Frequently Asked Questions
Some basic and Peninsula specific FAQs are detailed below. Please also refer to the FAQs on the main UKFPO website.
When does the application process open and close?
The application process for two year Foundation posts commencing August 2013 has closed. It is possible that a few one year F2 posts will be available in the Peninsula Foundation School for August 2013 and these posts will be advertised as they arise.
Will the Peninsula Foundation School be holding interviews as part of the recruitment process to two year Foundation Programmes?
No, we will not be holding formal interviews as part of the matching process to two year Foundation Programmes. However individual Trusts may wish to interview prior to making a formal job offer.
How will applicants be matched to a programme?
We will be matching applicants via the online application system in phase 1 (matching to School) and phase 2 (matching to Trust/programme). In phase 2 we will ask you to rank all programmes in the Peninsula in order of preference and will match you to a programme based on your overall application score.
Will Peninsula be honouring linked applications in phase 2 (matching to programme/Trust)? The Peninsula Foundation School is hoping to honour linked applications past phase 1 of the recruitment process i.e. following matching to Foundation School, links will be maintained for matching to individual Trust/post, i.e. your individual total score will be used to determine your match to programme.
How do I arrange shadowing before commencing in post?
A paid period of shadowing takes place each year for F1 trainees prior to commencing in post – please see the following page of our website for more details and for Trust contacts regarding shadowing.
Will there be any opportunities to complete Foundation overseas?
If you wish to complete F1 outside the UK you need to get approval to do this from your medical school and then approval from the Deanery that the post you would like to take up is suitable. You will need exceptional reasons as to why you cannot complete F1 in the UK. There are options to apply to complete F2 overseas once you have started your F1 and we will write to all trainees in this respect in due course. In the meantime, please see the website section on 'working abroad'.
Do overseas graduates complete the same application form as UK graduates to apply for two year Foundation posts?
Yes. Full details of how overseas graduates need to apply are available at http://www.foundationprogramme.nhs.uk/.
Does the Peninsula Foundation School welcome applications from outside the Peninsula?
Yes. We have in the region of 193 two year Foundation programmes commencing each year and we expect to have approximately 160 local graduates. Approximately 35 - 50% of local graduates apply to stay locally and we therefore rely on applications from outside the Peninsula to fill all of our vacancies.
Do local graduates receive priority for posts in the Peninsula?
No. The National application process is designed to be as fair and open as possible and all applications during scoring and local allocation will be anonymous. All applications will be scored in the same way in line with National guidelines.
Does the Foundation School operate a swaps process?
The School runs a process which allows F1s to swap their F2 location prior to the F1 to F2 matching process; more details can be found under F1 to F2 matching on this website. Once matched to a programme, please note that the Foundation School does not allow swaps; for more information please access the Foundation School Swaps Policy.