Withdrawal/Resignation

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Leaving early

If you wish to leave before the official end date of your F1 or F2 programme in order to take up other employment/training opportunities you will not be signed off as having met foundation training requirements.

All those wishing to leave are required to complete a withdrawal form.

 

Resignation from current post/programme/trust

If at any point you decide that you wish to resign from your current programme we strongly recommend that you discuss this with either your local foundation training programme director or STFS before submitting your formal resignation. Please note that once you have submitted your formal resignation to your employing trust you will be deemed to have resigned from your foundation training programme. If you resign without prior discussion and agreement from STFS you will be withdrawn automatically from the foundation school.

Withdrawal from allocated future post/programme/trust

If you no longer wish to take up a programme that you have been allocated we strongly recommend that you discuss this with your medical school (incoming F1s), local foundation training programme director or STFS before formally withdrawing from the post. If you withdraw from a post that you have been allocated without prior discussion and agreement from STFS you will be withdrawn automatically from the foundation school.

The GMC publication Good Medical Practice states that "Patient safety may be affected if there is not enough medical cover. So you must take up any post you have formally accepted, and work your contractual notice period before leaving a job, unless the employer has reasonable time to make other arrangements". Foundation doctors who do not provide sufficient notice of their withdrawal may be referred to the GMC.

GMC Registration

Doctors with provisional registration and a licence to practise in the first year of the Foundation Programme (F1) are required to meet the learning outcomes for full registration. They must also satisfactorily complete 12 months training (full time equivalent) in an approved foundation programme before they are eligible for a Certificate of Experience and to apply for full registration.

If you leave before completing your F1 year you will not be eligible to apply for full GMC registration, however, your F1 trust will be able to provide you with a list of competencies you have achieved so far.

Retaining provisional registration 

The GMC has introduced a time limit on how long doctors will be allowed to hold provisional registration. The length of time doctors are allowed to hold provisional registration is limited to a maximum of three years and 30 days (1125 days in total). After this their provisioanl registration will expire. (see http://www.gmc-uk.org/news/26001.asp for further details).

ARCP status

You are required to complete the ARCP process in advance of withdrawing from the programme which includes completing a Form R and the trust issuing an ARCP outcome.

Returning to the foundation programme

If you wish to return to foundation training in the future you will need to:

For entry to F1 

Apply via the national UKFPO process (see http://www.foundationprogramme.nhs.uk/pages/medical-students/how-to-apply ). Your medical school of graduation can nominate your application, however if you have been out of training for some time you may need to complete an eligibility application and undertake a clinical assessment before reapplying for foundation training.

For entry to F2

Apply for an F2 locum appointment for training (LAT) - see http://www.foundationprogramme.nhs.uk/pages/home/how-to-apply/F2-LATs