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FAQ


Frequently Asked Questions

What happens on the day ?


What should I bring ?


What should I wear ?


What if I am unable to attend my assessment ?


Can I see a sample station ?


Where will the assessment take place ?


How do I obtain the results ?


Misconduct in the examination.


Appeals and Complaints.


What do I do if I have a disability ?






What happens on the day ?

You will be allocated a day and time to report for your assessment, identified by your EO number.

  • Your allocation will be posted on our website on 17th September 2019.

This information will be available in the Registered Area.

Please carefully check your allocation time and reporting instructions.

Please ensure you allow plenty of time to reach the venue. Manchester is a busy city and roads can become congested. If you arrive late, you may not be allowed to sit the examination.

Please be prepared to spend several hours at the Centre on each day, as we need to ensure that you do not mix with other candidates who are sitting the examination on the same day. Please note that you will not be able to use your mobile phone or any other electronic device during this time. You will be able to read books, magazines or newspapers. You will be able to eat refreshments. If you are held, you will not be able to purchase refreshments until released in the early afternoon so it would be advisable to bring your own. We will provide water. You will not be allowed to smoke in the Centre or anywhere in the Hospital grounds. You will have access to toilets.



What should I bring ?

Please bring your passport so that we can confirm your identity. If we have any doubt about your identity, we will need to photocopy the passport so that we can clarify any uncertainty with the UKFPO. If you decline to allow this, you will not be permitted to sit the examination.

You must hand in all mobile phones and electronic devices before the examination. These will be sealed in a bag, locked in a secure cupboard and returned to you at the end of each day. You may bring your own pen and stethoscope. All other equipment will be provided.



What should I wear ?

In general, candidates should be clean and smartly dressed, as non-verbal communication is just as important as verbal communication. Extremes of dress compromise communication between doctors and patients, regardless of either party’s gender, or cultural or ethnic background. In addition, it is important to be aware that some clothing and hairstyles can encourage cross-infection. The UK Department of Health has introduced guidelines to improve hygiene. This includes the need to be ‘bare below the elbows’.

The following guidelines are designed to enhance communication and reduce the risk of cross-infection :

  • You are not allowed to wear clothing that covers most of the face. Peaked caps, hoods, and the Niqab are examples of unacceptable clothing in this context. Clothing like the Hijab that only obscures the hair and the top of the head is, however, acceptable.

  • You should wear short-sleeved shirts or blouses (or roll up your sleeves).

  • Clothing should be modest and professional. Excessively revealing clothing, or T-shirts with slogans, are not allowed.

  • You should not wear a watch around the wrist. You may, however, find it useful to have a watch attached to your belt or in your pocket.

  • You should not wear a tie or neck scarf, as this encourages cross-infection.

  • You should not wear body and face jewellery (except small stud earrings and wedding rings and items that have an important religious significance).

  • Nail varnish and false nail extensions must not be worn.

  • Excessive body art should be covered up.

  • Hair should be tied back if it could potentially interfere with a clinical interaction or procedure.

  • Shoes should be sensible and appropriate for a clinical environment. Open-toed sandals, high-heeled shoes and trainers are not permitted.

  • Strong odours, perfumes or aftershaves should be avoided.



What if I am unable to attend my assessment ?

If you have find you cannot attend your assessment prior to the assessment weeks you should inform the UKFPO office via email via email enquiries@foundationprogramme.nhs.uk.

If you find you are unable to sit the assessment on 22 - 25 October 2019, please contact Wythenshawe Hospital direct (the telephone number will be in your reporting instructions).



Can I see a sample station ?

A sample station is available in the Registered Area.



Where will the assessment take place ?

The venue will be at Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester. We will give you detailed guidance on how to find this location when you have paid your application fee.



How do I obtain the results ?

We will not give any results to candidates on the day/s of the assessments. Instead, results will be emailed to you by the UK Foundation Programme Office. They will explain the timetable for this. As well as the overall result, we will provide you with feedback about your performance in individual stations.



Misconduct in the examination.

This is a professional examination. You are not allowed to talk to any other candidate during the assessment. You are not permitted to use any electronic device or written notes during the examination. You must not remove any materials from the assessment. You must not write down or otherwise communicate details of the stations to other candidates. If you do any of these things, we will report you to the UK Foundation Programme Office, who may exclude you from the application process.



Appeals and Complaints.

We are committed to making the assessments as fair as possible. We use examiners who are experienced and trained for the role. In line with university regulations, you cannot appeal against the clinical and academic judgement of an examiner. If you wish to complain that the correct processes and procedures have not been followed during the assessments, you must submit an appeal in writing to the UK Foundation Programme Office within the agreed timeframe. You should clearly and concisely explain your grounds for the appeal. This correspondence must come directly from the candidate.



What do I do if I have a disability ?

If you have a disability which may affect your performance in the examination, you must inform the UK Foundation Programme Office when you first register for the assessment. If necessary, we will try to make reasonable adjustments to the examination. We cannot make adjustments to the standard of the examination, but we may be able to make allowances if you have mobility, hearing or visual problems.



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