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FAQs

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 wessexfs.enquiries@wessexdeanery.nhs.uk 

 


References

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 / HR 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 the hospital.

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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 each Trust.

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.

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What are the 2014 shadowing arrangements in Wessex?

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 shadowing placement.

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Tier 4 Visas

International students who are graduates of  UK universities will need to apply to the  UKBA for a Tier 4 visa to extend their leave to remain – enabling the trainee to complete their 2 year foundation programme. The UKFPO provides Tier 4 visa sponsorship for all non- EEA citizens graduating from UK medical schools who have secured a place on a Foundation Programme.

In June the UKFPO 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 UKFPO

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 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. 

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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 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.

F1 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 registration. 

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Applicant Scores - Can I compare my score to others within Wessex?

Yes - we have produced bar charts showing the range scores of applicants allocated to Wessex.

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Matching for the F2 year – what is the process for allocation of jobs for the F2 year? And can I move Trusts?

Locations of the F1 and F2 year are fixed and changes will only be allowed in exceptional circumstances. Wessex has fixed trust locations for the F1 and F2 training programmes. The majority of trainees will remain in the same trust for F2 . Some F1 programmes are linked to another named trust for F2 . For a small number of programmes, the trust/location of the F2 year will remain unspecified at the moment (i.e. linked to “Wessex”). Where the F2 trust is unspecified, a matching process will be carried out during the F1 year to determine the F2 trust location. For further information please refer to our F1-F2 Matching Process.

F2 rotations
For most trainees in Wessex, the F2 rotation is not allocated until half way through the F1 training year. The process of allocating F2 rotations is carried out by the employing Trust.  Most Trusts carry out mid-year e-portfolio reviews as part of the F2 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 both the F1 rotation for 2014 and the linked F2 rotation that they will undertake from 2015.

For further information please refer to our F1- F2 matching process web page.

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F2 Abroad - What options are available? 

F1 doctors wishing to achieve their F2 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 6 months ahead of the post start date. Guidelines for this process can be found on our F2 abroad page.

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Can I undertake my F1 year abroad?

The Wessex Foundation School does not facilitate the completion of the F1 year overseas for graduates of Southampton School of Medicine.

Please be aware that if you undertake your F1 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 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 GMC website.

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Accommodation 

As of 1st 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 arrangements.

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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.

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How can I find out more about the Trusts within Wessex?

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 Wessex are:

  • The Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Dorchester
  • Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Isle of Wight NHS  Trust
  • The Jersey General Hospital, States of Jersey
  • Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

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