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F2 Doctors 

Our current F2 doctors are Dr Catherine Lindley and Dr Eleni Panagoulas ( April 2019-August 2019)

What are F2 doctors?

  • Doctors with full GMC registration in their second year of postgraduate medical education and training
  • They will have completed a pre-registration F1 year, and be undertaking an F2 programme rotating through three specialties
  • They are expected to undertake a clinical workload under supervision. 
  • They are not expected to do ‘out of hours’ in general practice
  • They are trust employees for the whole of their F2 year
  • F2 doctors will attend the generic foundation teaching programme organised by the Foundation Programme Director (FTPD), who is usually based in the acute trust.

How is an F2 doctor different from a GP speciality trainee?

  • The F2 doctor is NOT learning to be a GP
  • The aim of this rotation is to give the F2 doctor a meaningful experience in general practice with exposure to the patient in the community, as well as gaining an understanding of the interface between primary and secondary care.
  • Experience in general practice will contribute towards the F2 doctor achieving the competences required for the Foundation Programme.

Who decides which doctor will go to which practice?

  • Each F2 programme usually consists of 3 rotations. There are numerous combinations. 
  • The School of Primary Care identifies practices that are able to host the F2 placements. Foundation Programme Directors (FPDs) in Trusts are given the list of GPs who have agreed to be clinical supervisors and they link them to F2 programmes with a GP component.
  • Information about the names, contact details and programmes of a practice's F2 doctors should be provided by the local Foundation Programme administrator in the acute Trust.

F2 Doctors and General Practice 

Why have F2 attachments in primary care?

All doctors need to understand how the NHS works and the interface between primary and secondary care. Key themes in the curriculum for F2 doctors that are highly appropriate to general practice include:

  • The recognition and management of acute illness
  • Prescribing
  • Communication skills
  • Teamwork
  • Triage and problem solving
  • Impact of illness of everyday lives of patients and carers
  • Long term conditions
  • Understanding the interface between primary and secondary care
  • Management skills

It provides an opportunity for F2 doctors to experience general practice as a specialty, and helps to consolidate career choices.

The aim is to provide a tailored education programme for each F2 trainee developing the generic skills and competencies appropriately acquired and assessed in the context of general practice, allowing them to be further developed and perfected in the remainder of the Foundation Programme.

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