The Foundation Programme is both time and competency-based. Provisionally registered doctors with a licence to practise must complete one year (full-time equivalent) in an approved foundation programme to be eligible to apply for full registration with the GMC. The GMC has approved the Curriculum published by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Foundation Committee and the four UK health departments. The outcomes set out in The Trainee Doctor have been mapped to the Foundation Programme Curriculum (the Curriculum). F1 doctors must demonstrate the outcomes set out in the Curriculum on different occasions and in different clinical settings as a professional in the workplace, demonstrating a progression from the level of competence required of a medical student. F1 doctors are also encouraged to gain additional appropriate experience.
F1 Annual Review of Competence Progression (F1 ARCP)
- To document the judgement about whether a foundation doctor has met the requirements and has provided documentary support for the satisfactory completion of F1;
- To document recommendations about further training and support where the requirements have not been met; and
- To document the judgement about the outcomes demonstrated by a foundation doctor in a locum appointment for training post or rotation and to document these accordingly.
Further information on the ARCP process is available in the Foundation Programme Reference Guide (section 10).