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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

These FAQs are for current Foundation doctors in Scotland. FAQs relating to the Foundation recruitment process can be found on the Scottish Medical Training website.

If your query is not answered here or you have a suggestion of information which should be included on this page, please contact sfas@nes.scot.nhs.uk

Where can I get Careers Advice? 

Information about careers can be found on the Careers section of this website.

Will I still be able to access my portfolio after the end of my Foundation Programme?

Yes; if your Grade has expired then you will get the view of a former trainee rather than current, but will still have access to everything.

I wish to place a request for information held by NES under the Data Protection Act. How do I do this? 

Please follow the NES Data Protection Act procedure. 

What is the Study Leave entitlement? 

All information regarding Study Leave can be found in the Study Leave section of this website.

Can I get study leave to work towards exams?

No. Study Leave an be used for the day of the exam, but you cannot use days to study for exams.

I am an army reservist, what should I do?

Armed Force reservists may be entitled to Special Leave, for example, for training purposes. Please contact your employing Board and the Deanery team to discuss this further.

How do I request time off to attend meetings as a trade union representative (BMA)?

This type of time out of work should be processed under the Special Leave Policy. Each of the four employing Boards has their own policy available on their websites. Links to the employing Boards' policies sections of their websites can be found on the Turas Hub. Trainees should submit a leave request in line with their employer's process.

Can I do either my F1 or my F2 training abroad if I accept a place in the Scottish Foundation School? 

Scotland does not support applications for Foundation training abroad, either in F1 or F2. This is due to the requirement to quality manage all programmes to GMC standards, which cannot be guaranteed abroad.

How will I be allocated to my F2 rotations?

Information about F2 allocations can be found here.

Where can I find out what my rotations are?

If you are unsure about your rotations please contact your Training Programme Administrator. Please note that the information on the Scottish Medical Training website is for recruitment only and does not provide information about rotations to current trainees.

If I don't like my rotations, is there any "swap" system for me to change or can I have changes made to my programme? 

The School does not allow any “swaps”.  All of our programmes are balanced educationally and are quality monitored by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) through its quality management processes.   

Exceptionally, changes can be made for operational reasons relating to the running of the programme, or when specific circumstances warrant it on the basis of a trainee's health or well-being.  

Trainees should not worry if they don’t secure exactly the Foundation Programme of their choice. The placements will not have a direct bearing on their chances of getting into a specific specialty training programme. Trainees should ensure that they can demonstrate commitment through other means, for example Tasters, arranging their own observations, meetings with consultants, courses and research. 

What is a taster? 

Tasters are designed to give Foundation Doctors an opportunity to gain an understanding of a specialty which they have not otherwise experienced as part of their Foundation Training through spending a short period within this specialty. A taster should last a maximum of five days and two tasters are permitted over the course of the two years. To fully benefit from tasters, F1 doctors should discuss their career aspirations with their educational supervisor in the middle of the F1 year and plan accordingly for the last block. Please note that tasters cannot be taken out-with Scotland, and should usually be arranged within your current region of training. Please consult with your Foundation Programme Director (FPD) for more information and see the Tasters section on this website.

How can I find someone who will offer a taster week? 

Please see the list of Taster contacts hereIf your local departments aren’t responsive, please contact your FPD. 

Can my service department limit my Taster?

Yes. They may ask you to try a different week, or split the week etc., if there are specific rota service issues. They should not be able to ‘block’ this completely, without a clear reason. If you are not satisfied, please discuss with your FPD. 

How do I transfer from one School to another?

Foundation Doctors contemplating requesting an Inter-Foundation School Transfer (IFST) should check the relevant guidance.

How to do I transfer from one region of Scotland to another?

Foundation Doctors contemplating requesting an Inter-Regional Transfer (IRT) should check the relevant guidance.

Can I do either my F1 or my F2 training abroad if I accept a place in the Scottish Foundation School? 

Scotland does not support applications for Foundation training abroad, either in F1 or F2. This is due to the requirement to quality manage all programmes to GMC standards, which cannot be guaranteed abroad.

This page was last updated on: 23.09.2021 at 13.47


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