FAQs – Applications for Foundation Training in the UK

Foundation Programme

How do I apply for the standard Foundation Programme (FP)?
  • Once you have been nominated and have registered on Oriel, or deemed eligible by the UKFPO’s Eligibility Office, you will need to search for the Foundation Programme (FP) vacancy.
  • You will only need to apply to this vacancy. If you are interested in academic training, undertaking a Psychiatry Fellowship or applying for the Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP), you will be able to search for these vacancies and apply to those separately.

Academic

I am interested in academic training, what should I apply for?
  • All applicants need to apply to the national Foundation Programme (FP) vacancy in the first instance.
  • You should then consider applying for Academic Foundation Programmes (AFP). There are 15 Academic Foundation Schools which offer AFP posts, which tend to focus around research, leadership and management or medical education. These programmes are all recruited to through competitive selection methodology and will require applicants to attend an interview. Applicants can apply to up to two of these vacancies and will be asked to rank programmes as part of the application form. Additional guidance around AFP is available on the UKFPO website.
  • There are also a number of Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP), which offer exposure to academia, some of which also provide the opportunity to undertake a postgraduate qualification. Applicants are ranked based on their total Foundation Programme (FP) application score (EPM + SJT). Applicants apply to the national FPP vacancy and will be asked to rank programmes as part of the application form. If you wish to be considered for the programmes with academic components, you should positively rank these programmes in order of preference. Additional guidance around FPP is available on the UKFPO website.
I want to study for a postgraduate qualification as part of my foundation training, what should I apply for?
  • All applicants need to apply to the national Foundation Programme (FP) vacancy in the first instance.
  • You should then visit local foundation school websites and to consider AFP and FPP programmes that offer postgraduate qualifications. You will find additional guidance on the UKFPO website about AFP and FPP programmes as well.
  • There are 15 Academic Foundation Schools which offer Academic Foundation Programmes (AFP). These programmes are all recruited to using competitive selection methodology and will require applicants to attend an interview. Applicants can apply to up to two of these vacancies and will be asked to rank programmes as part of the application form.
  • There are a number of Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP), which offer exposure to academia, some of which also provide the opportunity to undertake a postgraduate qualification. Applicants are ranked based on their total Foundation Programme (FP) application score (EPM + SJT). Applicants apply to the national FPP vacancy and will be asked to rank programmes as part of the application form. If you wish to be considered for the programmes with academic components, you should positively rank these programmes in order of preference.
I do not wish to be considered for an academic programme, what do I apply to?
  • All applicants need to apply to the national Foundation Programme (FP) vacancy in the first instance.
  • If you do not wish to be considered for an academic programme, you should not apply to any of the Academic Foundation Programme (AFP) vacancies.
  • If you apply to the national vacancy for Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP), you should consider the programmes carefully and leave any posts with academic components in the ‘not wanted’ column when preferencing programmes as part of the application form.
I have little research experience, but I am interested in academia, what can I apply for?
  • All applicants need to apply to the national Foundation Programme (FP) vacancy in the first instance.
  • You are advised to consider the local shortlisting criteria for Academic Foundation Programmes (AFP) as you may be eligible to apply for some foundation schools.
  • You can apply for Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP), some of which offer academic components. You should rank the programmes with academia included positively and in order of preference. You will not need to attend an interview to be considered for these posts.

Psychiatry

I am interested in psychiatry, what should I apply for?
  • All applicants need to apply to the national Foundation Programme (FP) vacancy in the first instance. Several of the standard FP posts will include rotations in psychiatry. You should bear this is mind when ranking programmes and preference posts which include psychiatry posts favorably.
  • There is the option to apply for a Psychiatry Fellowship. There will be a separate vacancy on Oriel. Appointment to these posts will be made following an interview process.
  • Some Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP) are focused around psychiatry. There will be the option to apply for FPP and you should rank those posts with psychiatry placement favorably as part of the application form.
I would like to be considered for a Psychiatry Fellowship with the Royal College, where do I apply for this?
  • All applicants need to apply to the national Foundation Programme (FP) vacancy in the first instance.
  • There is the option to apply for a Psychiatry Fellowship. There will be a separate vacancy on Oriel. Appointment to these posts will be made following an interview process.
I am interested in applying for Psychiatry Fellowships and Foundation Priority Programmes, how do I do this?
  • All applicants need to apply to the national Foundation Programme (FP) vacancy in the first instance. Several of the standard FP posts will include rotations in psychiatry. You should bear this is mind when ranking programmes and preference posts which include psychiatry posts favorably.
  • There will be a separate vacancy on Oriel to apply for a Psychiatry Fellowship. You will be asked to rank programmes in order or preference as part of the application process. Appointment to these posts will be made following an interview process.
  • There will be the option to apply for FPP through a separate vacancy. You will be asked to rank programmes in order or preference as part of the application process.
I do not wish to undertake a programme with a psychiatry rotation, what do I apply to?
  • All applicants need to apply to the national Foundation Programme (FP) vacancy in the first instance. Several of the standard FP posts will include rotations in psychiatry. You should bear this is mind when ranking programmes and consider where you preference posts which include psychiatry.
  • You do not need to apply for Psychiatry Fellowships and can ignore this vacancy entirely.
  • If you are considering applying for Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP), you should consider where you rank programmes that include psychiatry placements.
I do not wish to be considered for a Psychiatry Fellowship, how do I apply for FP, AFP and FPP?
  • You should not apply to the national Psychiatry Fellowship vacancy.
  • Once you have been nominated and have registered on Oriel, or deemed eligible by the UKFPO’s Eligibility Office, you will need to search for and apply to the Foundation Programme (FP) vacancy.
  • There are 15 Academic Foundation Schools which offer Academic Foundation Programmes (AFP). These programmes are all recruited to using competitive selection methodology and will require applicants to attend an interview. Applicants can apply to up to two of these vacancies and will be asked to rank programmes as part of the application form.
  • You should apply to the national vacancy for Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP). Applicants will be asked to rank programmes as part of the application form.

