Working Abroad For Foundation Training

The Operational Framework (see Foundation Programme website) gives some information in Section G about the Acquisition of Foundation competences outside the UK. Those wishing to return to the UK after their Foundation Training are not permitted to undertake both Foundation Year 1 and Foundation Year 2 years abroad.

Working abroad for Foundation Year 1

Each year a small number of foreign UCLMS final year students apply for undertaking their FY1 year in their home countries. If it is the intention that the programme they arrange is suitable for gaining the experience to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council, it must be approved well in advance of starting work in August.

It is important to plan early if you wish to work abroad, as the process takes several months and approval cannot be given retrospectively.

The following can be found on the London Deanery website

• Guidance for students considering Foundation Year 1 abroad
• Application for prospective approval of Foundation Year 1 abroad

It is recommended that if you are thinking of undertaking your FY1 year abroad, you should start planning at least 8 months ahead of time.

Applications must be approved by the Deanery by early December in the year preceding F1 Abroad so that those granted approval can be withdrawn from the national recruitment process before allocations to Foundation Schools are released.

Please note
NCTFS does not provide their trainees with study budget, regardless of where the trainees undertake their training. Doctors may wish to liaise directly with their hospitals to find out if a hospital can provide any support in this matter.

Working abroad for Foundation Year 2

NCTFS does not offer the possibility of doing Foundation Year 2 training abroad.