UK Foundation Programme

UK Foundation Programme

Here you will find information about how to apply to the 2-year Foundation Programme and Stand-alone programmes.


News and Updates

Recruitment to Specialised Foundation Programmes is changing for 2025

NHS England, NHS Education for Scotland, and the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency have announced today that all applications to their respective Specialised Foundation Programmes (SFP) will be incorporated into the main Foundation Programme allocation process for 2025. The move will mean there is a more consistent approach to recruitment and aligns England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. This process is already in place in Wales.

For full detail on this this change visit:
NIMDTA – https://www.nimdta.gov.uk/latest-news/recruitment-to-specialised-foundation-programmes-from-2025/
NES – scotlanddeanery.nhs.scot/news-events/specialised-foundation-programme-sfp-in-scotland-an-update/
NHS England – https://www.hee.nhs.uk/news-blogs-events/news/recruitment-specialised-foundation-programmes-changing-2025


Allocation to Foundation School (UoA)

On 01 September 2023 the UKFPO confirmed that all eligible applicants for the 2024 Foundation Programme would be allocated a place on a 2-year programme.

Allocation to Foundation School (Unit of Application (UoA)) will take place this year on 07 March 2024. The process will be the same as last year and all applicants will be allocated to a Foundation School on this date. Dates for the group/programme preferencing and matching process can be found in the updated  UKFP 2024 application timeline.


F2 Stand-alone 2024 notification of post numbers published

Numbers of posts for F2 Stand-alone 2024 have now been published. Please refer to the F2 Stand-alone webpage for more information.


F2 Stand-alone 2024 applicant guidance published

Applicant guidance for F2 Stand-alone 2024 has now been published. Please refer to the F2 Stand-alone webpage for more information.


UKFPO Webinars

The UKFPO will be hosting a range of webinars this year. All our webinars are recorded and posted on our webinars page.

Careers webinarTuesday 06 February between 14:00-15:00

Supporting Trainees Entering Practice (STEP) webinarThursday 27 February between 18:00-19:00

Announcement: Please check our events page for the link to join on the day.


UKFPO Bulletin

Read the latest UKFPO bulletin (February 2024)


2024 UK Foundation Programme (FP) Application Statement

At the close of national application to the 2024 UK Foundation Programme on 04 October 2023, the UKFPO had received 10,777 applications. 

The UKFPO confirmed on 01 September 2023 that all eligible applicants in the application process will be allocated a place on the UK Foundation Programme in 2024.  Further guidance outlining the allocation process will be released in early 2024.


Eligible Applicants for UK Foundation Programme 2024 to be allocated a place

The UKFPO has today confirmed that all eligible applicants for the 2024 Foundation programme will be allocated a place on a 2-year programme to start in August 2024.

The new Preference Informed Allocation (PIA) process comes into effect for the 2024 allocation and a comprehensive guidance document explaining the new process has been published and is now available on our website.

The UKFPO will be hosting two webinars on 6 September 2023 and 13 September 2023 to help answer applicants’ questions about the Pre-allocation application and the new Preference Informed Allocation processes. Questions for both webinars must be submitted in advance.

(Published 1 September 2023)


UKFP 2024 Applicant Guidance

All applicant guidance documents for UKFP 2024 can be found on our UK Foundation Programme page.


Foundation Programme Allocation Process Stakeholder Engagement Outcome

See the full details of the FP allocation process stakeholder engagement and the outcome.


UKFPO update on industrial action for doctors in England

Heath Education England have published information on how this affects the training of postgraduate doctors in England.


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