to the Dean:


    a) A curriculum vitae that outlines what you have been doing during the time since you graduated. An accompanying letter should include a declaration of whether you have any criminal convictions and whether you have been investigated by any professional body.

    b) Identification of three referees who can vouch for this account of your history and your suitability to take up a post that carries professional responsibilities. Your references should be from professional persons or persons of good standing in the community. Your referees should not be related to you by birth or marriage, or be in a personal relationship with you or live at the same address as you. Suitable referees would include employers and members of professional bodies. Where your referees are licensed or registered professionals (including registered medical practitioners) they should provide details of the relevant regulatory body and include details of their registration or reference number. You should provide copies of these references to the Dean but it must be possible to verify them independently, so do ensure that your referees provide details of a business address or telephone number where they can be contacted.

    You should also be willing to attend a face-to-face interview with the Dean if they request this.

    This process may take some time so contact the Dean at the earliest opportunity and well before the deadline for submitting the statement to the Eligibility Office to confirm what requirements they have before they will consider signing the Dean’s statement. Depending on your circumstances, the Dean may also need time to contact the GMC for advice about your request.

    Please note that you will be considered ineligible to apply for the Foundation Programme 2018 if you fail to provide a fully completed Dean’s statement that confirms all required statements. If, after following the steps above, your Dean is still unable to complete a Dean’s Statement, you can contact the Eligibility Office for further advice before the closing date for submitting eligibility documentation. Please note though that it may not be possible for the Eligibility Office to resolve the issue.

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  6. I have a UK medical degree from a school outside of the UK; will my medical school nominate me?

    If you have or are studying for a UK medical degree outside the UK and are a UK or EEA national your affiliated UK medical school will arrange for you to be nominated to apply for FP 2018.

    If you are not a UK or EEA national you will be required to submit an eligibility application prior to applying for the Foundation Programme.

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  7. Is there anything I can do to assist my eligibility application and reduce the chances of it being rejected?

    Yes. Taking extra care in completing your eligibility form may mean the difference between being assessed as eligible to apply or ineligible.

    • Ensure that you read the Eligibility Applicant Guidance 2018 for submitting supporting documentation and Medical School Dean’s Statement Notes carefully – they both contain explicit guidance which you should read and digest.
    • Ensure you have completed all sections of the form with the information requested.
    • Adhere to ALL deadlines – in the past several doctors have had to put their career plans on hold for an entire year simply by submitting paperwork late – deadlines are there for a reason and exceptions cannot be made, regardless of the circumstances.
    • Ensure your application is typed or word processed. Handwritten documentation is not acceptable.
    • Ensure your declaration is signed in ink.
    • Ensure you supply one passport photo with your eligibility application.
    • Ensure any documents uploaded onto Oriel are clear.
    • Ensure the second page of the Dean’s Statement has your name on it and is signed.
    • Ensure your postgraduate experience is completed in full and correctly.

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  8. If I am deemed eligible to apply, does this mean I am guaranteed a job?

    Being assessed as eligible to apply gives applicants the opportunity to apply to the Foundation Programme/Academic Foundation Programme 2018 through the national application process. It does not guarantee appointment to a job.

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  9. How can I check that my documents have reached you?

    You will be sent an acknowledgement email within five working days of receipt of your supporting documentation. If you do not hear anything from us within this timescale it means that we have not received your documentation. It is advisable to send your documents to the Eligibility Office as early as possible to ensure receipt by the deadline. Late eligibility applications will not be accepted under any circumstances. It is your responsibility to ensure your documentation arrives at the Eligibility Office safely – you may wish to consider using a guaranteed delivery service, but again, please be reminded that if delays in this service occur, we will not be able to accept late applications.

    The address to send your documentation to is:

    UKFPO Eligibility Office
    St Chad's Court
    213 Hagley Road
    Edgbaston
    Birmingham
    B16 9RG

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  10. Will it help if I come to the office to personally deliver my documentation?

    No. The Eligibility Office is unable to process application documentation on a face-to-face basis. Submissions of eligibility documentation are strictly by post only.

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  11. Do the eligibility form and dean's statement need to be typed or handwritten?

    The Eligibility application form must now be completed online on Oriel. The Dean's Statement can be typed or handwritten.

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PR-FAQ-ELIGBILITY/02 Eligibility - GMC Registration and PLAB


  1. What type of GMC registration do I need in order to apply for the Foundation Programme?

    All applicants must hold or ensure that they are eligible to obtain provisional GMC registration with a licence to practise* before submitting an eligibility application. You do not need to have provisional registration with a licence to practise before you apply but you must have it before the Foundation Programme starts.

    * Please refer to the General Medical Council website for details. 
     

     

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  2. What happens if I have full GMC registration?

    If you hold, or are eligible to obtain, full GMC registration then you are not eligible to apply for the two-year national Foundation Programme.

    However you may apply directly for a one-year stand-alone F1/F2 programmes. The UKFPO is not responsible for F2 recruitment. Each foundation school recruits for F2 posts at a local level and will have its own timetable and deadline for receiving applications. The UKFPO has recently published a national person specification for one-year stand-alone fixed term F2 programme which you can download here. However recruitment to one-year stand-alone F2 programmes is still managed locally by the foundation schools. Please visit the individual foundation school websites for more information. Please click here for a list of addresses. You may also find it useful to refer to the medical press and NHS Jobs website.  

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  3. How will I know what level of GMC registration I will be awarded based on my internship or clinical experience?

    The General Medical Council (GMC) is the body responsible for determining the level of registration that will be awarded to individuals.

    For GMC registration information please see the relevant section on the GMC website.

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  4. What are the latest dates for booking PLAB 1 and 2 in order to apply to the Foundation Programme 2018?

    The GMC has confirmed that unless an applicant has booked a place on, or before, the PLAB 1 examination being held on 15 March 2018, there will not be sufficient time to gain provisional registration by the start of the Foundation Programme in August 2018.  Please note: The closing date for booking PLAB 1 to sit it in the United Kingdom is 08 March 2018 (subject to availability).

    We highly recommend that where possible applicants book their PLAB 1 exam before the last date of 08 March 2018 as this is likely to be fully booked.

    You should submit proof of the PLAB 1 examination booking as part of your eligibility application where possible.

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  5. What evidence do I need to submit in order to meet the UKFPO's eligibility requirements relating to GMC Registration/PLAB?

    • If you have already qualified from medical school:

    As part of the eligibility application, and in order to demonstrate that you are able to gain provisional GMC registration by the start of the Foundation Programme 2018 (i.e. 1 August 2018), you are required to provide one of the following:

    a) proof that you have gained provisional GMC registration; or
    b) proof that you have passed your PLAB 1 or PLAB 2 exam; or
    c) proof that you have booked your PLAB 1 or PLAB 2 exam within certain specified timescales; or
    d) proof that you are not required to sit the PLAB exams.

    • If you have not yet qualified from medical school:

    If you have not yet qualified, you must either provide evidence that you are not required to take PLAB or a valid Dean’s Statement showing that you will qualify from medical school before 8 March 2018. The closing date for booking PLAB 1 is 8 March 2018 (subject to availability).

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  6. Can I provide my PLAB documentation after the eligibility checking period has closed?

    If you have already qualified then yes. The required documentation must be received by the Eligibility Office no later than 11 January 2018, but we would advise you to submit confirmation as soon as possible. After the eligibility window has closed, you would be required to email your evidence to helpdesk@foundationprogramme.nhs.uk.

    If you do not provide confirmation by the deadline then you will not be eligible to apply for the Foundation Programme 2018 and your application will be withdrawn from the process.

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  7. What will happen to my application if I am unable to book a PLAB 1 exam for 15 March 2018?

    If your PLAB 1 exam occurs after the 15 March 2018 then you will not have time to sit PLAB 2 and obtain provisional registration with a licence to practise before the start of the Foundation Programme 2018. Therefore you will no longer be eligible and your application will be withdrawn from the application process.

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  8. If I have met the eligibility requirements for PLAB at the time of my eligibility application are there any further actions/requirements that I must undertake?

