Clinical Student Mental Health Service
What is it?
This is a service to provide mental health support during the clinical part of the course. After an initial assessment, usually with a consultant psychiatrist, your management might take the form of medication, and/or follow up with a clinical psychologist for therapy. The service currently consists of Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Rebecca Jacob, and two Clinical Psychologists.
What sort of conditions are treated?
The CSMHS sees students with the full spectrum of mental health disorders. This will include generalised anxiety disorder, depression, adjustment disorder, social and other phobias, health anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress and bipolar disorder.
Please note that psychotic and eating disorders are managed by local specialist NHS services, usually accessed via your GP.
How do I get referred?
The referral is made either by your GP or by Occupational Health. You cannot self-refer, and the referral cannot be made by Welfare or by your College. Local GPs are aware of the service, so referral should be straightforward. If they are unsure, the contact details are:
Clinical Student Mental Health Service, Box 190,
Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge,
T: 01223 216167 E:firstname.lastname@example.org
Should I speak to Welfare before referral?
There is no necessity to do so, and many students are referred by their GP or by Occupational Health without any Welfare involvement. In practice, many students will have had Welfare input for their problems and may have discussed the CSMHS as part of this.
What is the waiting time to be seen?
This varies according to demand on the service. The wait for a first appointment, usually to see the psychiatrist, is typically between 4-6 weeks. There has been a recent surge in referrals and so this may increase. Psychological input can take several months.
Does the CSMHS offer urgent or emergency support?
No, the service is for planned scheduled appointments. In the event of a mental health crisis, you can do one of the following:
- • Phone 111 option 2 – this is manned 24/7 by trained mental health practitioners
- • Contact your CPFT care co-ordinator if you have one (available 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday). You will have been allocated one if you are already receiving support from mental health services. They should be your first point of contact.
- • Contact your GP
- • Samaritans – available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on 116 123 (free call)
- • Attend ED
Do I have to pay to be seen?
No, the service is funded by the Clinical School and there is no cost for students.
What happens if I experience a relapse after my treatment has ended?
Providing you are still a clinical student, you can be reassessed for further input. If you have previously been under the CSMHS then you can contact them directly.
If you are no longer a clinical student, then you should contact your GP who will discuss your options.
Can I access the service during intermission?
This will depend on individual circumstances, is not guaranteed, and is decided on a case-by-case basis.
Factors such as whether you have already been under the service, the nature of your problem, and your geographical location during intermission are all taken into account.
Is the service confidential?
Yes, the practitioners working for the service are all bound by the GMC rules of confidentiality and would only divulge information with your permission. The only exceptions would be if it became apparent that there was a risk to your safety or that of others, or if there was a statutory or legal obligation to disclose information.
What if my circumstances change and I no longer need my appointment?
It is essential that you let the CSMHS know in good time, so that the appointment can be offered to someone else. Contact details as above.
What happens if I need to pull out of exams in advance?
If you have a significant health or welfare problem and you have the support of your College, then you can defer sitting your exams. You can then sit them with the resit candidates, but as your first attempt. Permission for this will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.
Who gives permission for this to happen?
You cannot withdraw yourself from an exam and we need written permission from your College (either Tutor or Clinical DoS). Your College’s email should be sent to email@example.com and copied to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Can I defer just a single exam?
No. If you are unable to take your exams, that will apply to all the exams at that sitting. Splitting components of Final MB would only be allowed in very exceptional circumstances and would require the permission in advance of Faculty Board.
In the event of a sudden unexpected incident, such as an accident on the way to the exam or sudden ill-health on the morning of an exam, then you could withdraw just from that single exam. You would still require permission to do so.
Who do I need to notify?
You need to discuss this with your College in advance, to obtain their permission (as above).
In most circumstances, a student will also have discussed this with welfare well in advance (email@example.com).
What happens if I withdraw myself without advance permission?
In this situation it will count as one of your two exam sittings.
In an emergency (such as unexpected circumstances on the day of the exam) we would still expect you to contact your College so that they can grant permission. In the unlikely event that this is not possible then you should contact the Clinical Dean (firstname.lastname@example.org, marked URGENT) or one of the Clinical School SubDeans.
What if I have already started the exam?
Once you have taken your place in the examination room and the exam has formally started, then this counts as an attempt at the exam, regardless of how much you have written. University regulations usually only permit two attempts at each exam: the main sitting and a single resit. In very exceptional circumstances, a second resit might be granted if approved by Faculty Board, but this is not guaranteed (see separate FAQ on Exam Mitigation).
