Applicant Guidance


The Applicant Handbook has been designed to answer all your questions about the national application process for both the Foundation Programme and the Academic Foundation Programme commencing in August 2019. The handbook also explains how to access the online application system (Oriel) and what information you need to provide to support your application.

UK FP/AFP programme information

Please see below number of vacancies and other programme information for each UoA / AUoA:

Appeals

Appeals against the national elements of the application process will be dealt with nationally by the UKFPO.

This includes appeals relating to:

  • Eligibility outcomes
  • Verified educational achievements outcomes
  • Special circumstances
  • Clinical assessments

Appeals against locally managed elements of the application process will be dealt with by your foundation school / organisation.

There are currently no appeals windows open.

Appeals processes and form:

Timelines

Special Circumstances:

  • By 12th November 2018 - Special circumstances application outcomes released to applicants
  • 13th November 2018 - Appeals window opens
  • 22nd November 2018 - Appeals window closes
  • 29th November 2018 - Appeals panel scheduled to consider applications
  • 3rd December 2018 - Appeals outcomes released to applicants

Clinical Assessment:

  • 5th November 2018 - Clinical Assessment outcomes released to applicants
  • 14th November 2018 - Detailed feedback issued to applicants
  • 15th November 2018 - Appeals window opens
  • 22nd November 2018 - Appeals window closes
  • 29th November 2018 - Appeals panel scheduled to consider applications
  • 3rd December 2018 - Appeals outcomes released to applicant 
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Special Circumstances

The Special Circumstances process allows some applicants to apply to be pre-allocated to a Foundation School on the grounds of Special Circumstances.

Those eligible may include doctors who:

  • are the primary carer for a close relative
  • are a parent or legal guardian for a child or children for whom you have significant caring responsibilities
  • have a medical condition for which ongoing follow up in a specified location is an absolute requirement
  • have or a unique circumstance

You can apply to your medical school (UKFPO for eligibility applicants) for pre-allocation on the grounds of special circumstances.

Guidance and application forms:

SJT / EPM

Applications will have a maximum score of 100 points and this will consist of two components:

  1. Educational Performance Measure (EPM) – 50 points maximum 
  2. Situational Judgement Test (SJT) – 50 points maximum 

The EPM and SJT are added together to make the total score. From this, the applicants are then matched in accordance with their score and preference.

Educational Performance Measure (EPM)

The EPM is a measure of clinical and non-clinical skills, knowledge and performance up to the point of application. The EPM comprises two elements: medical school performance in deciles for which 34-43 points are available, and educational achievements, which are worth up to 7 points. A maximum of 50 points is available.

All applicants applying to the Foundation Programme, including the Academic Foundation Programme, will be awarded an EPM score. Please click here to view the 2019 EPM Framework.

Situational Judgement Test (SJT)

The SJT is an assessment methodology designed to test aptitude for employment and the professional attributes expected of a Foundation doctor, as defined in the 2019 National Person Specification. It is used for selection to the Foundation Programme together with the Educational Performance Measure and presents applicants with hypothetical work-relevant scenarios asking for non-clinical judgments about possible responses.

While the evaluation of the SJT for selection to the Foundation Programme is ongoing, research into SJTs as a measurement methodology shows that they are a valid and reliable selection tool and can help predict later job performance.

The SJT is taken under invigilated conditions and consists of 70 questions in 2.4 hours. It contains 2 question formats: rank 5 possible responses in order and select the three most appropriate responses. 

A maximum of 50 points is available.

All applicants to the Foundation Programme commencing in August 2019, including the Academic Foundation Programme, are required to take the SJT in the UK on either:

10.00 – 12.20 GMT, Friday 7 December 2018

10.00 – 12.20 GMT, Monday 7 January 2019

SJT Guidance & Reports
SJT Practice Papers

The UKPO and MSC Assessment have produced two 70 item practice SJT test papers (a second practice paper added in October 2017), to help you familiarise yourself with the test format. The answers and rationales to these questions are also provided for reference. Questions, answers and rationales in these papers are copyrighted MSC Assessment.

PDFs of the practice paper, questions and rationales are available by clicking the relevant link below:

Tier 4

Non-UK/non-EEA nationals who graduate from a UK medical school wishing to undertake a recognised, 2-year full-time Foundation Programme (including academic programmes) are eligible to apply for Tier 4 sponsorship.

This is provided by Health Education England (HEE) working across West Midlands.

Applicant queries regarding Tier 4 visas should be sent to tier4doctors@hee.nhs.uk

Transfer of Information

All applicants to the Foundation Programme must comply with the TOI process and complete a form. For UK medical school graduates, the form will be sent to them by their medical school; for non-UK medical school graduates, or UK medical school graduates who graduated prior to 7th August 2017 the form will be sent to them by the UKFPO's Eligibility Office.

For details of the requirements and timeline please download the guidance below. You can also download a copy of the form: