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Demonstrating competences

The information on this page relates to the 2017 round and is in the process of being updated for the 2018 round. Potential applicants should therefore check back for the latest information which will appear over the coming weeks.

Demonstration of Foundation Competence for applicants through the medical route

All applicants wishing to train through the medical route will need to evidence attainment of Foundation competencies within the three years preceding the advertised start date for these posts. Applicants are advised to read all guidance carefully to ensure that they can provide appropriate evidence. The acceptable methods for demonstrating foundation competence are as follows:

1. Applicants currently in the second year of a UK affiliated Foundation Programme which is due to finish in August 2017 will need to confirm the name of their Foundation School but do not need to submit any other evidence at the time of application.
2. Applicants who have previously completed a UK affiliated Foundation Programme with a FACD 5.2 signed and dated no earlier than 1 January 2014 will be eligible in terms of the Foundation competence requirement.  A scanned copy of the FACD 5.2 must be uploaded to the Oriel application.
3. Applicants currently in active clinical or clinical and academic practice in a UK educationally approved training post (CT/ST/LAT or equivalent) holding either a National Training Number (NTN) or Deanery Reference Number (DRN) will be considered as having had their foundation competences assessed on entry to their current post and do not need to demonstrate these again, regardless of when the foundation competences were signed off.
4. All other medical applicants need to evidence competence by providing an Alternative Certificate which certifies competence completed in no more than the three years preceding August 2017. This evidence will need to be complete and certified by the date of submission of your application. Applicants will need to upload supporting documents.

Equivalent competence must be certified by a supervising registered consultant/GP with whom the applicant has worked for a minimum of three months whole time equivalent (continuous period) since August 2014. Equivalent competence must be certified against all the competencies in the Foundation curriculum. An applicant without all foundation competencies certified will not be eligible to proceed.

Applicants may submit more than one Alternative Certificate from different posts in order to show evidence of achievement of all competencies, but the certificates must relate to posts undertaken for at least three months (continuous period), whole time equivalent (WTE), each since August 2014. Over the sum of the forms that you submit you must ensure that all competences are covered.

Please ensure your Alternative Certificate(s) is/are uploaded with your application. Original certificates will be required for verification at selection centre.

Further general information is available in the applicant guide to specialty recruitment 2017.


Demonstration of Agenda for Change Band 6 (or equivalent) competence for applicants through the non-medical route

Applicants from a background other than medicine will need to be able to demonstrate 24 months practice at Agenda for Change Band 6 (or equivalent), of which three months WTE must be in the three years preceding the advertised start date. Any applicant unable to demonstrate this will be ineligible to apply to specialty training.

All posts will commence in August 2017. Please follow the links below for further information on each programme: (this table will be fully populated as information is received from programmes).


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