What happens if I defer the exams and then fail?
If you have permission to pull out of an exam in advance, and then sit it with the resit candidates, this will count as your first attempt. However, there is then no scheduled further sitting, so if you fail, you will generally need to intermit and take your second attempt a year later.
What is the implication for ranking if I defer exams?
For ranking, it is the mean score of the students who sit the exam at the first sitting which is used. Your mark when you subsequently sit the exam is not considered for ranking purposes.
What is the impact of deferring exams on subsequent placements?
This can be disruptive to your training as the resits may clash with placements and other commitments. This is a particular issue with deferring Year 5 exams, as the start of Year 6 is already extremely busy with FPAS and SJT preparation etc. You would not usually be entitled to any prolonged study leave before the resits.
Will I need to provide a doctor’s sick note?
If you miss a summative exam at short notice for medical reasons, then you will need to provide a letter from your GP confirming this. This should be forwarded to email@example.com.
What is Exam mitigation?
Your exams are professional exams and so are bound by University regulations, which generally allow only two attempts at an exam: the main sitting and a single resit. The exam mitigation system allows the possibility in exceptional circumstances of a third attempt if you failed the first two sittings. This would require specific permission from Faculty Board.
How does it work?
If you have a genuine health or welfare need which you think warrants exam mitigation, then you will require the support of your College (either Clinical DoS or Tutor). This expression of support is kept on file, and in the event of you failing the exam and the resit, is submitted to Faculty Board to help support a request for a second resit.
Is the second resit guaranteed?
No. The decision is made by Faculty Board and is considered an exceptional course of action. Faculty Board considers requests for an exceptional third attempt for students who have exam mitigation in place, and this is decided on an individual basis.
If a request to Faculty Board for an exceptional third attempt is turned down, then you do have a right of appeal via the Office of Student Conduct, Complaints and Appeals (OSCCA).
What do I need to do?
Speak to your College Tutor or Clinical DoS about your concerns. If they are in agreement, then they will complete an Exam Mitigation form to express their support. This needs to be done before you sit the exam and should be received by a week before the exam at the latest.
Are exam mitigation requests from College always upheld?
No. All exam mitigation requests are assessed by a panel which currently consists of Welfare and two independent doctors who are nominated by the Clinical Dean. A decision is made for each request to ensure that the process is fair. In the event that an exam mitigation request is turned down, your Clinical DoS will be informed.
What happens if my request is made after the exam has been sat?
Applications must be made before the exam. Any declaration of mitigating circumstances made after the exam will not usually be taken into account except in very exceptional circumstances.
What are the implications for timing of the resit, or for the course?
There are usually only two scheduled sittings for an exam: the main sitting and a single resit. Students requiring a third attempt will usually need to intermit from the course and retake the exam the following year.
Professional exams need to be passed in order to progress with the course.
Is there a downside to having exam mitigation in place?
Not really. In the event that a student passes at the first or second sitting, the documented support from College has no implications. The exam mitigation is kept on file and only considered further if a request to Faculty Board for an exceptional third attempt is made.
Can exam scores or pass marks be adjusted?
No. These are professional exams and there is therefore no scope for adjusting either of these as a result of your individual circumstances.
What are the implications for ranking?
For ranking purposes, it is the mark obtained at the first sitting which is used, even if you have failed this. The presence of Exam Mitigation does not change this.
How long is Exam mitigation valid for?
Exam mitigation pertains only to the current set of exams and lapses after the sitting. It is not carried over to any resits. If your circumstances persist at the time of your next exams, then you should discuss with your College whether a new exam mitigation request should be submitted.
What is intermission?
This is a process whereby a student can have an approved break from their studies, for example to undergo medical treatment, and then resume the course at an agreed time.
What are the possible reasons?
These will vary on an individual basis, and we will consider all such requests. Typical reasons would include medical (either physical or mental health); welfare (e.g. bereavement or family issues); or exam failure.
Why might exam failure require intermission?
There are usually two sittings for an exam: the main scheduled sitting and a single resit. If a student defers taking exams until the resit date and then fails; or fails both sittings and is granted approval by Faculty Board for an exceptional third attempt, then there is no further sitting in that academic year. In either of these situations the student would need to take a year out and rejoin the following year in order to sit the exam and then continue the course if they pass.
