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 16-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.