Foundation Programme (UKFP)

You MUST apply for Foundation Programme (FP) before applying to Specialised Foundation Programmes (SFP), Psychiatry Foundation Fellowship (PFF) or Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP)

The Foundation Programme is a two-year, work-based training programme which bridges the gap between medical school and specialty / general practice training. The foundation programme is part of the continuum of medical education. It ensures that newly qualified doctors develop their clinical and professional skills in the workplace in readiness for core, specialty or general practice training. The Foundation Programme aims to ensure that all doctors deliver safe and effective patient care and aspire to excellence in their professional development in accordance with GMC guidance.

Applications for foundation training are to a generic programme. Rotations are designed to ensure all foundation doctors undergo a balanced programme which enables them to meet the competences and outcomes set by the GMC as described in the Curriculum. 

2023 Key Information

UKFP 2023 High-level Timeline Key Dates [.pdf, 135KB] – please note that Key Dates for UKFP 2023 will be released on an incremental basis. This document will be reviewed and updated on a regular basis to include additional dates. Please refer back to this page at all times to ensure that you are viewing the most up-to-date information.

2022 Key Documents

UKFP 2022 Application Process Key Changes

UKFP 2022 Applicants’ Handbook (published 30 July 2021)

UKFP 2022 High-level Timeline 

Applicant Presentation:

UKFP 2022 Applicant Presentation – A presentation (pdf version) for prospective applicants for FP 2022, providing a brief overview of the Foundation Programme and the application process (published 19 July 2021). Recording of a UKFP Foundation School Director delivering the presentation available below.

UKFP 2022 Applicant Presentation – recording part 1

UKFP 2022 Applicant Presentation – recording part 2

UKFP 2022 Applicant Presentation – recording part 3

Further documents:

UKFP 2022 Person Specification

UKFP 2022: Educational Performance Measure (EPM) Framework

UKFP 2022 – Useful Tips for Eligibility and FP Applicants

2021 Key Documents

Recruitment for 2021 has now closed and these documents have now been archived

Still have Questions? Please see the  UKFP Application FAQs