Is it possible to take a complete break from clinical work after foundation training?
- By: Caroline Elton
Each year the UK Foundation Programme Office publishes a destination report. Back in 2011, more than 70% of foundation year 2 trainees went straight into a specialty training programme in the United Kingdom. The latest figures (for 2015), however, show that the figure has dropped to 52%. In other words, last year nearly half the foundation year 2 doctors in the UK didn’t go straight into a specialty training programme.
So what are these doctors doing? Some are going into non-training medical posts in the UK, perhaps because they want to have a bit more clinical exposure to a certain specialty before they make a final decision about their choice of specialty. Others want to work as doctors, but not in the UK. In the 2015 survey 13.1% reported that they intended to take a career break from medical practice—just as you would like to do. This is nearly a