Holding a PMQ entitles you to provisional registration with the General Medical Council, subject only to its acceptance that there are no fitness to practise concerns that need consideration.
Provisionally registered doctors can only practise in approved Foundation Year 1 posts. The law does not allow provisionally registered doctors to undertake any other type of work.
See the GMC Provision Registration Guidance (PDF: 201KB) for more information.
Foundation Year 1
To obtain a Foundation Year 1 post, you will need to apply during the final year of your undergraduate course through the UK Foundation Programme Office selection scheme.
Posts are allocated to graduates through a national competitive process which includes a Situational Judgement Test (SJT).
Also, during your final year, you will sit the Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA).
So far, all qualified UK graduates have found a place on the Foundation Year 1 programme, but this cannot be guaranteed.
Certificate of Experience
Successful completion of the Foundation Year 1 programme is normally achieved within 12 months. Completion is marked by the award of a Certificate of Experience.
You will then be eligible to apply for full registration with the General Medical Council.
You need full registration with a licence to practise for unsupervised medical practice in the NHS or private practice in the UK.
Although this information is currently correct, you should be aware the GMC is considering new regulations in this area and the current structure may change in the next few years.