FPP

How do I apply for Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP)?
  • Once you have been nominated and have registered on Oriel, or deemed eligible by the UKFPO’s Eligibility Office, you will need to search for and apply to the Foundation Programme (FP) vacancy.
  • You should then search for and apply to the national vacancy for Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP). Applicants will be asked to rank programmes as part of the application form.
I only wish to be considered for Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP) in a particular region, how do I apply for these posts?
  • Once you have been nominated and have registered on Oriel, or deemed eligible by the UKFPO’s Eligibility Office, you will need to search for and apply to the Foundation Programme (FP) vacancy.
  • You should then search for and apply to the national vacancy for Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP). Applicants will be asked to rank programmes as part of the application form. You should rank only the programmes you wish to be considered for, i.e. those in a particular region. Programmes you would not accept should be listed in the ‘not wanted’ column.
I only wish to be considered for Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP) in a particular specialty, how do I apply for these posts?
  • Once you have been nominated and have registered on Oriel, or deemed eligible by the UKFPO’s Eligibility Office, you will need to search for and apply to the Foundation Programme (FP) vacancy.
  • You should then search for and apply to the national vacancy for Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP). Applicants will be asked to rank programmes as part of the application form. You should rank only the programmes you wish to be considered for, i.e. those in a particular specialty. Programmes you would not accept should be listed in the ‘not wanted’ column.
I only wish to be considered for Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP) that offer training experience overseas, how do I apply for these posts?
  • Once you have been nominated and have registered on Oriel, or deemed eligible by the UKFPO’s Eligibility Office, you will need to search for and apply to the Foundation Programme (FP) vacancy.
  • You should then search for and apply to the national vacancy for Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP). Applicants will be asked to rank programmes as part of the application form. You should rank only the programmes you wish to be considered for, i.e. those which offer international experience / training. Programmes you would not accept should be listed in the ‘not wanted’ column.
I do not wish to be considered for a Foundation Priority Programme (FPP), what should I do?
  • Once you have been nominated and have registered on Oriel, or deemed eligible by the UKFPO’s Eligibility Office, you will need to search for and apply to the Foundation Programme (FP) vacancy.
  • You should not apply to the national vacancy for Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP).

Less Than Full-Time (LTFT) Training

I only wish to be considered for Less Than Full-Time Training, what should I apply for?
  • Once you have been nominated and have registered on Oriel, or deemed eligible by the UKFPO’s Eligibility Office, you will need to search for and apply to the Foundation Programme (FP) vacancy. You will be able to indicate on your application form for FP if you wish to be considered for less than full-time (LTFT) training and will later be able to apply for LTFT training directly with your allocated foundation school.
  • You should then search for and apply to the national vacancy for Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP). Applicants will be asked to rank programmes as part of the application form. You should rank only the programmes you wish to be considered for, i.e. those which offer less than full-time models of working. Programmes you would not accept should be listed in the ‘not wanted’ column.
I do not wish to be considered for part-time work, where do I apply for full-time training programmes?
  • Once you have been nominated and have registered on Oriel, or deemed eligible by the UKFPO’s Eligibility Office, you will need to search for and apply to the Foundation Programme (FP) vacancy.
  • You also have the option to apply for Academic Foundation Programmes (AFP), Psychiatry Fellowships and Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP), although you might not want to positively preference FPP posts that are specifically designed around less than full-time working.