Additional Information

This page will provide additional information applicable to new applicants to the Foundation programme recruitment process.

Special Circumstances

Applicants can apply for special circumstances when applying to a Foundation School. The application deadline is 11th October 2019 For more information visit the UKFPO website.

On allocation to the Wales Foundation School there is an internal process for those with special circumstances to apply to be matched to a suitable location and rotation. Further information will be emailed to applicants once their special circumstance application has been approved.

Linked Applications

Linked applications will be recognised for allocation to Foundation School, but not for allocation to health board or programme.

Swapping Places

It is not possible to swap places between foundation schools. Foundation doctors contemplating requesting an Inter Foundation School Transfer (IFST) should check the relevant guidance for applicants in the resource bank section of the UKFPO website.  Please note that it is not possible to change foundation schools if the circumstances have not changed since the application for FP 2020.

The Wales Foundation School does not permit foundation doctors to swap their programme allocated.


A period of 4 days paid shadowing will take place for all F1 Doctors in Wales, before the commencement of work on Wednesday 5th August 2020. All F1 Doctors will therefore be expected to start their post on Thursday 30th July 2020.


Please note that the Welsh Government provide free hospital accommodation in all of our hospitals, for the first 12 months of a Foundation Doctors career. 

Time out of Foundation Programme

For information about take Time Out of Foundation Programme and working abroad for your F2 year, please visit the Policies and Procedures page. Please note, for 2020-21 a maximum of 17 Foundation Doctors will be permitted to take Time Out of Foundation Programme.  Applications are selected on first come-first served basis. Working abroad is no longer accredited by the Wales Foundation School.

Educational and Clinical Supervision

An educational supervisor is allocated to each foundation doctor for each 4-month placement within the rotation, for the full two years of their Foundation Programme, to maintain an overview of development and progress of the doctor within the training programme. A clinical supervisor will be allocated for each 4-month placement within the rotation.

Terms and Conditions of Employment

To view Terms and Conditions of Service (TCS) click here.

Rotations Information

Full information about the rotation, location and content of placements will be available later in the year.


To view the current rates of pay click here. Less Than Full Time posts will be paid pro-rata.


The responsibility of providing information regarding banding lies with the Health Boards from whom information should be sought. However, applicants for posts should note the following principles, which are in line with legal advice given to Local Health Boards in Wales:

If an applicant contacts a Local Health Board personnel officer to enquire about the pay banding of a particular Foundation Training post, the Health Board should give them the information that currently applies to the post. However, this does not mean that the applicant will be entitled to pay protection at the level of banding that is applicable at the time of enquiry.

Pay protection can only be claimed from the time that an appointee formally accepts an appointment to a post according the UK terms and conditions of service. Final year medical students are not in a position to accept an appointment until they have successfully passed their final examinations; sometimes this will be many months after the allocation has been made. Normally Local Health Board Personnel Departments send out the formal offer of a post to all new Foundation Trainees late in June or early July each year; along with your contract of employment, once final medical school examination results have been made known.

Please note that all hospital training posts are monitored twice a year in accordance with government regulations for New Deal working hours. As a result the pay banding can change. As stated above you will be informed about what banding you will be on when you start work in your hospital post.

Annual Leave

F1 doctors are entitled to 27 days annual leave in the year, which does not include the 8 statutory holidays. If a foundation doctor works any part of a bank holiday they are entitled to an additional days leave in lieu.

In some specialties there is some restriction on when a foundation doctor can take their leave during the 4 months (e.g. not on their ‘hot week’ for surgery). The individual directorates will inform the foundation doctor of any specific restrictions on when they can take leave.

The foundation doctor is required to book their leave at least 6 weeks in advance via the relevant Practice Manager.

Study Leave

All Foundation trainees (including less than full time trainees) are eligible for Study Leave. View the Wales Foundation School Guidance.

Visa / Work Permits / Leave To Remain

The Local Health Board will consider British /EEA nationals for appointment in the first instance. If the applicant is a non-resident of the United Kingdom or European Economic Union, they are required to have a valid work visa and leave to remain in the UK, which is renewed as required. The Health Board is unable to employ or continue to employ the applicant/post holder if they require but do not have a valid work visa and/or leave to remain in the UK.  If you have been appointed to the Wales Foundation School via the national F1/F2 standalone recruitment process and require a TIER 2 VISA, please click here.

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