Information for trainees

Like all doctors, trainees may be asked to work flexibly if the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic gets worse. This could mean carrying out alternative tasks or working in different clinical contexts.

We’ve worked with your postgraduate deans* to develop guiding principles for those involved in your training. We’re all committed to making sure the pandemic does not compromise your long-term training needs.

The principles include that:

  • you shouldn’t be asked to carry out any activities beyond your level of competence
  • you should receive appropriate induction and supervision if you’re moved to a different clinical area
  • interruptions to your training should be considered during your Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP).

Read the full joint statement on medical education and training

Exams for doctors in training

We understand you may have concerns about postgraduate exams scheduled for the coming months. We’re working with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Conference of Postgraduate Medical Deans, and the four UK governments and health services to support you, while making sure we maintain standards and patient safety.

Following advice by the UK government:

  • Colleges have decided to cancel all exams.
  • Trainees will not be disadvantaged for missing exams due to circumstances out of their control that relate to coronavirus. Payments will carry over to next spring or be refunded, and progression won’t be automatically halted.
  • We’re continuing to discuss options for those due to sit an exit exam required for CCT. We’ll provide further advice on this soon.

Read the full statement on exams for doctors in training 

Full registration of F1 doctors

We’ve agreed an approach to give suitable Foundation Year 1 doctors early full registration, if we’re asked to do this by national governments and postgraduate training organisations.

We’d consider applications from F1 doctors for full registration, if they can provide a Certificate of Experience from their Foundation School to demonstrate they’ve already met the requirements in our Outcomes for provisionally registered doctors. 

Read the joint statement on early full registration for F1 doctors.

Pausing rotations scheduled for 1 April 2020

 All postgraduate training rotations due to take place on 1 April 2020 have been paused. This would have involved over 20,000 trainees moving to new workplace settings at an already pressurised time for healthcare services.

You’ll stay in your current workplace, unless local arrangements allow otherwise, or wider clinical circumstances require it. 

We’re working with all those involved in your training to reduce the impact this has on you. We’ll continue to keep you updated on the latest information.

Read the full statement on pausing rotations

*Health Education England, Health Education and Improvement Wales, NHS Education for Scotland and the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency.