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F1 Abroad

Please note that not all UK medical schools facilitate the completion of F1 abroad.  Please contact your local medical school for further details.

F2 Abroad

From 2018 entry STFS is no longer able to support foundation doctors wishing to complete their F2 year outside the UK.

It may be possible for 2017 entry Foundation Doctors to complete their F2 year outside of the UK. Expressions of interest should be made no later than 9th January 2018. STFS approves programmes on behalf of the UKFPO and the GMC in accordance with the UKFPO Reference Guide, which states:

5.34 Prospective approval from HEE/NES/NIMTDA/Wales Deanery/foundation school, and prior approval from the GMC, must be sought if the training outside of the UK is to count towards the requirements for satisfactory completion of the foundation programme. It is the foundation doctor's responsibility to arrange a suitable placement and confirm that the unit has agreed to provide training, assessment and support in accordance with the requirements for satisfactory completion of the foundation programme.

The application process is lengthy and success not guaranteed, as overseas programmes can only be approved if they meet rigorous UK training requirements. If you are considering an F2 year abroad please review the STFS policy document and application form, downloadable from this page:

  • The policy document gives an overview of the STFS requirements and the timeline for submission of applications.
  • The application form contains more detailed information and a checklist. For your application to be considered this must be fully completed, including information on all proposed placements for the full training year. The application provided will be used to assess whether a post conforms to the requirements of the General Medical Council (GMC) as specified in the Foundation Programme curriculum (http://www.foundationprogramme.nhs.uk/pages/home/keydocs).
  • Please note that cover posts or posts which include periods of activities such as rotating night cover are not approved for training and are not acceptable.
  • Please note that the F2 year must be at an English-speaking host institution as stated in the policy document.

STFS is not able to offer pre-approved overseas F2 programmes however in recent years a small number of doctors have successfully arranged and completed their F2 abroad in New Zealand and Australia. The timing of the training year is different from the UK and the number of medical graduates in Australia and New Zealand is now increasing so there are fewer vacancies available.

An article 'Foundation training overseas: how to apply and the pitfalls to avoid' was published in BMJ Careers in February 2015 and may be of interest to F1 doctors considering applying for an F2 abroad.

STFS has an obligation to ensure that service delivery within NHS trusts is not compromised by the approval of any F2 abroad applications and reserves the right to decline all applications on this basis if it is deemed necessary. A maximum of 4 F2 abroad applications for F2 programmes will be approved.