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The paper forms have now been replaced by an electronic application which can be accessed here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

It is intended to run the swap shop for the 2018 entry cohort of F1s, but not for subsequent cohorts.  Local swaps will continue.

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.