Foundation FAQs


If you are ill, follow the local procedures in place at your Employing Trust, including contacting your Postgraduate Centre Manager (PGCM) and Medical Staffing so that cover can be arranged. Trust specific guidance will be issued during Induction.

The maximum permitted non-statutory leave during each of the F1 and F2 years is 4 weeks before it is necessary for a trainee to complete additional training in order to be signed off from the Foundation Programme.

Any trainee who is, or is likely to be, absent for more than 4 weeks should contact us at

You can review the guidance issued to Trusts about supporting your professional performance on the London Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education website.

Your Health is Important

All Foundation Doctors are recommended to register with a local GP.

Stress, and other health matters can in some cases have a negative impact especially during big life events such as starting new jobs or obtaining positions of responsibility. Please refer to the useful links page where there is a whole section about independent organizations that can support you or see