12 / 1 / 2015 12.46pm
The UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) has published an updated version of its national framework and person specification for recruitment to one-year F2 Locum Appointment for Training (LAT) programmes.
There are two main changes from the previous version which employers should be aware of:
- The deadline for candidates accepting a F2 LAT post must be no later than 1 July; therefore any posts advertised after the end of May should be advertised as non-training service posts. This change is intended to reduce the problem of candidates withdrawing from their allocated F2 posts at late notice in order to take up a LAT post in a different location or specialty, which leaves a gap for the original F2 employer.
- A form has been introduced for candidates re-applying to the foundation programme who have previously been removed or resigned from the foundation programme (including F2 LAT posts). Foundation schools are not obliged to support an applicant’s reapplication to foundation training, but all applicants must complete and submit this form as part of their application.
It should be noted that the F2 LAT person specification is a minimum standard for recruitment to these programmes but recruitment remains a local process undertaken by the foundation school in partnership with local employers. The foundation school must be involved in the appointment to all LAT positions. If the lead recruiter is an employer and not a foundation school, a foundation school representative must be involved in the recruitment process to ensure that there is a direct line of accountability to the local education and training board/ deanery.
The national framework and person specification, and the reapplication to foundation training form can both be viewed on the UK Foundation Programme Office website.