F1 sign off
F1 trainees who have successfully completed their F1 year and have achieved an Outcome 1 in their ARCP will be issued with a Foundation Year 1 Certificate of Completion (F1CC) document. This document is your end of year certificate and will be signed-off by the Foundation School Director or other authorised signatory in the Foundation School.
Your Certificate of Experience (CoE) required by the GMC to allow full registration will not be processed unless you have a F1CC.
GMC Full Registration
You must have full registration before you start F2. Follow this simple guide to make sure this is in place.
Applying on GMC Online
Three months before you're due to start F2, you should log in to GMC Online to apply.
You'll need your GMC reference number and the password you set when you applied for provisional registration. If you can't remember your password, you can reset it on the log in page.
On the menu on the left, click on 'My Details' and make sure your address and telephone numbers are correct. Next, click on 'My Registration' then 'My Applications', and follow the instructions to apply.
Then you'll need to:
Confirming your start date
You will be asked to confirm the date you want your full registration to start. For 2022 the F2 start date is 3rd August 2022.
Declaring any fitness to practice issues
You'll need to declare any issues that could potentially affect your suitability to be a doctor (fitness to practice issues), such as criminal convictions or problems with drug or alcohol abuse. You should declare all potential fitness to practice issues - you can find out more about these on the GMC website.
If you have a fitness to practice issue to declare, you should apply as early as possible because they may need further evidence from you about it. If you're not sure whether something matters, it's better to declare it so they can assess and discount it rather than finding out about it later on.
Paying the fee
The cost of full registration 2020 cost was £153.00 - you'll need to pay this when you submit your online application. Paying the fee doesn't automatically grant your registration with a license to practice; this will be granted if they approve your application.
Sending your Certificate of Experience
Before the GMC can grant your registration, the Foundation School need to confirm that you've met the requirements of F1. They do this by submitting the Certificate of Experience directly to the GMC within their timeline.
For all graduates, your registration will be processed through the Foundation School you are currently working in. The designated representative of your Foundation School will automatically send your certificate of experience directly to the GMC.
To find out who's responsible for completing your certificate please refer to the GMC web page.
The GMC will process your application when they receive your Certificate of Experience and match it with your online application. You can check the progress of your application by clicking on 'My Applications' on GMC Online. They will send you a certificate once they have processed your application.
Before you start your F2 job
Your new registration status will show on the online medical register from the start date you chose in your application. You can see this here. You should make sure that you're fully registered before you start your F2 job. Failure to do this will impact on your progression to F2 training and will result in an extension to training.
If you have any questions or need any more information, you can contact the GMC by email.
Now that you are a F2 and have gained full registration you will need to connect to a designated body in Scotland. Your designated body is NHS Education for Scotland. It is important for you to update your connection and this will need to be done by updating your details in the ‘My Revalidation’ section of your GMC Online account. You will be sent a reminder by the GMC 30 days after you were granted full registration. If you have not updated your connection after three months you will get formal notice that the GMC are considering whether to remove your licence to practice.
When connecting to your designated body, please ensure you select NHS Education for Scotland and not NES Healthcare which is a different body.
Trainees can access a step by step ‘Connection Tool’ and supporting information the on the GMC website. Please also see this slide set. This short set of slides will take you through the steps doctors need to go through in their GMC Online account in order to set up their connection.
Please click here for the timeline for F1 completion 2021.