Specialised Foundation Programme (SFP)

The Specialised Foundation Programme (SFP) (previously known as Academic Foundation Programme) provides a fabulous opportunity for foundation doctors to develop research, teaching and leadership/management skills in addition to the competences outlined in the Foundation Programme Curriculum.

Recruitment Process

To apply for any of the Foundation Programmes, first you need to ensure you are eligible to apply. If you graduated (or are graduating) from a UK medical school, your medical school will confirm your eligibility on your behalf. For non-UK medical school graduates, your eligibility will be confirmed via UKFPO’s Eligibility Office.

You should then consider applying for Specialised Foundation Programmes (SFP) via the main application on Oriel. These programmes tend to focus around research, leadership and management or medical education. These posts are all recruited to through competitive selection methodology and will require applicants to attend an interview. You can apply to up to two academic units of application (AUoAs) and will be asked to rank programmes as part of the application form. Each AUoA will then have its own local process for short-listing and interviewing.

*Applicants are advised to refer to the specific AUoA (Academic Unit of Application) website that you will be applying to, to see which achievements they will be taking into consideration for their shortlisting and interview processes.

More information about how to apply, together with the timeline, is available in the Applicants’ Handbook on the Two-year Foundation Programme page.

The foundation school websites will provide more information on the academic posts they offer and their structure. The UKFPO have also produced a couple of documents with programme information on the Academic Training page.

There are also a number of Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP), which offer exposure to academia, some of which also provide the opportunity to undertake a postgraduate qualification. Applicants are ranked based on their total Foundation Programme (FP) application score (EPM + SJT). Applicants who apply to the national FPP vacancy will be asked to rank programmes as part of the application form. If you wish to be considered for the programmes with academic components, you should positively rank these programmes in order of preference. Additional guidance around FPP is available on the UKFPO website.

Programme information:

This information is for UKFP 2021 and will be uploaded here in the near future. 

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