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Time Out of Foundation Programme (TOFP)

Taking Time Out of Foundation Programme is governed by the Foundation Reference Guide and is maintained by the UKFPO (UK Foundation Programme Office).

Occasionally it may be necessary for a Foundation trainee to take out of their two-year Foundation Programme for a number of reasons including

  • Gaining clinical experience outside of the Foundation Programme
  • Undertaking a period of research
  • Taking a planned career break

Foundation trainees who want to take time out should firstly discuss this with their Educational Supervisor and Foundation Programme Director. Time out is usually only granted between the end of FY1 and beginning of FY2 for a period of 12 months to avoid foundation trainees becoming out of phase. Anyone wishing to apply should complete the request form and submit it to the Foundation School Manager, who will link with the relevant Associate Dean for Foundation.

The following process should be followed:

  • Trainee completes application
  • Application signed by Trainee and FPD or Consortium Lead
  • Trainee sends application to Foundation School Office
  • Panel approves (or does not approve) TOFP
  • Email to trainee and if applicable to the regional foundation team
  • Turas updated by the Foundation School Office
  • Regional Team save correspondence and application in trainees file

Further guidance can be found on the UKFPO website.


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