ACADEMIC FOUNDATION PROGRAMME

SOUTH WEST (PENINSULA & SEVERN) FOUNDATION SCHOOLS

PERSON SPECIFICATION

 

ESSENTIAL

DESIRABLE

EVALUATED

ELIGIBILITY AND QUALIFICATIONS

Applicants must meet the requirements set out in the UK Foundation Programme 2016 Eligibility Criteria.


The applicant must have achieved, or expect to achieve, a primary medical qualification as recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC) by the start of the UK Foundation Programme 2016.

No failure in any part of undergraduate programme

Additional qualifications eg BSc, MSc, PhD or equivalent

Eligibility checking/
Application2/
Interview/

CLINICAL KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

The applicant must be familiar with and be able to demonstrate an understanding of the major principles of the GMC’s Good Medical Practice (2013)1 including:

  • Knowledge, skills and performance
  • Safety and quality
  • Communication, partnership and teamwork
  • Maintaining trust

The applicant must demonstrate an understanding of the outcomes to be achieved in the UK Foundation Programme as set out in the GMC’s The Trainee Doctor (2011)1.

 

Application2/
Interview/Pre-employment screening

Clinical assessment (where appropriate)

KNOWLEDGE & ACHIEVEMENTS

 

Evidence of high academic achievement, e.g. prizes, exam distinctions

Understands the principles of research

Evidence of interest in and experience of teaching and/or Leadership & Management

2:1 or 1st class honours for undergraduate degree

Peer reviewed publication(s)

Elective or SSM report demonstrating understanding and commitment to academic career

Presentation of work at a national or international meeting

Application2/
Interview

COMMUNICATION & INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

The applicant must demonstrate skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking in English language that enable effective communication about medical topics with patients and colleagues, as set out in the GMC’s Good Medical Practice (2013)1.

Language skills evidenced by either of the following criteria:

a. applicants have undertaken their entire undergraduate medical training in English

OR

b. have attained the minimum International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores:  Overall 7.5, Speaking 7.5, Listening 7.5, Reading 7.5, Writing 7.5

Evidence of leadership skills

Application2/
Interview

Clinical assessment (where appropriate)

ATTRIBUTES

The applicant must demonstrate:

  • an understanding of the importance of the patient as the central focus of care;
  • the ability to prioritise tasks and information and take appropriate decisions;
  • an understanding of the importance of working effectively with others;
  • the ability to communicate effectively with both colleagues and patients;
  • initiative and the ability to deal effectively with pressure and/or challenge;
  • commitment to learning and continued professional development;
  • self-awareness and insight into the boundaries of their abilities;
  • an understanding of the principles of equality and diversity
Demonstration of educational reasons for applying for this academic foundation programme

Application2/
Interview/Pre-employment screening

Clinical assessment (where appropriate)

 PROBITY

The applicant must demonstrate appropriate professional behaviour, i.e. integrity, honesty, confidentiality as set out in the GMC’s Good Medical Practice (2013)1

By the start of the programme, the applicant must demonstrate criminal record and barring clearance at the appropriate level and complete all other pre-employment requirements according to current government legislation.

  Application2/
Interview/Pre-employment screening

 

1 Please note that whenever General Medical Council documents are referenced, it is possible that revised versions will be produced after the UKFPO's information has been published. Therefore, applicants should always refer to the most up-to-date version of these publications.

2 Please note that the Application includes the Situational Judgement Test (SJT)