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Policies and procedures

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Educational and clinical supervision

All foundation doctors in Wales will be allocated an educational supervisor for each 4-month placement within the rotation, for the full two years of their foundation programme, to maintain an overview of development and progress of the doctor within the training programme.  A guide for foundation doctors commencing August 2023 provides more detail. The Wales foundation school uses the TURAS e-portfolio and you will be sent login details directly once you commence your F1 year.

If you are unable to find the information you require within these pages then please email the Wales foundation school.


Maternity leave

HEIW is committed to supporting it's trainees through their training including starting a family. The Wales Foundation School Maternity Leave policy (PDF, 169Kb) has guidance on taking maternity leave during your foundation training.


Study leave

The principles of Study Leave and Study Budget Entitlement can be found outlined in the All Wales Study Leave Guidance.

This information has also been summarised for Foundation Doctors below:


Taster sessions

It is possible to use Study Leave to cover time spent in another specialty (which does not fall within your rotation) as a "taster session".


Less than Full Time (LTFT) Training

All foundation doctors are eligible to apply to work LTFT and will be accommodated within their allocation rotations where possible. We request that notice of the intention to work LTFT is given as soon as possible, allowing at least 4 months before the preferred LTFT start date.

Further information can be found in our LTFT section, and any questions can be emailed to the Flexible Training team.

Please note that training LTFT will result in pro-rata pay and leave entitlement. In turn, this will also extend the time required to complete foundation training proportionately (e.g. if working at 50% whole time equivalent, the 2 year foundation programme will be completed over 4 years).


Out of Programme (OOP) in Foundation

Foundation Doctors can apply to take a break in their training between their F1 and F2 year. Further guidance on this process and the request form can be found below:

Please note that this process is not suitable for those requiring extended time out of training due to health reasons. Foundation Doctors in this scenario should speak to their Foundation Programme Director or the Foundation School for bespoke advice.


Transfers between Foundation Programmes

Where a Foundation applicant or Foundation Doctor’s personal circumstances have changed, and they feel unable to take up or continue with their allocated Foundation Programme in Wales, please contact the Wales Foundation School or your Programme Director in the first instance. 

If it is not possible to implement sufficient support and adjustments within the current allocated programme, it is possible to apply for an “Inter-Foundation School Transfer” (IFST) outside of Wales or a “Re-allocation” within Wales. Both of these processes require the applicant to demonstrate that they meet certain criteria and can only be actioned where a suitable programme is available.


Advanced Life Support (ALS)


Reservist leave policy