Local Swaps

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Local (within Trusts) Swap Process:

The paper forms have now been replaced by an electronic application which can be accessed here

This process permits foundation doctors to apply to swap either a single rotation or their whole 1 year programme with another foundation doctor within the same Trust. 

Please note that the following applies to all F1 and F2 local swap requests.

Educational balance:

All programmes are designed to be educationally balanced and provide exposure to a range of specialties during the two years of the programme. STFS guidance for maintaining educational balance is set out below.

Your two year programme should contain no more than:

  • 8 months in a surgical specialty
  • 8 months in a community specialty
  • 4 months in a psychiatry placement

You cannot repeat a community specialty (e.g. GP, community paediatrics) but it may be possible to repeat one medical, surgical, or other sub-specialty, depending on availability of posts.

You can find a guidance document which categorises specialties by medical, surgical, other, and community on the right had side of this page.