Foundation Programme Review

The HEE Foundation Programme Review makes recommendations about improving the transition period into foundation training and highlights the importance of making the NHS an appropriate environment for individuals to learn and work – echoing a key theme in the Interim NHS People Plan.

Undertaken in collaboration with Royal Colleges, the Medical Schools Council (MSC), the General Medical Council (GMC), the British Medical Association (BMA) and trainees, it re-enforces the commitment to enhancing the experience of doctors in training and in turn their health and wellbeing.

The review report contains 16 recommendations, which are summarised on page 7. A follow up report was published in 2020.

FP Annual Reports (2010-2016)

The Annual Report summarises the data collected from Foundation Schools regarding recruitment to the Foundation Programme across the UK. The data considers the structures and outcomes of the Foundation Programme and provides data about trends and issues within the Foundation Programme. The Annual Report has been referenced and used to inform UK national policy development and inform workforce planning. This report was discontinued after 2016. See more current reports in the sections below.

2016 FP Annual Report

2015 FP Annual Report

2014 FP Annual Report

2013 FP Annual Report

2012 FP Annual Report

2011 FP Annual Report

2010 FP Annual Report

F2 Career Destination Reports (2010-2019)

The UK national F2 Career Destinations Report uses data collated from a UK-wide survey of outgoing F2 doctors. Foundation schools gather the data between May and September each year and this report helps to understand the career aspirations and career destinations if known. All foundation doctors who are due to complete their foundation training in August are expected to participate in the survey. This report was discontinued in 2020 due to COVID-19.

2019 Career Destinations Report

2018 Career Destinations Report

2017 Career Destinations Report

2016 Career Destinations Report

2015 Career Destinations Report

2014 Career Destinations Report

2013 Career Destinations Report

2012 Career Destinations Report

2011 Career Destinations Report

2010 Career Destinations Report

Recruitment Stats and Facts

To apply for the UK Foundation Programme, applicants must be nominated by a UK medical school or the UKFPO’s Eligibility Office. The UKFPO also lead a national process for recruitment to F2 Stand-alone programmes. The reports below provide annual data about these recruitment and allocation processes.

2020 FP Stats and Facts Report

2020 Stand-alone Stats and Facts Report

2019 Over-subscription and Reserve List Allocations

2019 FP Stats and Facts Report

2019 Stand-alone Stats and Facts Report

2018 Stand-alone Stats and Facts Report

2018 FP Stats and Facts Report

2017 FP Stats and Facts Report

2016 FP Stats and Facts Report

2015 FP Stats and Facts Report

2014 FP Stats and Facts Report

Recruitment Updates
UKFP 2022 Recruitment Notices (archived from home page)

IMPORTANT – National Allocation Release Time

The UKFPO can confirm that the national allocation information will be available for applicants on Thursday 10 March from 0600 GMT.  Applicants will be able to view their allocation to foundation school and their SJT score on their front screen/ dashboard on Oriel, when they log in.

This change in release time from previous years is a result of helpful feedback we received from previous applicants. We hope this will be more convenient for everyone.

We know you will be very anxious to see the outcome of your application, however please note that the volume of results being published will mean things may take time to appear on the site, so we ask you to be patient when you log on to Oriel.

We are expecting the website to have a high volume of traffic on Thursday morning, so if possible, please log into your Oriel account later than the advertised time to view your results. The time you log in will not in any way affect your allocation.

You will also be sent an email from Oriel with your allocation details, so please look out for that. We suggest you also check your junk inbox if you can’t immediately find it as the email may have inadvertently gone there.

Preferencing programme window opening delay

In order to manage the traffic to the website on the 10th March we will be delaying the opening of the preferencing programme window until the following day Friday 11 March 0900 GMT to allow everyone time to view their Foundation School allocation results.

SJT Sample Questions Review Outcome: UKFPO statement 3rd March 2022

In October 2021 three sample SJT questions were made available on the UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) website. On the 14th December 2021 they were duplicated in a second place on the website, which inadvertently made them more accessible during the SJT window. There was concern this had provided an advantage to candidates doing the test later in the window.

In order to address concerns, The UKFPO asked the Work Psychology Group (WPG) to review the SJT scores across all dates of the test windows, as were aware that some candidates may have sat the test on or after the 14th December but not seen the available resource. For further information, read the original post confirming this issue (A response to queries regarding ‘sample paper with rationale’: 11th January 2022).

WPG have now completed their review of the scores achieved during the December 2021 and January 2022 test windows and concluded that there was no evidence of applicant scores being impacted as a direct result of the duplication of these questions.

In future we plan to use a wider range of communication channels to make sure information is accessible and visible to our applicants. We appreciate the importance of the SJT to applicants and will make sure we provide applicants with the key resources they need to support their application.

UKFP 2023 Recruitment Notices (archived from home page)

14 September 2022

News and Updates

IMPORTANT: UKFP 2023 Application Window Extension

We join NHS colleagues in mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II. There will be a national bank holiday on Monday 19 September, during which time the UKFPO will be closed for the day.

The application window will therefore be extended so that it will now close on 21 September 2022 (12:00 midday BST) to allow the UKFPO, Medical Schools and Foundation School teams to support applicants with their application and queries.

UKFP 2023 National Application Window

The UKFP 2023 national application window for FP, FPP and SFP programmes opened on the 7 September 2022 at 9:00 BST and closes on the 21 September 2022 at 12:00 midday BST. For information on the UK Foundation programme and key timelines please visit: Foundation Programme (UKFP)

UKFP 2023 Pre-allocation Webinar

The UKFPO recently held a Pre-allocation webinar for FP2023. To view the webinar and for further information on FP2023 pre-allocation please visit: 2023 Pre-allocation Documents

UKFP 2023 Specialised Foundation Programme (SFP)

Top Tip: SFP White Space Queries has a 200 word limit. For information and key documents on the SFP 2023 please visit: Specialised Foundation Programme (SFP)

UKFP 2023 Eligibility Applicants

For information on the UK Foundation programme and key timelines please visit: Eligibility Applications for UK Foundation Programme (UKFP) 2023 entry – Timeline & Deadlin