    The UK’s General Medical Council (GMC) has confirmed that you will not have time to complete the PLAB 1 and PLAB 2 examinations and obtain GMC registration before the start of the Foundation Programme in August 2018 unless PLAB 1 is taken by 15 March 2018.

    • If you have already graduated, you must confirm to the UKFPO Eligibility Office by 11 January 2018 that you have booked PLAB 1. The appointment must be scheduled for no later than 15 March 2018.
    • You must confirm to the UKFPO that you have passed PLAB 1 by (date to be confirmed).
    • You must confirm that you have booked PLAB 2 (date to be confirmed).
    • You must confirm that you have passed PLAB 2 (date to be confirmed).

    The UKFPO will write to you with these deadline dates when they are available from the GMC and they will be available to view on our website.

    If you do not provide proof of booking/passing PLAB on the required dates, your application will be withdrawn from the process.

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  9. As an EEA citizen studying in an EEA country I am exempt from undertaking PLAB? What can I provide to the Eligibility Office as evidence of my exemption?

    Please provide proof of your nationality (passport) and proof of your country of study (medical degree certificate). No additional document is required.

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  10. What format shall I provide PLAB information to the Eligibility Office?

    If you have the required PLAB documentation at the time of submitting your eligibility application upload the information onto Oriel under the GMC Compliance section on the document upload page.

    If you are submitting PLAB documentation after the eligibility application submission period please send it via email to the following email address helpdesk@foundationprogramme.nhs.uk

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  11. How do I evidence that I meet the GMC requirements for provisional registration?

    Your passport and Dean’s Statement are used to evidence if you meet the GMC requirements. These documents will determine whether you are required to undertake PLAB as part of your application.

    These documents will also evidence whether you are likely to receive provisional or full registration with the GMC based on your country of qualification. Please note, only applicants who are eligible to obtain provisional GMC registration can apply for the 2 year Foundation Programme. Please contact the GMC directly for information on registration as they are the governing body who grant the licence. http://www.gmc-uk.org/.

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  12. I am an EEA national; how do I evidence that I am not required to take PLAB?

    EEA nationals are not required to sit PLAB as part of their GMC registration requirements. This will be evidenced by an appropriate passport demonstrating EEA status.

     

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PR-FAQ-ELIGBILITY/03 Eligibility - English Language Requirements


  1. What are the English language requirements for entry into the Foundation Programme?

    In order to satisfy the English language requirements for entry into the Foundation Programme you must supply one of the following;

    EITHER a signed and stamped Dean’s Statement 2018* confirming all of the following:

    • that the entire primary medical qualification undertaken by the applicant is being taught/was taught solely in English
    • that all examinations undertaken by the applicant during his/her primary medical qualification will be/were solely in English
    • that the applicant’s primary medical qualification will include/included a minimum of 75% contact with patients in English.

    OR

    A valid academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) certificate confirming a minimum score of 7.5 in each of the four domains: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Please note that an average score of 7.5 is not sufficient. Applicants must score 7.5 in each domain in one sitting.

    IELTS certificates are only valid for TWO years and therefore must be dated no earlier than 09 August 2015.

    Please note that no other form of English language proficiency will be accepted.

    *IMPORTANT: The UKFPO will not accept English language evidence issued by universities listed here on the GMC website. Therefore, if your university is one of those listed, you will be required to submit a valid IELTS certificate with your eligibility application.

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  2. What is IELTS?

    The academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) provides employers with evidence that your language and communication skills comply with the person specification. 

    For more information on how to undertake an IELTS exam, please visit the IELTS website.

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  3. I have registered to take the General IELTS examination; is this sufficient for my application?

    No, you must achieve the necessary level in the Academic IELTS to be eligible to apply for the programme.

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  4. The GMC has granted me exemption from IELTS; what can I provide to the UKFPO as evidence of this so I do not need to take IELTS?

    GMC exemption from IELTS does not make you exempt from IELTS as part of the Foundation Programme eligibility application. You are still required to submit evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed below:

    EITHER a signed and stamped Dean’s Statement 2018* confirming all of the following:

    • that the entire primary medical qualification undertaken by the applicant is being taught/was taught solely in English
    • that all examinations undertaken by the applicant during his/her primary medical qualification will be/were solely in English 
    • that the applicant’s primary medical qualification will include/included a minimum of 75% contact with patients in English.

