Workforce, training and education
East of England


The first week, or ideally, two of the F2 placement in General Practice should be a time for induction.

Like any new relationship; it is about getting to know each other, particularly with reference to the difficult transition for junior doctors from secondary to primary care.

The F2 should ideally have an opportunity to meet all members of the Primary health care team and have time to observe their role within General Practice.

It is also a time when the trainer can learn about the F2 doctor: what they have done already, their aims and expectations of the attachment. The ePortfolio will hopefully have valuable information and should include a PDP. Together, the trainer and F2 can reflect on any specific needs or requests that either may have. Flexibility is the key to success.

There is an induction meeting assessment to complete in the ePortfolio.

When this has occurred both the F2 doctor and trainer should feel more comfortable about the F2’s ability to consult independently in General Practice.

It is very helpful if you have a practice introduction pack for the F2 doctor.

This is an example induction week timetable - but it is only a guide and should be adapted to suit your learner and your practice.

A suggested F2 induction programme -


Day 1

Meeting doctors/staff

09:00 - 10:00

Induction with supervisor

10:00 - 11:00

Surgery & home visits with supervisor

11:00 - 13:00

Working on reception desk

14:00 - 15:00

Surgery with supervisor

15:00 - 17:00

Day 2

Treatment room

09:00 - 11:00

Chronic disease nurse clinic

11:00 - 13:00

Computer training

14:00 - 15:00

Surgery with another doctor

15:00 - 17:00


Day 3

District nurses

09:00 - 12:00

Computer training

12:00 - 13:00

Local pharmacist

14:00 - 16:00

Surgery with another GP

16:00 - 17:00


Day 4

Health visitors

09:00 - 11:00

Admin staff

11:00 - 12:00

Shadowing on call doctor

13:00 - 17:00


Day 5

Surgery and home visits with another doctor

08:30 - 12:00

Practice meeting

12:00 - 13:00

Computer training

14:00 - 15:00

Surgery with supervisor

15:00 - 16:00