Foundation programme career destination report 2017

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The United Kingdom Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) has published its eighth F2 career destination report.

Career destinations report 2017 has been produced from data collated from a UK-wide survey of 6890 outgoing F2 doctors who typically graduated from medical school in 2015 and completed their training in August 2017. It aims to show the career intention of respondents at the beginning of their foundation training and the actual destinations at the end of their foundation training.

Key points

Entry into specialty training

  • 53.8 per cent of F1s intended to continue to specialty training in the UK, with general practice followed by core medical training noted as popular first choice specialties.
  • 55.7 per cent of F2s applied to specialty training in the UK, but only 42.6 per cent of F2s progressed directly to specialty training. This is a reduction from 50.4 per cent in 2016, and 52 per cent in 2015.
  • 2.6 per cent deferred their appointments.
  • 1.5 per cent of F2s turned down a specialty training post as the location was not deemed to be suitable.
  • Appointment to general practice specialty training in the UK increased from 33.8 per cent in 2016 to 35.8 per cent in 2017. Many of the F2s working within this specialty chose to do so with 91.6 per cent of stating that GP was their first-choice specialty.

Locum / service appointments

  • 2.5 per cent of F1s stated that they intended to pursue a service appointment in the UK. However, at the end of F2, 17.2 per cent of F2s were appointed to a locum or service appointment within the UK.
  • 7.4 per cent of F2s were still looking for employment as a doctor within the U.K, an increase from 6.1 per cent in 2016.
  • 5.9 per cent of doctors chose career destinations outside of the UK, with 3.8 per cent of F2s still seeking employment. Most of these expressed that they intend to return to UK practice.

Career breaks

  • 14.3 per cent of F2s chose to take a career break as their next career destination at the time of completing the survey.
  • 6.4 per cent of F1s intended to take a career break after foundation training, but this increased to 13.8 per cent when asked again at the end of F2.
  • Out of the 13.8 per cent, 62 per cent wished to travel.
  • Many intend to take this break for a year, except for those planning to leave medicine.

Intention to work less than full-time

  • 12.1 per cent of F2s intend to work less than full time in their future employment as a doctor.
  • The number of males intending to work less than full time has increased to 38.1 per cent from 36.5 per cent in 2016. In comparison, the number of females who intend to work less than full time has decreased to 60.8 per cent, from 62.2 per cent in 2016.

Further information

The full report can be found on the UKFPO website.

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