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Listed below are frequently asked questions and answers
relating to the national Foundation recruitment process and
allocation to the Wessex Foundation School.
If you have a question that has not been
answered on these pages, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
If one (or both) of your referees has not
submitted a reference online before the deadline, please don't
worry. This will not have affected your programme
allocation. Your referees will still have the opportunity to
supply a reference directly to your employing Trust. Your
referee details will be passed onto the Medical Personnel /
department at your
employing hospital by us. The hospital will take up any
outstanding references for
trainees before August and
referees will be able to submit these directly to the hospital.
When will my Trust contact me?
Some of our trusts may start contacting applicants in April
- but some may not contact applicants for a few more weeks after
this. It will depend on the time frame set by each individual
Trust. And will also depend on workload and staffing levels at
If you are keen to get in touch with your employing Trust,
please contact a member of staff in their Medical Personnel
department or in the Postgraduate Education Centre.
For a list of contacts at each Trust,
please visit the Trust information page. For queries
about your contract, pay and pre-employment checks etc. please
contact the Medial Personnel department.
What are the 2014 shadowing arrangements in
It is compulsory for all new
trainees to attend Shadowing
week in Wessex. Shadowing will take place at the hospital where you
will be spending your
year. Details about shadowing arrangements can be found on our
website on the Shadowing in Wessex page.
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Shadowing as part of the undergraduate curriculum
for non-Southampton final year students
Please note that Wessex Foundation School is
unable to assist with shadowing arrangements that are undergraduate
curriculum requirements for other medical schools.
If you need to arrange an undergraduate
shadowing placement, please liaise with your allocated Trust to
find out if this is possible, and to make arrangements. Please note
that it may not be possible to arrange this at your allocated
Trust, and you may be advised to complete this at a hospital local
to your medical school.
All applicants allocated to Wessex will need
to attend the Wessex shadowing week at their employing trust. This
includes applicants who have already completed an undergraduate
Tier 4 Visas
International students who are graduates
need to apply to the
for a Tier 4 visa to extend their leave to remain – enabling the trainee to
complete their 2 year foundation programme. The
Tier 4 visa sponsorship for all non-
citizens graduating from
medical schools who have
secured a place on a Foundation Programme.
In June the
will email all
students who indicated on their application that they would need to
apply for a visa. These students will be asked to complete an
online form and supply supporting documentation. Further
information will be provided by the
Southampton students who have been allocated
to another Foundation School should contact the Foundation School
Manager at that school for further information.
Matching to Trusts/Programmes within the Wessex
Foundation School – how does it work?
Applicants will be automatically matched to
programmes according to score and applicant preference. This
is a simple match in score order and will place applicants in a
trust/programme according to their ranked preferences. You will
therefore be matched in score order, gaining a place in a
trust/programme before applicants who scored lower than you. Where
two or more applicants have the same score automatch will use
random selection to decide which applicant to take first.
Appointment to a post is dependent upon the
applicant successfully completing medical school (passing finals)
and is subject to pre-employment checks and references.
Withdrawing from your allocated post and from the
Foundation Programme application system
If you do not take up your place in your
allocated Deanery you will not be able to find an alternative
training post in England.
Before you make any decision, you are advised to speak with your
medical school / foundation school to review your options.
vacancies across the
country will only be advertised as one-year
non-training posts where
an essential criterion is that the applicant should hold full
Applicant Scores - Can I compare my score to others
Yes - we have produced bar charts showing the range scores of
applicants allocated to Wessex.
Matching for the
year – what is the process for
allocation of jobs for the
year? And can I move
Locations of the
year are fixed and
changes will only be allowed in exceptional circumstances. Wessex
has fixed trust locations for the
training programmes. The majority of
trainees will remain in the same trust for
programmes are linked to another
named trust for
. For a
small number of programmes, the trust/location of the
year will remain unspecified at the
moment (i.e. linked to “Wessex”). Where the
trust is unspecified, a matching
process will be carried out during the
year to determine the
trust location. For further
information please refer to our F1-F2
For most trainees in Wessex, the
rotation is not allocated until half
way through the
year. The process of allocating
rotations is carried out by the
employing Trust. Most Trusts carry out mid-year e-portfolio
reviews as part of the
rotation allocation process.
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is the only trust in Wessex to
offer 2 year run through foundation training programmes from August
2014. Most applicants allocated to Portsmouth will therefore know
2014 and the linked
rotation that they will undertake from 2015.
For further information please refer to
our F1- F2 matching process web page.
Abroad - What
options are available?
doctors wishing to achieve their
competencies outside the
will need to apply for
abroad and Prospective Approval of
Wessex Foundation School can only approve
abroad in Australia, New Zealand,
South Africa and the USA.
We ask that applications for
abroad and Prospective Approval are
submitted 6 months ahead of the post start date. Guidelines
for this process can be found on our F2
Can I undertake my
The Wessex Foundation School does not
facilitate the completion of the
year overseas for graduates of
Southampton School of Medicine.
Please be aware that if you undertake your
year outside the UK in
posts that do not have the approval of your university medical
school and local postgraduate deanery, you will not be eligible to
apply for full
registration if you return to the UK in the future.
The GMC cannot accept any other evidence in place of a Certificate
of Experience and without this, you will only be able to apply for
provisional registration on your return. Further guidance is
available from the
As of 1st August 2007 Trusts are not obliged
to provide free accommodation for
doctors. Please review trust profile information and contact the
individual trusts to find out about local accommodation
How much will I earn? - Pay Banding
Information about pay banding is available
from Medical Personnel teams at the individual trusts and may not
be confirmed until nearer your start date.
How can I find out more about the Trusts within
For information on any of the individual Trusts within Wessex,
please visit our Trusts page which lists links to
all Trust websites and Trust profiles.
The Trusts that offer Foundation training in
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