Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP) FAQs

What are Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP)?

Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP) have been developed to support specific areas of

the UK that have historically found it difficult to attract and retain trainees through the foundation and specialty recruitment processes. The main aim is to maximise the opportunity for applicants who wish to be located in less popular areas and therefore improve supply for specialty training and beyond. These programmes also often a range of incentives, such as additional educational opportunities, digital innovation, international experience, financial incentives, leadership, medical education and enhanced exposure in certain specialties for example.

As part of this process, applicants will have the opportunity to rank individual priority programmes that have been determined by a specific location as part of the application form and prior to national allocation to FP. Successful applicants will be offered specific programmes prior to national allocation to foundation schools.

Where are FPP posts located?

FPP posts are available at the following foundation schools:

-East Anglia Essex

-Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire (EBH)

-North Central and East London

-North West of England


-Northern Ireland


-South Thames



-West Midlands North 

-West Midlands South

Who can apply for FPP?

Any applicant who has applied to FP can apply for FPP, i.e. all nominated or eligible applicants.

How will my application be scored?

Applicants will be ranked based on the total application score for FP (EPM + SJT).

When are applicants notified of offers?

Offers for programmes will be made one week prior to national allocation to foundation schools for FP on Wednesday 4th March 2020.

How long do I have to respond to an offer?

Applicants will have 48-hours to respond to offers, after which time offers will expire and will be automatically declined on the system.

If I decline an offer for FPP, will I still be eligible for FP?


If I accept an offer for FPP and later withdraw my application, will I be eligible for FP?

No. If you choose to withdraw your application once you have already accepted an offer, you will be withdrawn from the entire process, including FP.

If I have previously accepted an AFP or PFF offer, will I receive an offer for FPP?

No. Once you accept an offer during any part of the application cycle, you will be withdrawn from all other aspects of the process.

Offers / allocations are made sequentially in the following order: AFP, PFF, FPP and then FP.