Foundation Year 2

Information and guidance on processes in Foundation Year 2:

Foundation Year 2 in General Practice

A General Practice (GP) placement in Foundation Year 2 (F2) introduces the doctor to General Practice and to a range of skills that are transferable to a career in any speciality. General Practice enhances generic and clinical skills for any future career.

Aims of GP Placement

General Practice placements in the Foundation Programme provide F2 trainees with:

An enhanced understanding and ability to operate across the primary/secondary care interface efficiently

An appreciation of the roles of each agency in the extended primary care team and how they all fit together to provide an integrated service to patients

An understanding of the implications of illness for the individual, the family, the community and the employer

The development of personal life-long learning skills


Currently 55% of our F2 trainees have the opportunity to experience a placement in General Practice. We aim to increase this percentage to 70% in the coming years.


The employing trust will liaise with the local GP patch office to allocate trainees to a GP practice. The Wessex School of GP approves all practices taking F2 trainees as suitable for training.

Please see our locality GP Training contact page for further information.

Please see F2 in GP Resources page for a handbook for both F2 in GP for trainees and GP Clinical Supervisors/Practice Managers for further detailed information.

Wessex Post Graduate Medical and Dental Education (PGMDE) Foundation School Contact

For allocation queries or further information, please email

Resources for Foundation Year 2 General Practice

Ten Common GP Consultations (Word) – eLearning and resources for ten common presentations in General Practice (GP)

Educational Agreement between Clinical (GP) Supervisor and FY2 (Word) – document setting out the educational aims and objectives of a F2 placement in GP. To be signed by the F2 doctor and their clinical supervisor.

Honorary Educational Contract (Word) – to be signed by the F2 doctor and clinical supervisor.

Web based resources for GP in F2

General websites

GP Notebook – Useful GP focused resource  – Useful GP resource and patient information leaflets

DVLA medical guidelines

Wessex LMC  Guidance – multiple resources on everything from prescription security, antibiotic prescribing, sick notes and bus passes to return to work post-op

Pictorial display of NNT – A useful risk/benefit tool for communicating with patients



NHS Antibiotic Prescribing Guidelines SHIP – Hampshire and Isle of Wight Prescribing App for iPad or Phone


Arthritis Research UK patient information leaflets and health care professional resources

FRAX Calculator – Fracture risk assessment tool

Musculoskeletal Examination Resource – Overview of focused musculoskeletal examinations


Spirometry in Practice

British Thoracic Society Asthma Guidelines


Diabetes UK

Fasting with Diabetes

Women’s Health

Guidance on Contraception in Young People (pdf)

Guidance on Contraception in females over 40 years (pdf)


British Association of Dermatology – useful healthcare professional resource and patient information leaflets

Dermnet Dermatology website – useful healthcare professional resource and patient information leaflets


BASH Headache Guidelines (pdf)


Spotting the sick child – Interactive tool to help recognise the acutely sick child


NHS Screening

Vaccination schedule –  NHS vaccination schedule

CHADS2 and CHA2DS2-VASC – clinical prediction rule for estimating stroke risk in patients with AF

CIT dementia screening – dementia screening tool

QRisk Calculator – cardiovascular risk calculator

Mental Health

iTalk (Hampshire)

IAPT( CBT ) Services: Steps to Wellbeing (Southampton City, Dorset)

RCPsych Patient information leaflets 

Mood Gym (computer CBT )

Living Life to the Full (computer CBT )

Sleep Hygiene leaflet (pdf)

Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Score (pdf)


Wessex Clinical Genetics Service – link to referral proforma and useful information

Foundation Year 2 Abroad

Wessex Foundation School will only approve F2 equivalent training programmes in New Zealand and Australia.

Trainees who have completed their Foundation Year 1 (F1) year in Wessex and wish to undertake their F2 year abroad need to submit an application for F2 Abroad and apply for prospective approval of the F2 equivalent posts. Further information about this process can be found in our F2 Abroad Guidance document.

Applications for F2 abroad need to be submitted to the Wessex Foundation School by the published deadline. This date will be circulated to F1 trainees as part of the F2 Swap process.

Applications will be reviewed by the Head of Wessex Foundation School, and with the Foundation Programme Manager.

The application process is completely trainee led. The Foundation School cannot assist with the process of finding a suitable F2 post overseas or provide any travel or work visa guidance.

F2 Abroad Guidance (pdf)

F2 Abroad Application Pack (pdf) – The application pack for F2 abroad consists of two sections for completion: Part A and Part B.

Applicants should initially complete and submit the four documents in Part A of the application pack by the February deadline listed on our F2 Swaps timeline.

Applicants who are approved for F2 abroad will then be required to submit further documentation in Part B in order to gain prospective approval of their F2 equivalent posts. The deadline for Part B is usually in April. Please contact us for more information:

F2 Abroad FAQs

Resources for GP Supervisors and Practice Managers

Foundation Programme in GP Clinical Supervisor and Practice Manager Handbook (pdf) useful information regarding a trainee’s placement.

Practice Managers F2 Checklist (pdf) – useful prompt for preparation and hosting a F2 trainee (including invoicing).

Agreement between FY2 Trainer and Wessex Foundation School (Word) – Service Level Agreement between the F2 trainer and the Post Graduate Medical and Dental Education (PGMDE) local team to be signed when they are formally approved or re-approved by the GP Specialty Training Committee. The Health Education England local team will ask the F2 trainer to sign the agreement when they send formal notification of their approval or re-approval.

Course Notes for GP Foundation Supervisors (pdf) – course notes for prospective Foundation Clinical Supervisors Course.

The Application Form and Criteria for becoming a GP F2 Supervisor can be found on the School of General Practice page.

Foundation Year 2 Swap Process

Wessex runs an F2 Swap process which offers the opportunity to apply to swap one of your F2 placements or the whole rotation with another trainee.

The F2 Swap policy 2021 – 2022 will be published in due course.