1. Introduction

It is recognised that the increasing spread of COVID-19 is putting NHS services across the health and care sectors of all four nations of the UK under extreme pressure. This pressure will inevitably be exacerbated by staff shortages due to sickness or caring responsibilities, at a time when we need as many people as possible to deliver care in a way that is safe and effective.

Actions being taken to support the NHS at this time  include supporting final year medical students to graduate early, where they have demonstrated their competencies, and to gain provisional registration with the General Medical Council (GMC) so that they can enter the Foundation Programme early and work in the NHS as a Foundation Interim Year 1 (FiY1) doctor.


Such participation is entirely voluntary - it will be for you to decide if you wish to contribute in this way and “opt in”. Your safety will be paramount. You will be given induction, provided with full necessary personal protection equipment and the training to use it.

If you wish to volunteer for this programme please complete the following survey.

The FiYR allocation process is being managed by the UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO), who will liaise directly with each of the four UK health departments and their foundation schools to support the deployment of students undertaking an FiYR post.

If you have any queries please contact helpdesk@foundationprogramme.nhs.uk

Further information on the impact of Covid-19 on training can be found at:
England  - https://www.hee.nhs.uk/coronavirus-information-trainees
Scotland - https://www.scotlanddeanery.nhs.scot/covid-19/
Wales  - https://heiw.nhs.wales/covid-19/
Northern Ireland  - https://www.nimdta.gov.uk/news/supporting-the-covid-19-response/

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