    OR

    A valid academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) certificate confirming a minimum score of 7.5 in each of the four domains: reading, writing, listening and speaking. Please note that an average score of 7.5 is not sufficient.

    IELTS certificates are only valid for TWO years and therefore must be dated no earlier than 09 August 2015.

    Please note that no other form of English language proficiency will be accepted.

    *IMPORTANT: The UKFPO will not accept English language evidence issued by universities listed here on the GMC website. Therefore, if your university is one of those listed, you will be required to submit a valid IELTS certificate with your eligibility application.

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  5. Will I be deemed eligible if I have met the GMC requirements around IELTS?

    The requirements IELTS are set at a higher level than the GMC for eligibility to the Foundation Programme. GMC registration does not exempt applicants from meeting the UKFPO English Language requirements, therefore IELTS will still be required. Applicants are required to score a minimum of 7.5 in each domain to be eligible for the Foundation Programme.

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  6. I may not receive my Academic IELTS certificate by the deadline on 09 August 2017, can I upload a screenshot of my IELTS results as evidence of English Language proficiency?

    No, we cannot accept a screenshot of your Academic IELTS online as evidence for your English Language proficiency. You must upload your Academic IELTS certificate on Oriel by the deadline, 12:00 (GMT) 09 August 2017.

     

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PR-FAQ-ELIGBILITY/04 Eligibility - Clinical Assessment


  1. I qualified prior to 01 August 2016 and therefore must undertake a clinical assessment. What does this involve?

    The national clinical assessment is designed to ensure that a doctor has maintained their clinical and professional skills since qualification. The clinical assessment will be undertaken by the University Hospital of South Manchester and will take place on 24 -26 October 2017.

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  2. Can I take the clinical assessment at another time convenient for me?

    No, the dates for the national clinical assessment are 24 -26 October 2017. There are no alternative dates available. 

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  3. I need to take the clinical assessment, which SJT should I take?

    As a Clinical Assessment candidate, it is recommended you book onto the January SJT. Clinical Assessment results will be issued on 2 November 2017 and this will allow sufficient time for booking travel and accommodation prior to the January session of SJT.

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  4. If I passed my clinical assessment for entry to FP2017 (last year), do I need to be reassessed this year?

    A pass result obtained by undertaking the national clinical assessment is valid for two recruitment years i.e. UKFP 2017 and UKFP 2018.

    Therefore, if you passed the clinical assessment last year for FP 2017, you will not need to be re-assessed for FP 2018. 

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  5. What happens if I fail the clinical assessment?

    If you fail the clinical assessment you will no longer be eligible to apply for the Foundation Programme 2018 and you will be withdrawn from the process. You cannot re-sit the assessment for entry to FP 2018, however this does not stop you re-applying for FP 2018.

    Please note that no refund requests will be considered under any circumstances as the fee is payable on a non-refundable basis.

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  6. If I have paid for the clinical assessment but have my application withdrawn as I do not hold the right to work in the UK, will I receive a refund?

    Clinical assessment fees are strictly non-refundable and so applicants should take this into consideration when deciding if they wish to proceed with the assessment. Those applicants who have to take a clinical assessment will need to pay the full cost of £850 before they know whether or not their application will be considered.

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  7. If I have paid for the clinical assessment but do not attend, can my payment be carried forward for future years?

    Clinical assessment fees are strictly non-transferable and so applicants should take this into consideration when deciding if they wish to proceed with the assessment. If you do not attend the Clinical Assessment and subsequently reapply for the Foundation Programme in a following year, you need to pay the full cost again to undertake the Clinical Assessment.

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PR-FAQ-ELIGBILITY/05 Eligibility - Right to work


  1. What can I provide as acceptable proof that I have the right to work in the UK as part of my eligibilty application?

    For specific documents that are accepted by the Eligibility Office, please see the Eligibility Applicant Guidance 2018 which provide a detailed list. These can be downloaded from the Eligibility page of the UKFPO website.

