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Yorkshire and Humber

Taster Days

A taster is a period of time, up to five days, spent in a specialty in which the foundation doctor (FD) has not previously worked. Its purpose is to enable the development of insight into the work and ‘lifestyle’ of the specialty and promote careers reflection.  Tasters are available for both F1 and F2s. There are a range of taster opportunities available, for which Foundation doctors are able to arrange days themselves, with their employing Trust, tailored to their needs.

Foundation Trainees wishing to attend a Taster day are required to apply for leave. Granting this leave is at the discretion of the department the trainee is working for. Up to five taster days can be taken across F1 and F2 but It is preferred that no more than 3 days are taken in one training year, except in exceptional circumstances. If more than three taster days are to be taken within a single training year this must be discussed with both the ES and FTPD in advance. F1s should discuss career aspirations with their educational supervisor and review their requirement and timing for tasters around the middle of the F1 year. 

If you wish to attend a Taster day and your supervisor feels it is appropriate for you to attend, please use the forms below and return them to your Foundation Coordinator and/or Medical Education Centre at least 6 weeks prior to your planned Taster Day.

The form must be signed by your rota coordinator or medical staffing coordinator, and your FTPD. You will also need to inform your department or ward and make arrangements for your duties to be covered.

To find out more, please make enquiries within your hospital to the specialty you wish to have experience of and/or contact the foundation coordinator at other hospitals if a specialty is not available at your hospital. Contact details of the foundation coordinators can be found on the respective Trust pages on our website.


For more information see the Study Leave Guidance in the documents section below.