What is the procedure if I wish to intermit?
You should discuss your circumstances with both your Clinical DoS and with Welfare (firstname.lastname@example.org), as the support of both is required. Welfare will discuss the situation with you and then usually present this at a Deanery meeting. The ultimate decision is that of the Clinical Dean.
What happens next?
If the Clinical Dean agrees, and you have the support of your Clinical DoS, then Welfare will complete an Intermission Proforma which specifies the circumstances and conditions of the intermission. You receive a copy of this, and it is circulated to your Senior Tutor, Tutorial Office, Clinical DoS, the Clinical Dean, Welfare, and the relevant administrative staff at the Clinical School who need to make the arrangements.
What is the implication for fees?
The Clinical School is not directly involved in your fees, and you should discuss this with your Tutorial Office.
When would I be expected to rejoin the course?
The best time to rejoin the course will be discussed and decided on an individual basis.
Students are not usually required to repeat placements that have been satisfactorily completed and signed off, so many intermitting students will rejoin the course partway through the academic year, to do the placements that have not yet been completed. Sometimes an informal “shadowing” placement will be arranged for a couple of weeks before starting to gain confidence before starting properly.
In some situations, a student may choose to restart at the beginning of the year and redo placements that have previously been signed off, to consolidate their learning. Note that there may be fee implications for doing this, and you should discuss this with your college.
What happens when I rejoin the course?
Welfare will usually arrange a Zoom with students before they rejoin the course to discuss any issues and check that all arrangements are in place. This would include the possibility of an informal placement, or an Occupational Health assessment, if either was felt necessary. If students feel that their communication skills or practical skills have become rusty during intermission, then extra CCS or Clinical Skills input can be arranged. Students can liaise directly with the relevant team.
Would I need to repeat exams that have already been passed?
This would not usually be expected, although a student would be expected to fully engage with the course on return, even if they are repeating parts of the course.
Would I need an Occupational Health assessment?
If you are intermitting for health reasons then you would usually be required to have an OH assessment before rejoining the course, to ensure that you are well enough to do so. This would be made clear at the point of intermission and is arranged through your College.
Can I intermit more than once?
Regulations specify that the 6-year course should be completed within 8 years (for standard course students), so in theory you could intermit twice. A situation such as this would require careful discussion with your Clinical DoS and the Clinical School. Any extension beyond 8 years would require an application to Faculty Board, and permission might not be granted.
Pastoral Advisor Scheme
What is the Pastoral Advisor Scheme?
This is a support system which complements the support available from Colleges, the Welfare Team or from other agencies such as the University Counselling Service. Students are allocated into groups with a Pastoral Advisor at the start of Year 4 and can seek help or guidance from their Pastoral Advisor at any stage during their clinical course.
Who are the Pastoral Advisors?
They are all experienced clinicians, typically either Consultants or GPs. They are given guidance by the Welfare Team and their appointment has to be approved by the Clinical School. They understand the course with its attendant pressures, the structure of medical careers and have the wisdom that life experience brings. Students often appreciate the fact that they are “outside the system”, in the sense that they are not part of the core Deanery Team.
What sort of things can I discuss?
If you are concerned about something, then it is reasonable to discuss it with your Pastoral Advisor. Typical things that students discuss include mental or physical health problems, relationship issues, family problems or family health concerns, needing time off, juggling commitments, exam worries or exam resits, electives, applying for Foundation Posts, careers advice, doubts about pursuing a career in medicine, concerns about colleagues etc.
If the Pastoral Advisor is unsure how to help you, they can seek help from other colleagues such as Welfare or the Assessment and Exam Team. In many situations (eg issues relating to your health), their role may be to signpost you to the appropriate source of help.
Can my Pastoral Advisor give me medical advice?
No, your Pastoral Advisor cannot act as your doctor and they are not trained counsellors. It is essential that you are registered with a GP, and professional counselling is available elsewhere if it is needed.
Is the advice confidential?
Whatever you discuss with your Pastoral Advisor is confidential, unless you consent to disclosure, or unless the Pastoral Advisor becomes aware of something which the GMC would require them to disclose. For example, this could include matters such as risks to your safety, or the safety of your colleagues or patients.
Can I change Pastoral Advisor?
Students usually keep the same Pastoral Advisor for the duration of their clinical course. If there is a particular reason to change, email email@example.com to discuss this, and we can help arrange this if there is good reason to do so.
