Psychiatry Foundation Fellowship (PFF) FAQs

What are the Psychiatry Foundation Fellowship programmes?

The Psychiatry Foundation Fellowship programme aims to improve exposure to the specialty for foundation trainees. The scheme will ensure that a greater number of Foundation Doctors are supported in their interest in Psychiatry throughout the Foundation programme, maintaining and enhancing their enthusiasm for the specialty. This is especially important for those who may have limited opportunity to explore their interest via a clinical placement. Psychiatry has faced challenge historically in recruiting to Core Training posts. The aim of the scheme is to identify medical students with above average academic ability who have expressed an interest in psychiatry as a potential career choice and to support them through to application for specialty training.

How do PFF posts differ to standard FP programmes that include a rotation in psychiatry?

As well as having access to educational opportunities relevant to psychiatry e.g. funded attendance at relevant conferences, on-line learning and psychiatry journals trainees will also access funded weekly psychiatric supervision and be able to attend reflective Balint groups. The aim of these opportunities is to introduce a strong emphasis on the psychological aspects of medicine throughout the foundation programme to enhance the educational opportunities afforded in non-psychiatric rotations for those keen to develop expertise in this area. Fellows may also choose to be linked to college faculties to provide additional mentoring in a potential subspecialty of psychiatry of interest (e.g. child and adolescent, perinatal etc).

Where are PFF posts located?

PFF posts are available at each of the foundation schools across England. Applicants from all four nations are welcome to apply for the posts.

Who can apply for PFF?

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

What are the application form requirements for PFF?

Applicants will be asked to provide an academic CV and a supporting statement.

When will the interview be held?

November – early December.

Where will the interview be held?

At the Royal College of Psychiatry in London.

What does the interview process involve?

A 30–40 minute panel interview. The interview panel will include a representative from the Royal College of Psychiatry and the UK Foundation Programme. Applicants will be asked a series of questions about their interests, commitment to specialty and their experience of mental health.

What will the scoring criteria be for offers?

Applicants will be ranked based on their interview score and offers will be made based on the interview score and in accordance with applicant preferences. A meritocratic algorithm will be used, i.e. the highest scoring applicant will be offered the programme they ranked the highest.

When will offers for PFF be made?

There will be two rounds of offers in February.

If I accept an offer for PFF, will I still be eligible for FPP and FP?

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

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

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