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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 F1 trainees before
August and referees will be able to submit these directly to
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 shadowing arrangements in
It is compulsory for all new F1 trainees to attend Shadowing week in
Wessex. Shadowing will take place at the hospital where you will be
spending your F1 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 four Visas
International students who are graduates
of UK universities will need to apply to
the UKBA for a Tier four visa to
extend their leave to remain – enabling the
trainee to complete their two year foundation
Health Education South London (HESL) provides
Tier four visa sponsorship for all non-EEA citizens graduating
from UK medical schools who have secured a place on a Foundation
HESL 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 Tier 4 team at HESL.
Southampton students who have been allocated to another
Foundation School should contact the Foundation School Manager at
that school for further information.
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Matching to Trusts/Programmes within the Wessex
Foundation School – how does it work?
Applicants will be automatically matched to
programmes according to their combined EPM and SJT score as well as their
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. Please refer to your applicant
guidance booklet for information regarding tied scores.
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 HEE Local Team you will not be able to find an
alternative F1 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
LAS non-training posts where an essential
criterion is that the applicant should hold full GMC
Applicant Scores - Can I compare my score to others
Yes - we have produced bar charts showing the range of scores of
applicants allocated to Wessex.
Trainees are guaranteed a fixed two-year
programme in Wessex with the majority of trainees remaining in the
same trust for F2.
Some F1 programmes are
linked to another named trust for F2, however all
applicants will know both their F1 and F2
F2 Abroad - What options are
F1 doctors wishing to achieve their
competencies outside the UK will need to apply for F2 abroad and
Prospective Approval of the overseas F2 programme. Wessex
Foundation School can only approve F2 abroad in Australia,
New Zealand, South Africa and the USA.
We ask that applications for F2 abroad and
Prospective Approval are submitted six months ahead of the
post start date. Guidelines for this process can be found on
our F2 abroad page.
Can I undertake my F1 year abroad?
The Wessex Foundation School does not
facilitate the completion of the F1 year overseas for University of
Please be aware that if you undertake your
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 GMC 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 1 August 2007 Trusts are not obliged to
provide free accommodation for F1 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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