UKFP 2021: Appeals FAQs

The UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) will consider appeals against outcome in relation to the following aspects of the national application process:

How do I make an appeal?

To make an appeal concerning one of the subjects listed below, you need to complete the ‘National Appeals Form’ at the bottom of this webpage, and email the form to appeals@foundationprogramme.nhs.uk

Please note that appeals are only accepted during the appeals windows, and appeals sent to the appeals inbox outside of these time frames will not be considered.

Further information concerning the processes and timelines for appeals, please see the ‘National Appeals Process’ document at the bottom of this webpage.

Eligibility Outcomes

Applicants who graduated overseas or from a UK medical school more than two years prior to the start of the programme to which they are applying are required to apply through the eligibility process.

Eligibility applications are considered by the UKFPO’s Eligibility Office in accordance with the eligibility criteria.

10% of all eligible applications are reviewed and quality assured by an independent eligibility checking panel.

Applicants who are considered ineligible at the end of this process may submit an appeal against the outcome of their application.

Educational Achievement (EA)

Medical students / graduates who have been nominated by their UK medical school and applicants who have been deemed eligible or eligible with conditions by the UKFPO’s Eligibility Office are invited to apply to the UK Foundation Programme. All applicants have the option to claim points for an additional degree and / or publication as part of this process.

All additional evidence of educational achievements is considered by independent verifying panels.

Applicants may appeal against the outcome of the verifying panel and all component parts of their verified EA score.

Special Circumstances

All applicants have the option to apply for pre-allocation to a particular Foundation School on the grounds of special circumstances (please refer to the guidance on the UKFPO website). Applicants for pre-allocation on the basis of special circumstances are reviewed by local panels that comprise of both medical school and foundation school representatives. The UKFPO’s Eligibility Office convene an appropriate panel to consider applications from Eligibility Office applicants.

Applicants may appeal the outcome of their application for pre-allocation.

Clinical Assessment

Applicants who qualified from medical school two years prior to the start of the programme must also undertake an assessment of their clinical skills in the UK prior to being granted full eligibility. The primary purpose of this assessment is to determine suitability to start the foundation programme. The assessments will be undertaken by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. Candidates will sit a set of 16-station Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) in approximately four hours.

Applicants may appeal the outcome of the Clinical Assessment.

The first stage of this appeals process does not apply to Clinical Assessment outcomes.


Please Note: Situational Judgement Test (SJT) scores are final and there is no opportunity for applicants to appeal the outcome of the Situational Judgement Test (SJT).

Please Note: Allocations to Foundation Schools are final. Applicants will not be able to appeal their allocation result. National swaps between Foundation Schools are not permitted.