What happens when I am on a regional attachment?
You will still have access to your usual pastoral advisor, and in practice the contact is typically by email or Zoom, so being away should not affect this. However, we also aim to have a Regional Pastoral Advisor in all the regional hospitals so you can contact them if you prefer. If you are unsure who they are, then contact either the hospital admin team, or SubDeansPA@medschl.cam.ac.uk.
What if I don’t know who my Pastoral Advisor is?
You should have been notified of this at the start of Year 4. If you are unsure who they are or how to contact them, then email SubDeansPA@medschl.cam.ac.uk
Can I request to have placements in specific places?
Yes, if there is a valid reason. We cannot guarantee that this will be possible, but we do consider all requests fairly.
Can I be in Cambridge for all my placements?
In general, this is not possible. Teaching Hospitals and Regional Hospitals are very different environments for patients and healthcare staff, and provide very different learning opportunities. Educationally, we consider it important that you should experience both. Balancing student numbers and placement availability is also extremely complicated.
For all these reasons, and due to limited placement capacity, students are not able to have all their placements at Cambridge except in very exceptional situations.
What do I do if I have a valid placement request?
In February / March, you will be sent a questionnaire to complete to indicate any issues that we need to be aware of in relation to your placements. Once you have submitted this information, your request will be discussed with the Welfare team (as discussed below), and significant welfare requests will be accommodated if at all possible.
How is the decision made?
Following completion of the placement questionnaire, the Welfare Team meet with the Admin Team to discuss all the requests that have been received for the upcoming academic year. We discuss and prioritise all the requests according to individual circumstances. This is then considered when allocating the placements. We aim to have Year 5 and Year 6 placements allocated by the end of June. Year 4 students will receive their allocations in August.
How are requests prioritised?
We categorise requests as high, medium or low priority depending on the situation.
Genuine health or welfare requests are given the highest priority, as you would expect.
Needing to be in Cambridge for high level sports or other recreational activities (eg for Blues Team training) is considered a valid reason, but is given medium priority as we consider it less essential than a health requirement. These requests are more likely to be possible for Year 4 and 5 students; in Year 6 the demands of the course are such that recreational activities cannot usually be a priority.
We consider this system to be fair and workable. Unfortunately, because the number of requests generally exceeds what is logistically possible, we may not be able to accommodate everyone, particularly those with lower priority requests.
Can I ask to be with a particular friend?
This cannot usually be accommodated, as it is impossible to take all such requests into account. We do appreciate that this can be important for regional placements but working with a new team on a professional basis is also an important skill to learn. In your future careers you will be unable to choose who you work with.
If there is a particular valid reason why you do not wish to be with another student, then please let us know.
Is there a deadline for making a request?
The questionnaire will have a deadline for submission which is usually mid-March.
Once the placements have been arranged it is extremely complicated to make adjustments, as placements are usually full and apparently “simple swaps” usually have significant knock-on effects.
We will always consider any such “late requests”, but there is no guarantee that we can accommodate them. We apply the same prioritisation to these late requests, so significant health or welfare reasons are most likely to succeed.
What do I do if I need a placement change after the allocations have been made?
If you have a genuine health or welfare need, then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss this.
Requests for other reasons are less likely to be possible as the placements are usually full, particularly at Cambridge.
What is the system for GP placements?
The process is essentially the same, but we will involve our GP Administrator. Again, we consider all such requests in a fair manner, but cannot guarantee to make all the changes requested.
Student Absence Authorisation Card
What is it?
This card gives authorisation for you to be absent from a placement to attend a health or welfare appointment such as an out-patient or GP appointment, therapy session or counselling appointment. In these situations, you show the card in advance to the relevant consultant or teaching lead, and they will grant you permission to be absent without you needing to give detailed or potentially awkward explanations.
How do I obtain one?
You need to contact email@example.com to discuss this with one of the Welfare team. If they agree then they will issue you with a signed card.
When would it be issued?
It is intended for students who have a need for repeated appointments for medical or welfare purposes. This would include a course of therapy, or ongoing follow-up for a chronic condition. It is not issued for one-off appointments, or for prolonged absence from the course.
How long is it valid for?
This will depend on the circumstances and will be decided by the issuer, but will typically be for 3, 6 or 12 months. On expiry it can be renewed after discussion with Welfare, if the need persists.
