Appeals FAQs

The UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) will consider appeals against outcomes in relation to the following aspects of the national application process:

How do I make an appeal?

To make an appeal concerning one of the subjects listed below, you need to complete the relevant Appeals Form at the bottom of this webpage, and email the form to appeals@foundationprogramme.nhs.uk. Forms will be published at the relevant time for the appeals process they relate to.

Appeals are only accepted during the relevant appeals windows, and appeals sent to the appeals inbox outside of these time frames will not be considered.

Further information about the processes and timelines for appeals are in the relevant appeals guidance documents at the bottom of this webpage.

Eligibility Outcomes

Applicants who graduated overseas or from a UK medical school more than two years before the start of the programme to which they are applying are required to apply through the eligibility process.

Eligibility applications are considered by the UKFPO in accordance with the eligibility criteria.

10% of all eligible applications are reviewed and quality assured by an independent eligibility checking panel.

Applicants who are considered ineligible at the end of this process may submit an appeal against the outcome of their application.

Pre-Allocation

Applicants have the option to apply for pre-allocation to a particular Foundation School based on their personal circumstances (refer to the guidance on the UKFP webpage). Applications for pre-allocation are reviewed by a national panel comprising of medical school, foundation school and UKFPO representatives.

Applicants may appeal the outcome of their application for pre-allocation.

Clinical Assessment

Applicants who qualified from medical school two years before the start of the programme must also undertake an assessment of their clinical skills in the UK before being granted full eligibility. The primary purpose of this assessment is to determine suitability to start the foundation programme. The assessments will be undertaken by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. Candidates will sit a set of 12-station Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) in approximately four hours.

Applicants may appeal the outcome of the Clinical Assessment.

The first stage of the UKFPO appeals process does not apply to Clinical Assessment outcomes.

Reasonable adjustments (RAs) for the Situational Judgement Test (SJT)

Applicants have the option to apply for reasonable adjustments for the SJT in their Oriel application form. The UKFPO convenes a panel to review all requests and either approve or reject them. If your request is rejected, you have the right to submit a stage two appeal.

The first stage of the UKFPO appeals process does not apply to RA outcomes.

Specialised Unit of Application (SUoA) SFP Selection

Applicants cannot make an appeal simply because they disagree with the principles of the SUoA recruitment process or the judgements or outcomes that have been made by the application scorers/interview panels. Applicants may request a review by the SUoA where processes or procedures have not been followed, or there is evidence of unfairness in how the process has been implemented, and the objectivity of decisions is called into question.

The process and application form for submitting an SFP Selection appeal will be in the key documents section below.

Important notes:

  • Situational Judgement Test (SJT) scores are final and there is no opportunity for applicants to appeal the outcome of the Situational Judgement Test (SJT).
  • Allocations to Foundation Schools are final. Applicants will not be able to appeal their allocation result. National swaps between Foundation Schools are not permitted.
  • Appeals forms should be downloaded and saved to your computer before you fill them out. Do not try to fill the form out in the web browser.


Guidance

UKFP 2023 Eligibility Appeals Guidance

UKFP 2023 Applicant Guide To Appeals Processes ( SJT Reasonable Adjustments / Pre-Allocation / Clinical Assessment)

Appeal windows – Timeline and deadlines

Eligibility application outcomes – Stage 1

  • UKFP 2023 Eligibility Appeals Form – Stage 1
  • Submission window opens 11 August 2022
  • Submission window closes 18 August 2022 (12:00 midday BST)
  • Appeal results issued to applicants on 25 August 2022

Eligibility application outcomes – Stage 2

  • UKFP 2023 Eligibility Appeals Form – Stage 2
  • Submission window opens 25 August 2022
  • Submission window closes 30 August 2022 (12:00 midday BST)
  • Appeal results issued to applicants on 2 September 2022

SJT Reasonable Adjustment request outcomes – Stage 2 (stage 1 does not apply)

  • UKFP 2023 SJT Reasonable Adjustments Appeals Form – Stage 2
  • Submission window opens 26 September 2022
  • Submission window closes 28 September 2022 (12:00 midday BST)
  • Appeal results issued to applicants on 30 September 2022

Pre-allocation application outcomes – Stage 1

  • UKFP 2023 Pre-allocation Application Appeals Form – Stage 1
  • Submission window opens 3 November 2022
  • Submission window closes 8 November 2022 (12:00 midday GMT)
  • Appeal results issued to applicants on 22 November 2022

Pre-allocation application outcomes – Stage 2

Clinical Assessment outcomes – Stage 2 (stage 1 does not apply)

Specialised Foundation Programme /SUoA selection – application outcomes

  • Dates and process to be confirmed