    The Eligibility Office is not an immigration authority and cannot advise you on how to obtain the right to work in the UK. For general queries regarding visa and right to work issues, we recommend that you refer to the UK Border Agency.

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  2. I do not currently hold the right to work in the UK but have been deemed 'eligible to apply subject to providing right to work and passing the UKFPO clinical assessment?' - what does this mean?

    For the Foundation Programme commencing in August 2018 (FP 2018), we expect there will be more fully eligible applicants than there are vacancies based on trends over the last few years. If there are more fully eligible applicants than vacancies, we will not consider applications from individuals who do not provide the right to work in the UK by 11 January 2018.  Individuals in this category will be withdrawn from the national application process on 12 January 2018.

    For those applicants who are required to undertake the national clinical assessment, they will be required to pay the full cost of £850 before they know whether or not their application will be considered. Clinical assessment fees are strictly non-refundable.

    If you are required to attend a clinical assessment but you will not be able to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK by 11 January 2018 you should consider very carefully whether or not you wish to incur the £850 cost as it is very likely your application will not be considered.

    However, you may wish to proceed with the clinical assessment since passing this assessment may be viewed favourably by local employing organisations if you are eligible to apply for other medical posts in the UK.

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  3. Can I provide proof of my right to work documentation after the eligibility period has closed?

    Yes, but you must be submit proof of your right to work to the Eligibility Office no later than 11 January 2018.  If you are able to submit the documentation by this deadline, your application will be processed in the same way as all applicants who have the right to work in the UK.

    If you do not provide the documentation by the deadline, your application will be withdrawn from the process if there are more fully eligible applicants than vacancies.

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PR-FAQ-ELIGBILITY/06 Eligibility - Applying online


  1. What is an internship?

    Please refer to the GMC definition of an Internship, found under the Experience tab here:

    http://www.gmc-uk.org/doctors/before_you_apply/imgs.asp#Experience.  

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  2. The declaration on the Eligibility Application says I must submit all required supporting document to the UKFPO?s Eligibility Office by the required date. What supporting documentation do I need to submit?

    When you submit your online application you will receive an email to confirm the required documentation and guidance to complete your Eligibility application.

    If you have submitted your online application and have not received an email, please contact the Eligibility Office here: helpdesk@FoundationProgramme.nhs.uk

    Applicants are required to post the original Dean's statement and passport sized photo to the UK Foundation Programme Office.


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  3. Can I use my mobile number as my main telephone number?

    You are able to enter a mobile or land line in this field. Please remember to include the appropriate country dialling codes if you are outside of the UK.

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  4. My degree is in my maiden name/I have changed my name since receiving my degree. Can I still apply?

    The requirement is for all an applicant’s documentation to clearly indicate the same applicant. If your documentation does not reflect the name you have used during the Eligibility Online Application you must provide evidence to support this. 

    Valid evidence considered would be a marriage certificate or legal documentation demonstrating a name change.

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  5. I qualify from Medical School in July 2018 and will start the Foundation Programme in August. Do I have to complete the Post Graduate Experience section of the application form?

    The online application form requires you to account for all periods between qualification and the start of the Foundation Programme. In the event of qualification in July 2018 you should account for your planned activity between qualification and starting the Foundation programme. If you have no plans, please enter ‘no plans yet’ between July and August 2018 in this section.

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  6. When I log into Oriel, why does my dashboard already have an outcome for my FP 2018 Eligibililty Application when I haven't applied yet?

    If you have previously applied for the Foundation Programme your dashboard may have an outcome for FP 2018, please disregard this message and continue to apply for FP 2018.

    Once you start your FP 2018 application the message on your dashboard will change. Eligibility outcomes will be confirmed on 21 August 2017.

    If you have any queries, please email helpdesk@foundationprogramme.nhs.uk.

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  7. When I log into Oriel and go to upload my IELTS evidence, there is no option to upload my IELTS certificate, what can I do?

    If you are required to submit an Academic IELTS, you are required to answer no to the question “Was your undergraduate training in English?” This will enable the IELTS section to appear in the ‘document upload’ section.

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