Competence Evidence

Competence Evidence

Evidence of Foundation Competence

All applicants to CT1/ST1 posts are required to provide evidence of achievement of Foundation Competence within the 3 years prior to the intended commencement date for the advertised post(s).

The acceptable methods for demonstrating Foundation Competences are:

1. Currently on a Foundation Programme

If you are undertaking a recognised foundation programme in the UK [1] which is due to finish in August 2017, we will ask you to confirm the name of your Foundation School. You do not need to do anything else or submit any evidence. Any offer of a programme will be conditional upon you successfully completing the Foundation Programme and being awarded an FACD 5.2 before August 2016. Those applying who will require a delayed start date due to illness or maternity, will be permitted to apply and defer in order to allow them to complete their Foundation Programme.

2. Already completed a Foundation Programme

If you have already completed a UK Foundation Programme, we will ask you to confirm that you have been awarded an FACD 5.2, signed no earlier than 1st January 2014. You MUST attach a scanned copy of your FACD 5.2 to your application.

3. If you have not undertaken and completed a UK Foundation programme on or after 1st January 2014, you will be required to submit an Alternative Certificate of Foundation Competence signed by a consultant who has supervised you for at least 3 months (continuous period) since 1st August 2014.  You may submit more than one Alternative Certificate from different posts in order to show evidence of achievement of all competences but all certificates must relate to posts undertaken for at least 3 months (whole time equivalent and a continuous period) since August 2013. You MUST attach scanned copies of the certificates to your application form. You will be expected to provide the original document(s) at a later date.

If you are unable to provide any of the 3 options detailed above as you have not worked since 01 August 2014 then you are advised to secure a second year UK Foundation Programme before applying to specialty training. Alternatively, you could secure a post that will enable you to demonstrate foundation competency to a consultant who could then provide you with an "Alternative Certificate", e.g. a locum or Trust post.


[1]: UK Affiliated Foundation Programmes include those in Malta.  The Maltese Foundation School awards FACD 5.2 to the same standards as other UK Foundation Schools and as such is considered equivalent.

 

I’m applying for CT/ST2 level jobs, what evidence do I need to provide?

In order for an applicant to submit an eligible application for a specialty, you must demonstrate you have achieved the required competency to the level you are applying.

Only the following documents will be accepted:

  • ARCP documents
  • Alternative Certificate of Core Competence

 

I’m applying for CT/ST3+ level jobs, what evidence do I need to provide?

In order for your application to be eligible, you must demonstrate you have achieved the required competency to the level you are applying.

Only the following documents will be accepted:

  • ARCP documents
  • Alternative Certificate of Core Competence

 

Download Alternative Certificate 2017

You must upload the relevant documents when you submit your application for specialty training. You will be required to bring to interview all the original documents which have been uploaded to your application.

When submitting an Alternative Certificate, all competences must be signed as achieved at the time of application. 

Only Alternative Certificates from the current recruitment year will be accepted.  Therefore, for 2017 recruitment, the 2017 Alternative Certificate should be submitted at the time of application.

The only exception to this is if you are a refugee. Refugees (as defined on the UKVI website:) are advised to contact the recruiting organisation for further guidance - but should submit an Alternative Certificate if it all possible.

You are also required to have had 12 months experience after full GMC registration, or equivalent.   We therefore expect all doctors applying to a specialty training programme to have had at least 24 months experience in appropriate posts, either in the UK or overseas, since gaining their primary medical qualification and before commencing a specialty training programme.  For those applying with an Alternative Certificate of Foundation Competency, this experience must have been obtained by time of application.

 
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