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 specialised units of application (SUoAs). Each SUoA will then have its own local process for short-listing and interviewing.

*Applicants are advised to refer to the specific SUoA (Specialised 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. The foundation school websites will provide more information on the specialised posts they offer and their structure.

More information about how to apply, together with the timeline, is available in the Applicants’ Handbook on the Two-year Foundation Programme 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. Please see the FPP section of our website for further details.

Key Documents:

SFP 2022 White Space Questions

SFP 2022 Summary by Specialised Unit of Application – includes interview dates (where applicable)

SFP 2022 Selection Appeals Process (coming soon)