Time Out of Foundation

The LNR and Trent foundation schools will consider applications to defer the start of foundation training at its two main entry routes i.e. start of F1 or the start of F2 year. Please note that applications to defer during the F1 or F2 year will only be considered in exceptional, usually unplanned; circumstances.

If you are a foundation doctor and wish to take time out of your foundation programme you should first discuss this with your educational supervisor and foundation training programme director.

If after discussion, you decide to go ahead with your request to take time out, you should fill in a TOFP request form, which can be found under the heading ‘OTHER GUIDANCE AND PROCESSES’ on the Key Documents page of the UKFPO website.  Guidance on Time Out of Foundation Programme, can be found in paragraphs 7.79 – 7.91 of the FP Reference Guide 2012 (updated for 2014).  This is also on the Key Documents page of the UKFPO website under the heading ‘FOUNDATION PROGRAMME CURRICULUM AND REFERENCE GUIDE 2012’.  You will need to gain approval first from your FTPD and Educational Supervisor and send it to the HEEM for consideration by the relevant Associate Foundation School Director.

If your TOFP is due to planned maternity leave, please complete and return the Maternity Leave TOFP Form in the downloads section. 

The deadline for submission of applications relating to F2 year 2017/18 will be the Friday 3 February 2017, applications submitted after this date will not be considered unless there are particular reasons why this is not possible, for example health reasons.

LNR F1s should submit their applications for the attention of:

LNR Programmes Administrator, Health Education East Midlands, Westbridge Place, 1 Westbridge Close, Leicester. LE3 5DR

Trent F1s should submit their applications for the attention of:

Trent Programmes Administrator, Health Education East Midlands, Westbridge Place, 1 Westbridge Close, Leicester. LE3 5DR

National TOFP Form

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