2 Year Foundation Programme Documents

Defence Deanery

For any queries relating to the Defence Deanery, please contact Lisa.Holyoak100@mod.gov.uk who will be able to assist.

Eligibility Guidance

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: Dean’s Statement – This is a compulsory part of the eligibility application process.

UKFP 2021: Reapplication to Foundation Training Form – This is compulsoryonly if you have previously been removed or resigned from a two-year Foundation Programme. (Word version available here)

For further information on eligibility applications visit the eligibility page on this website or the eligibility FAQs on the FAQ page.

Educational Performance Measure (EPM)
Guidance for Medical Schools
Inter-Foundation School Transfer (IFST)

Please note the central IFST process for 2020 has now closed; please contact your Foundation School directly if you wish to request an IFST (at this stage these can be granted only in exceptional circumstances).

The IFST process will be running for the training year August 2021-August 2022; further information on this process will be published soon. The guidance for IFST for UKFP 2021 will be published on the 29th October 2020 (GMT).


UKFP 2021: Oversubscription Guidance (to be uploaded later in 2020)

UKFP 2020: Application Summary Report

UKFP 2019: Application Summary Report

Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA)

UKFP 2021: PSA Guidance (to be uploaded later in 2020)

Situational Judgement Test

Medical students / graduates sitting the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) in December 2020 and January 2021 will be accessing the SJT via a digital platform. Pearson VUE and Work Psychology Group have partnered with Health Education England and the UKFPO to develop a computer based SJT, to be introduced as part of the application process for UKFP 2021.

Although delivery of the test for December 2020 and January 2021 will change, we will continue to deliver a test that is reliable and accessible. Those sitting the SJT in December 2020 or January 2021 will take the test either at the local Pearson Vue testing centre in their area, or remotely with an online proctor. Applicants will have the option to choose the date and time of their test around their own availability (within 2 test windows).

The key dates are as follows:

Booking window: 9th November – 23rd November 2020 (applicants are advised to book as early)

Window 1 – 7th December 2020 to 19th December 2020

Window 2 – 18th January 2021 to 23rd January 2021

Introductory video about the SJT

**Key information about the SJT**

Information for Medical Schools

 Information for Applicants

Pearson VUE Landing Page (to create account and book SJT slots)

Practice Papers

SJT Extenuating Circumstances: Policy

SJT Extenuating Circumstances: Application Form

Reasonable Adjustments Process – Applicants Guidance

SJT Communications – June 2020 Update


Reasonable Adjustments Form- Closing 04th November

Special Circumstances

The Special Circumstances process will be open until 4th November 2020, for applicants to UKFP 2021. We accept PDF versions of the form and electronic signatures. Please ensure you email your form to the help desk: helpdesk@foundationprogramme.nhs.uk by the deadline.

Special Circumstances: Application Form

Please note, the application form is required to be in a specific format.  To open the form please follow these instructions:

·       If you click the link above it will open a loading page.

·       Whilst on the loading page, navigate to the toolbar and click ‘Download’.

·       This will download the PDF to your computer’s folders.

·       You can now open the PDF from within your  computer’s downloads folder.

Helpful tips:

You need to have a semi up-to-date version of Adobe Reader.

If you’re on a mac it has it’s own version of a PDF Reader that will not work so you need to make sure you’re using Adobe’s one.

Make sure you are not opening the form in a browser, please navigate to where the file has downloaded to in your file explorer and open it from there.

Special Circumstances: Checklist for Applicants

Special Circumstances: Applicant Guidance

Special Circumstances: Medical School Guidance

Supporting Trainees Entering Practice (STEP)

All applicants to the Foundation Programme are encouraged to make full use of the process for Supporting Trainees Entering Practice (STEP) by completing the relevant form. This process is intended to support the transition from undergraduate medical education to postgraduate training and employment as a doctor. Applicants have an opportunity to share information in relation to their health, welfare, performance and skills and professionalism. The information provided on the form is confirmed, or in some cases expanded upon, by staff at the graduating medical school, and is used by the applicant’s allocated Foundation School to ensure that new trainees get the right educational and pastoral support during their two-year programme and to see if they require reasonable adjustments to complete the programme.

This form is obtained in advance of the start of the programme to allow Foundation Schools and employers time to identify suitable adjustments, if necessary, and prepare for the arrival of trainees by ensuring appropriate support mechanisms are in place. Once you know which foundation school you have been allocated to it is your responsibility to ensure that they receive your completed STEP form.

Who should complete the online STEP form?

A STEP form should be completed by all trainees.

Please find below STEP contacts for medical and foundation schools:

Medical Schools

Foundation Schools

Please note, the 2020 STEP process has now closed.

For applicants applying to UKFP 2021, further guidance will be issued in due course.