2 Year Foundation Programmes

Key Documents

UKFP 2021: Eligibility Applicant Guidance – A comprehensive overview of the eligibility application process, for those who need to submit eligibility applications for 2021. (Please be advised that this guidance is subject to change in light of external dependencies and in particular, in regard to the current public health pandemic. The UKFPO will provide updates, as necessary.)

UKFP 2021 Applicants’ Presentation – A presentation for prospective applicants in 2021, providing a brief overview of the Foundation Programme and the application process.

UKFP 2021 Applicant’s Handbook – A handbook for prospective applicants in 2021, providing comprehensive instructions/guidance concerning the application process for UKFP 2021.

UKFP 2021 Person Specification – A summary of the specification to which all applicants must adhere (these specifications are elaborated upon in the other key documents).

UKFP 2021 Educational Performance Measure Framework

Situational Judgement Test – Reasonable Adjustment Process Applicants Guidance – Guidance on submitting reasonable adjustment requests for the SJT.

UKFP 2021 Foundation Priority Programme (FPP) Handbook

UKFP 2021 Psychiatry Foundation Fellowships (PFF) Guidance

UKFP 2020 Blood Borne Virus Guidance

Application Guidance by Programme

How to apply for Academic posts available

How to apply for foundation posts available

How to apply for foundation priority posts available

How to apply for psychiatry fellowship posts available

All psychiatry fellowship posts (PFF) are now included in the main foundation programme (FP) posts. All posts that relate to PFF will be detailed in the programme descriptions.

How to apply to all posts available


All applications must be submitted through Oriel (national online application system). You can access the new version of Oriel here. Applicants are advised to start their applications early to allow sufficient time to complete the necessary sections of the application form and to gather evidence in support of their application.

Important: You will need to create a new Oriel account on the version linked to above before you can make any 2021 applications.

The Oriel applicant portal is compatible with Internet Explorer 11, Safari 7+, Google Chrome 30+, Firefox 24+ and Edge. Applicants are advised to use one of these browsers when using the website and preferably the most up to date version of that browser. 

Please note that the system is not compatible with Internet Explorer 7 – 10. 

If at any point you find yourself getting stuck in a ‘loop’ or if there appears to be an error on the system, please try to access the site from a different web browser, for example, Google Chrome, or deleting your internet browser history in the first instance. For technical queries please contact the technical helpdesk via support@hicom.co.uk.

Further information can be found in HEE’s statement here.