Foundation Policies and Processes

(Reviewed and updated April 2022)

Setting up, managing and altering Foundation Programmes

Foundation Programme Director (FPD) Job Description and Person Specification
Post & Programme Reconfiguration Application (Post Change Request) - Template
Post Description - Template
Programme Competency Mapping - Template
Formal Teaching Programme Guidance
Guidance on the recruitment to Foundation Vacancies in the North West
UKFPO Guidance on the recruitment to stand-alone F2 vacancies 

Prior to starting training as a Foundation Doctor

HEE National Shadowing Guidance
Pre-Employment Competency Screening for Foundation Training
Code of Practice 2017
Guide for Foundation Training in the UK

Raising Problems As a Foundation Trainee in NW


During Foundation Training

A Guide to Psychiatry in the Foundation Programme
BMA Guidance on the use of Social Media
Careers Taster Guidance
Complaints Appeals Process
Consent in the Foundation Training Programme
Ethical guidance in the Foundation Training Programme
Educational Leave for F1 Trainees
GMC Guidance on absence from the Foundation Programme
Guidance on F2GP Allocations
Guidance on the payment of the F2 GP Training Grant
Inter Foundation School Transfer (National Process)
Intra Foundation School Transfers (Local position statement)
Locum Guidance for Foundation Trainees
Process for becoming a GP Foundation Supervisor Flow Chart
Remote AFP Placements
Time Out of Foundation Programme - TOFP (See UKFPO Reference Guide)
Trainee Foundation Forum - Guidance Notes
Study Leave - Foundation School policy
Study Leave - HEE overview
Whistle blowing in the Foundation Training Programme

Placing Foundation Doctors in GP Practices FAQs April 2022

Trainees Requiring Extra Support (TRES)

Trainees Requiring Extra Support - Advisory Notes
Trainees Requiring Extra Support - Algorithm
Trainees Requiring Extra Support - Referral Pack                      
Trainees Requiring Extra Support - FORM F1 Foundation Trainees
Making Up Missed Foundation Training Time


ARCP, Sign Off and GMC Registration

National Foundation ARCP Guidance
ARCP checklist and information for Clinical Supervisors
ARCP checklist and information for Educational Supervisors
ARCP checklist and information for the ARCP panel chair
ARCP checklist and information for portfolio administrators
North West ARCP Process - Operational Guide 
Foundation Form R Guidance
ARCP Appeal Guidance
Revalidation - Guidance on the full scope of practice
Revalidation - FAQs on the full scope of practice

Longitudinal Integrated Foundation Training (LIFT)
LIFT Pilot Introduction
Guidance for Foundation Programme Directors
Guidance for GP Trainers
Guidance for the supervision of F1 trainees in GP 
Guidance for Hospital based supervisors
LIFT Timetabling Guidance

Guidance for Trusts/LEPs
Cancellation Policy

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