Time out of Foundation Programme (TOFP)

Occasionally foundation doctors may wish to take time out of training for a number of reasons such as;

  • work or travel
  • domestic reasons
  • health reasons
  • personal reasons

The duration of time out of the foundation programme is usually 12 months to avoid individuals becoming out of phase with the foundation programme.

Foundation schools typically only approve TOFP at the end of F1 training so that a year out is taken between this time and the beginning of F2. Time out during the F1 or F2 programme is generally only considered in exceptional circumstances. 

F1 doctors should also be aware that the length of time doctors is allowed to hold provisional GMC registration is limited to a maximum of 3 years and 30 days. Further information can be found at GMC | ProvisionalRegistration

Procedure for applying

Foundation doctors should discuss their intention to take Time Out of Foundation Programme (TOFP), with their Educational Supervisor and Foundation Programme Director.

If, after discussion the foundation doctor decides to proceed with their request to take time out, they should complete the relevant form.

The completed form should be sent to the KSS Foundation School for consideration by the director and postgraduate dean.

For F1 trainees please email england.kssfoundationyear1.se@nhs.net

For F2 trainees please email england.kssfoundationyear2.se@nhs.net

Receipt of the Time Out of Training proforma will be acknowledged within 5 working days.

A decision will be made within 30 working days of the annual deadline or receipt of application for applications made after the deadline, unless further information is required. In such cases, the applicant will be advised as to when a decision can be expected.