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

Over 14,000 have their say on possible change to 2024 allocation process

Over 14,000 people have completed the survey seeking views on a possible change to the allocation process for next year’s UK foundation programme.

The survey, launched last month by the four UK Statutory Bodies, formed part of an engagement process looking at whether the process for allocation should remain in its current format which sees applicants ranked according to their FP Score based on an Educational Performance Measure (EPM) and their Situational Judgement Test (SJT) mark or move to a new system that will see each applicant given a computer-generated ranking. 

Professor Elizabeth Hughes, HEE Medical Director and Chair of UK Foundation programme Allocation Group said:  

“We are very grateful to everyone who took time out to complete the survey and in such huge numbers.  

The feedback we have received is invaluable. We will discuss what it tells us and use this information to help shape our decision on how to manage the 2024 Foundation allocation across the four nations”.  

We know that preparation for the Foundation Programme application can be stressful for many applicants, and that is why we have been keen to explore ways we can make the process as stress-free, transparent, and fair as possible. 

A final decision on the way forward will be made in May with a view to changing the allocation process for those applying for a Foundation Programme place starting in August 2024. 

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.

Note that the Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA) sitting scheduled for 13 March 2023 has been cancelled for all F1 doctors in England. The sitting will go ahead as planned in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The following PSA sitting, for all F1 doctors in the UK who require it, is on Monday 24 April 2023. The third (and final) PSA sitting for F1 doctors in England will now be on Friday 2 June 2023. Foundation doctors and trust postgraduate centre staff with queries should contact their local foundation school team.

UKFPO Bulletin

Read the latest UKFPO bulletin (May 2023)

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