2-Year Foundation Programme

Guidance for Applicants

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

The Applicant Handbooks have been designed to answer all your questions about the national application process for the Foundation Programme, Academic Foundation Programme, Psychiatry Foundation Fellowship, and Foundation Priority Programme commencing in August 2020. The handbook also explains how to access the online application system (Oriel) and what information you need to provide to support your application.


Allocation offer timeline

Key Documents

UKFP 2020 Applicants'  Handbook

UKFP FPP Handbook

UKFP PFF Handbook

UKFP 2020 Key Dates 

UKFP 2020 Snapshot

UKFP 2020 EPM Framework

UKFP 2020 Blood Bourne Virus Guidance

UKFP 2020 Applicants' Presentation 

UKFP Useful Tips for Applicants Presentation


The National Application window is 30th September 2019 - 11th October 2019 12:00 BST

Application Guidance by Programme

How to apply for Foundation Programme (FP) 
FP Application flowchart


How to apply for Academic Foundation Programmes (AFP)
AFP Flowchart


How to apply for Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP) 
FPP Flowchart
How to apply for Psychiatry Fellowship Programmes
Psych Flowchart


How to apply for ALL foundation posts available
All Posts



All applications must be submitted through Oriel (national online application system), Applicants can access Oriel here. Applicants are advised to start their applications early to allow sufficient time to complete the necessary sections of the application form and to gather evidence in support of their application.

The Oriel applicant portal is compatible with Internet Explorer 11, Safari 7+, Google Chrome 30+, Firefox 24+ and Edge. Applicants are advised to use one of these browsers when using the website and preferably the most up to date version of that browser. 

Please note that the system is not compatible with Internet Explorer 7 – 10. 

If at any point you find yourself getting stuck in a ‘loop’ or if there appears to be an error on the system, please try to access the site from a different web browser, for example, Google Chrome, or deleting your internet browser history in the first instance. For technical queries please contact the technical helpdesk via support@hicom.co.uk.

Still have Questions? Please see the  UKFP Application FAQs