Junior doctors foundation programme reports published

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The United Kingdom Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) has published three new reports that employers of junior doctors will find useful. They include details of the undersubscription for entry to this years foundation programme, how the UKFPO plan to fill recruitment places, and the future plans of those junior doctors who completed their FY2 year in August 2016.

Foundation programme 2017 undersubscription
Foundation programme career destination report 2016
UKFPO annual report 2016 

Foundation programme 2017 undersubscription report

This year the foundation programme is predicting an undersubscription of FY1 doctors. They currently have 98 more applicants than places but using withdrawal trends from previous years, the UKFPO predict approximately 65 unfilled places to the programme . The number of vacancies is expected to increase to approximately 440 vacancies between March and August 2017 if the normal pattern of withdrawals occurs in 2017.

In previous years vacancies have always been managed locally, but due to this year’s undersubscription the UKFPO will be running a United Kingdom wide recruitment process to ensure vacancies are filled.

As part of the recruitment plan, the UKFPO will be seeking applicants to the foundation programme who are already fully General Medical Council (GMC) registered, or eligible to apply, but lack the clinical training or experience to apply for specialty training. This includes local trust grade doctors who would like to get back on a training pathway.

To ensure the primary list of applicants all receive placements while maintaining a balance of posts across geographies,

UKFPO will remove 63 posts in England, with the greatest proportion to come from London and the South East.

Foundation programme career destination report 2016

The career destination report is now available for trainees who completed their foundation programme training in August 2016. Some key points include:

  • 50.4 per cent of FY2s were progressing directly to specialty training, down from 52 per cent in 2015, and 58.5 per cent in 2014.
  • 13.1 per cent were planning a career break.
  • 8.3 per cent were seeking a service appointment in the UK, and 5.9 per cent were still seeking employment as a doctor in the UK.
  • 7.8 per cent were seeking other employment outside the UK, and 4.6 per cent were seeking employment as a doctor outside the UK.

UKFPO annual report 2016

The UKFPO’s annual report includes information from the period 2015/16 from foundation schools, foundation training, doctors, outcomes and career destinations and recruitment for 2016. Key points include:

  • 98.8 per cent (7600) of FY1 places, and 98.1 per cent (7640) of FY2 places were filled in August 2015.
  • The gender split is roughly 5:4 female to male across the board, with 53.3 per cent of FY1 and 53.7 per cent of FY2 doctors being female in 2015/16.
  • The top three specialties experienced by FY1s were: 70.7 per cent in general surgery, 51.3 per cent in general (internal) medicine and 27.2 per cent in geriatric medicine.
  • The top three specialties experienced by FY2s were: 47.7 per cent in general practice, 44.6 per cent in emergency medicine and 20.3 per cent in general (internal) medicine.

Further information

The full reports can be found on the UKFPO website.

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