Are you an FY1/will be starting as one in August 2019?

Would you like a buddy to provide some informal support?

Please read over some of the below information about what a buddy can offer you and if you're still keen you can sign up on the link at the bottom of the page.

Any questions not answered here or on our FAQs please contact us on


So when you sign up you tell us where you will be based for your FY1. We know that FY1s often rotate to different sites, but to make our matching process easier, we ask that you tell us where you will be primarily based for your time as an FY1. If your primary site isn't included please select your nearest and let us know so we can correct our information. We know that in some more regions, these rotational sites may be further apart in which case let us know where you will be first so we can allocate a buddy near you, and if need be we can reallocate you another buddy after you rotate, or you can keep in touch with your buddy remotely, up to you.

Of course there is the option for remote support also, and as we can't always guarantee where we'll have buddies available, we ask people to consider this as an option.

Other things we'll ask you about:

  • Specific areas of support you might have
  • Specialty if you are looking for some career advice
  • Level of buddy you would like - would you prefer someone who is a near peer (such as FY2 or SHO) or a registrar or consultant etc.

We can't always guarantee that we can match you to a buddy that fulfills all these criteria, but we will do our best.

We also need your details - full name and email address so we can put you in touch with your buddy, and with a few other bits of information through the year.


Once you complete your sign up you should recieve an automatic email from us. If you don't get this please check your junk/spam folder and add to your safe senders list.


We will then try and match you with a suitable buddy. This can take some time, particularly at the beginning of the sign up period whilst we're getting buddies signed up too. Within a couple of weeks we should be in touch with the details of your buddy or perhaps to ask you a few questions to try and better match you. Please be patient.

If this all sounds good, then you can sign up below.

Any outstanding questions then have a look at our FAQs or contact us.


Still keen to sign up?