On graduating from HYMS, your MB BS joint degree from the two universities is a primary medical qualification which entitles you to register provisionally with the UK's General Medical Council.
Registration with the GMC is subject to its acceptance that there are no Fitness to Practise concerns that need consideration. (You can find out exactly what this means from the GMC website.)
The Foundation programme is a two-year general programme forming a bridge between medical school and specialist or general practice training. Over the two years, Foundation trainees have the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of specialties and healthcare settings before applying to enter their specialist area. There will also be openings if you want to pursue a career in academic medicine.
As a provisionally registered doctor graduating from HYMS, you will be able to practise medicine in approved Foundation Year 1 posts only. The law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work. You will apply for a Foundation Year 1 post during the final year of your undergraduate course at HYMS. Applications are processed by the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme, which allocates posts on a competitive basis. There are enough Foundation posts available across the HYMS area for all our graduates who wish to remain in the region. So far, all suitably-qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme (but this can't be guaranteed – for instance, if there were to be an increased number of competitive applications from non-UK graduates).
Most trainees successfully complete Foundation Year 1 within 12 months, and are awarded a Certificate of Experience. After receiving your certificate, you will be eligible to apply for full registration with the GMC. Full registration provides you with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or privately in the UK.
Although the information on this page was correct at the time of writing, regulations may change from time to time.