Suggested start and changeover dates for foundation and specialty trainees

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07 / 5 / 2014 11.47am

NHS Employers has traditionally worked with the National Association of Medical Personnel Specialists (NAMPS) to suggest start and changeover dates for the foundation programme and specialty training. 

In 2013, we worked with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) to produce Recommendations for safe trainee handover. To mitigate problems when new doctors start work or rotate, the joint guidance suggests four simple, practical recommendations:

  • consultants must be appropriately available 
  • flexible and intelligent rota design 
  • high quality clinical induction at all units 
  • reduction of elective work at changeover times.

The AoMRC subsequently started work on staggering trainee changeover dates to increase patient safety and reduce stress for trainees. NHS Employers was represented at a AoMRC working group alongside deans, royal colleges, trainees, the BMA, the GMC, Medical Schools Council, NAMPS, and patient representatives. The Academy published its Staggering Trainee Doctor Changeover report in March 2014, the recommendations will be implemented as part of Shape of Training initiative. There will be no impact on specialty training dates for this year. 


Suggested start dates

  2015 2016 2017 2018
Start first F1/F2 post 5 August 3 August 2 August 1 August

Remember that there must be a paid shadowing period before the commencement of a trainee's first F1 post. This is a minimum of four working days but could be longer as part of local arrangements.

For specialty training, check with your local deanery, local education and training board, lead employer, or royal college on which specialties follow an August/September change or whether some specialty schools wish to move some doctors at other times throughout the year. This may depend on course start times and completion of appraisals. 

Suggested changeover dates for Foundation trainees

For three month placements starting in: 2015 2016 2017 2018
1st changeover 4 November 2015 2 November 2016 1 November 2017 7 November 2018
2nd changeover 3 February 2016 1 February 2017
7 February 2018
6 February 2019
3rd changeover 4 May 2016 3 May 2017
2 May 2018
1 May 2019
For four month placements starting in: 2015 2016 2017 2018
1st changeover 2 December 2015 7 December 2016 6 December 2017 5 December 2018
2nd changeover 6 April 2016 5 April 2017 4 April 2018
3 April 2019
For six month placements starting in: 2015 2016 2017 2018
1st changeover 3 February 2016 1 February 2017 7 February 2018 6 February 2019

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