What if I am on a regional placement?
The card is still valid if you are on a regional attachment.
The Clinical School will pay for a return journey to Cambridge to attend a valid appointment if you have a card. Fill in the normal Travel Expenses claim form on MedEd and annotate the form to indicate that you have a Student Absence Authorisation Card. Full details of submitting these are on the forms (to Year Admin if on a hospital placement, or to GPEG if on a GP placement).
Can it be used for longer term sick leave?
The card can only be used to attend specific appointments and cannot be used for sick leave, or for prolonged absence from the course. In this situation you should discuss your circumstances with Welfare.
University Counselling Service
What is the UCS?
This is a counselling service for Cambridge University students and College staff. It gives the opportunity to discuss personal issues, problems or difficult decisions with a trained counsellor who will offer support in a non-judgemental way. They will help you to explore your feelings or things that are troubling you. Many people will gain this support elsewhere, such as from their family, friends, College Tutor, College Counsellor, GP or from a religious leader, but it is often helpful to speak to someone with specific training who is not otherwise involved in your life.
The UCS has an excellent website https://www.counselling.cam.ac.uk and this also has useful self-help advice and links.
What conditions respond to counselling?
Counselling can help with a huge range of conditions including personal, relationship and sexual problems, family troubles, bereavement, decision making, work-related problems, identity problems, etc. Mental health troubles including anxiety, stress and depression can respond well to counselling and the UCS has some Mental Health Advisors. Note that if mental health problems are significant, then the Clinical Student Mental Health Service may be appropriate (see separate FAQs).
How do I access counselling with the UCS?
Students usually self-refer by completing a pre-assessment form which is available on the website. This helps the service to prioritise your request and match you to a counsellor with suitable experience. You can specifically request a male or female counsellor if you wish, or one who practises CBT.
What does the service cost?
The UCS is free to current students, including Clinical Students.
Can I access counselling elsewhere?
Yes, there are many other counselling services available, and many students will access counselling via their College. Some GP surgeries will offer access to NHS counsellors, although the waiting list is typically longer. College and GP provision tends to vary.
There are also many private counselling services in Cambridge. We are not able to recommend a particular private counsellor, but this is something that you could discuss with your GP if you wish.
Is counselling confidential?
In general, this is the case, and the counsellor will not divulge information without your consent. An exception to this would be if they became aware of a significant risk to your safety or that of others, or if there was a statutory or legal obligation to disclose information.
When is the UCS open?
The UCS is open throughout the year and is not restricted to University term times, which is an advantage for Clinical Students. Appointments are usually offered 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.
They are currently operating remotely due to Covid-19, rather than face to face.
What is the waiting time?
This will vary according to the time of year, your availability and flexibility, but is typically several weeks.
Pre-allocation Based on Personal Circumstances
What is pre-allocation?
In certain circumstances, an applicant may be allocated to a Foundation School before the general allocation occurs. There are very specific circumstances where this is permitted, and such an application will only be considered if the correct evidence and documentation is produced, and this is done within the specified timeframe. The general principle is that you must demonstrate why you need to be in a particular geographical location.
You should follow the guidance given during R+I week. It is also essential that you carefully follow the guidance on the UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) website https://foundationprogramme.nhs.uk where you will find a dedicated section on pre-allocation.
What are the criteria for pre-allocation?
There are specific criteria considered under the Special Circumstances rules. In all cases you must refer to the details on UKFPO website.
- 1. Being a parent or legal guardian of a child under 18. This doesn’t include if you are pregnant and don’t yet have any children.
2a. Being the primary carer for someone (usually your partner, sibling, or parent), who is disabled (as defined by the Equality Act 2010). This does not apply if you are part of a group of carers such as a family. You will be required to produce a care plan showing how you will combine the responsibility of a foundation doctor with that of a primary carer.
2b. Having significant caring responsibility for a family member, partner, or friend, but not being a primary carer.
- 3. Medical circumstances – see below
- 4. Unique circumstances – see below
5a. Educational circumstances – see below
5b. Widening participation – you entered medical school through a scheme or initiative such as Gateway Courses or contextual admission.
Should I discuss this with the Clinical School?
If you are seriously considering pre-allocation, then the UKFPO recommends that you speak to your medical school, and the first point of contact for this will usually be Welfare, to help ensure that this is a realistic option for you. If you decide to go ahead with a pre-allocation request, then you should definitely have discussed it with the Clinical School first. Not all applications are successful, and having the required evidence at the point of application will increase your chance of success.
