Workforce, training and education
East Midlands


The UKFPO has published guidance aimed at supporting the development of high-quality tasters in each locality of every foundation school.

A taster is a period of time, usually 1-5 days, spent in a specialty in which the Foundation trainee has not previously worked. It is intended to enable the development of insight into the work of the specialty and to promote careers reflection.

Taster Leave

Both schools support the use of taster leave across both years of the training programme by enabling F1 doctors to borrow up to five of their ten taster days during the F1 year. This should be taken during the latter part of the F1 year.

Taster Leave cannot be used for taster experiences outside of the East Midlands region.

For more information, trainees should speak to their Trust-based Foundation Programme Co-ordinator.