How does pre-allocation affect the rest of my application?
You must rank the Foundation School you wish to be pre-allocated to as first in your preferences.
You must still apply to UKFPO. The pre-allocation request is made as part of the initial application through Oriel. You must complete the relevant application form (depending on the criterion you choose) from the UKFPO website and upload this with all the required documentation as part of your initial Oriel application. You cannot submit further evidence later unless there are exceptional circumstances.
You must pass the SJT and meet the usual national allocation criteria.
You cannot link a pre-allocation request to another applicant.
Approval of pre-allocation is to a Foundation School and does not guarantee a specific rotation within the pre-allocated Foundation School.
You must follow the procedure as laid out in the UKFPO website.
What supporting evidence needs to be provided?
This is described clearly on the UKFPO website, and you must refer to this for details. The required evidence varies according to the criterion under which you are applying.
What sort of conditions count for medical circumstances?
You must demonstrate that your medical condition or disability requires follow-up in your desired location, and that this is an absolute requirement. Most medical conditions can be followed up in any location and therefore would not count. A qualifying example might be complex surgery requiring input from a specialist surgical team, or multiple medical problems requiring careful interaction and liaison between different medical teams. Mental health problems may not qualify, as mental health support is available in most locations. However, if you require specific input and support from peers, family or friends who are in a particular location then this would be taken into account. In this situation, it is imperative that the professional supportive statements make this quite clear – eg, “the family /community / peer support is part of the ongoing treatment and can only be provided in this area, and it would be detrimental to health to change this”.
It is the personal aspects here that are crucial.
What medical evidence do I need to provide?
Refer to UKFPO website. You will need a report from your medical specialist or Occupational Health. You need to demonstrate very clear reasons in your application why you need to be in a particular location. You should provide letters of support from any other relevant professionals as well as your specialist or Occupational Health: e.g., GP, therapist, Disability Resource Centre etc. In their letter they must emphasise why you cannot receive this support elsewhere, as well as explaining the medical condition and nature of your treatment. It is an absolute requirement that the care needs to be delivered in the particular geographical area.
What would count as “unique circumstances”?
This criterion is not frequently used. It includes things such as being a national-level athlete where you need to be in a particular location for training; being a member of the armed forces reserves with training requirements; or living in accommodation that has been adapted to support your needs (if you don’t qualify already on health grounds).
What are “educational circumstances”?
If a student has needed support because they have struggled educationally, they may be eligible for pre-allocation to their local Foundation School so that ongoing support can be maintained. In order to be considered under this criterion, the student must have been awarded the bottom decile score (ie 34), and required to repeat a clinical year of medical school for educational purposes and be a student or graduate of a UK / ROI medical school. You need to explain why pre-allocation would allow you to manage Foundation Training more effectively, e.g., by continuing to access support from family, mentors, or others. Up to 5 students from each medical school can be considered under this criterion each year.
How is the decision made?
Applications are considered by a national panel. If they turn your request down, there is an appeals process. An appeal may not succeed, and you cannot submit further documentation at a later date unless there are exceptional circumstances.
What are the application deadlines?
These are stated on the UKFPO website. Search for UKFP High-level timeline.
It is essential that you start working on your application at an early stage so that you have time to collate the required evidence. Note that for Pre-allocation Based on Personal Circumstances, there is an earlier deadline than for normal applications.
Does the pre-allocation need to be to my local Foundation School?
In the case of medical circumstances, an assumption is usually made that you will be applying to your local Foundation School. This is because it is assumed that the follow-up or medical input is already in place in that area. If you are applying for pre-allocation to a Foundation School that is not local to your Clinical School, then you must explain why this is the case and provide evidence if possible.
What if I am unsure whether I would qualify?
We hope that these FAQs will help, but otherwise discuss this with the Clinical School.
It some situations where you are unsure, it may be prudent to apply anyway, providing evidence, and let the panel decide.
If necessary, the Clinical School can discuss your circumstances with the East of England (or other relevant) Foundation School Director.
Where can I get further information?
This is available on the UKFPO website. Here you will find a checklist for applicants, guidance notes and the Application Form. The key dates for applicants are also on the UKFPO website.
You can contact the UKFPO for advice firstname.lastname@example.org