All applicants who have been nominated by their UK medical school are required to apply to the UK Foundation training Programme (FP). International applicants must first apply to the UKFPO for eligibility. Please see the guidance on the UKFPO website for more information on the eligibility process.
Registered applicants will then have the option to apply for Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP), up to two Academic Units of Application (AUoA) for Academic Foundation Programmes (AFP), and Psychiatry Foundation Fellowship Programmes (PFF). Applicants are eligible for a maximum of five applications in total (not inclusive of applications to stand-alone recruitment). Current UK trainees are not eligible to apply in national recruitment to stand-alone foundation training programmes.
Please refer to the national UKFPO published guidance on the UKFPO website for more detailed information.
There are 3 foundation schools within the London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex region;
The London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex Foundation Schools website contains detailed information about local programmes, policies and processes for the 3 schools.
You may access the website at the following address; https://london.hee.nhs.uk/medical-training/foundation
For recruitment to the Foundation Programme (FP), each of the three foundation schools detailed above is a separate Unit of Application (UoA). For recruitment to the Academic Foundation Programme (AFP), London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex is the single academic unit of application (AUoA) for the three foundation schools detailed above.
Oriel is the national online application system used to manage recruitment to training programmes. Oriel can be accessed at https://new.oriel.nhs.uk/Web.
For technical support please contact the helpdesk via email@example.com. Unfortunately, the London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex recruitment team cannot advise you on any technical issues except a locked oriel account.
1. London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex Foundation Programme 2020 Local Recruitment Timeline
|12-Oct-20||12:00 PM||Registration via oriel 2 open|
|19-Oct-20||9:00 AM||National Application Open|
|04-Nov-20||12:00 PM||National Application Close|
|12-Nov-20||Verified Educational Achievements (EA) and total Educational Performance Measure (EPM) scores viewable to applicants on Oriel.|
|18-Feb-21||12:00 PM||Deadline for applicants to amend preference choices. You will have the option to amend the order in which you ranked foundation schools until this deadline.|
|11-Mar-21||FP primary list allocation. Applicants informed of allocation to foundation school result. Applicants informed of allocation to reserve list.|
|11-Mar-21||12:00 PM||London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex Foundation schools Programme Preferencing Open. Applicants allocated to South Thames Foundation School must preference their preferred group in a separate window ahead of their preferred programme as detailed below.|
|11-Mar-21||12:00 PM||South Thames Foundation School Group Preferencing Open|
|17-Mar-21||12:00 PM||South Thames Foundation School Group Preferencing Close|
|19-Mar-21||London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex Foundation schools Programme Fair|
|22-Mar-21||South Thames Foundation School Group Allocation|
|30-Mar-21||12:00 PM||London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex Foundation schools Programme Preferencing Close.|
|08-Apr-21||All primary list applicants will be notified of their match to programme results.|
|From April 2021||Reserve list batch allocations|
|04-Aug-21||Commencement of the 2021 UK Foundation Programme|
2. London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex Foundation Programme - 2020 Programme Information
A provisional list of programmes will be available for applicants to view on Oriel from 12th October 2020. The programme information will also be available to download from this page as an Excel spreadsheet on Monday 23rd September 2020. A definitive list of 2020 programmes will be available both on Oriel and to download from this webpage in early February 2021.
It is important to note that the NHS is constantly changing and, even after being matched to an individual programme, there may be situations when placements within that programme may change because of service redesign, working time directive regulations or national directives (UK-wide). For this reason, all allocations are provisional and subject to change until confirmed by employing organisations.
3. Preferencing Programme Information & Matching Process
If you are allocated to one of the 3 London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex foundation schools, you will be invited to preference programmes within the school you have been allocated to.
For North Central and East London Foundation School and North West London Foundation School, applicants will be invited to rank the programmes in order of preference between 11 March 2021 - 30 March 2021.
As the South Thames Foundation school has a larger number of programmes, the programmes have been clustered into groups. In this instance, applicants will be matched to programmes in two stages: -
1) Matched to a group
Applicants are required to rank the South Thames Foundation School groups in order of preference between 11 March 2021 - 17 March 2021. Applicants will be matched to groups based on their rank and group preferences on 22 March 2021.
2) Matched to a programme
Once matched to groups, applicants will be invited to rank the programmes in that group in order of preference between 22 March 2021 - 30 March 2021.
Applicants will be notified via Oriel of their match to individual programmes on 8 April 2021
IMPORTANT: applicants are advised to save preference choices regularly on the Oriel system. Failure to save group / programme preferences by the deadline will result in a random allocation to a group / programme with the most vacancies. Late preferences cannot be submitted under any circumstances.
Groups within South Thames Foundation School
|Coast and Country||
Provides 2 years in trusts in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Many programmes include a year at Brighton and Sussex University Hospital.
Contains programmes in which both years are spent at one site or trust, or in two different but geographically close Trusts in London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex
|London Link 1||
All programmes include at least one year in London, mainly towards the west of the South Thames Foundation School area.
|London Link 2||
All programme includes at least one year in London, mainly towards the centre of the South Thames Foundation School area.
|London Link 3||
All programmes include at least one year in London, mainly towards the east of the South Thames Foundation School area
4. Decile & Quartile Score Ranges Within Each Foundation School
North Central and East London:
|1||91.101 - and above|
|2||90.914 - 89.861|
|3||89.860 - 88.924|
|4||88.902 - 87.944|
|5||87.924 - 87.167|
|6||87.166 - 86.439|
|7||86.392 - 85.671|
|8||85.662 - 85.050|
|9||85.018 - 84.455|
|10||84.446 and below|
North West London Foundation School:
|1||91.031 and above|
|2||90.944 - 89.356|
|3||89.323 - 88.509|
|4||88.446 - 87.754|
|5||87.753 - 87.175|
|6||87.167 - 86.365|
|7||86.348 - 85.893|
|8||85.828 - 85.338|
|9||85.323 - 84.806|
|10||84.762 and below|
South Thames Foundation School:
|1||88.104 and above|
|2||88.101 - 85.806|
|3||85.786 - 84.217|
|4||84.211 - 83.430|
|5||83.411 - 82.671|
|6||82.655 - 81.709|
|7||81.703 - 80.933|
|8||80.879 - 79.987|
|9||79.976 - 79.114|
|10||79.104 and below|
Quartile ranges are calculated for South Thames Foundation School only.
|South Thames - Coast and Country||South Thames - Continuity CT||South Thames - London Links 1||South Thames - London Links 2||South Thames - London Links 3|
|Quartile 1||82.736 and above||88.101 and above||84.902 and above||84.114 and above||84.217 and above|
|Quartile 2||82.689 to 79.315||88.094 to 85.275||84.861 to 83.199||84.104 to 82.745||84.167 to 82.588|
|Quartile 3||79.294 to 78.819||85.018 to 80.592||83.166 to 81.116||82.689 to 81.546||82.555 to 81.365|
|Quartile 4||78.806 and below||80.579 and below||81.051 and below||81.528 and below||81.356 and below|
5. Programme Fair
Due the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic a decision has been taken, for the wellbeing of all involved, to change the way in which we deliver the 2021 Programme Fair. Further Information will be made readily available to applicants via this webpage sin due course. We appreciate your understanding during this time.
6. Shadowing Arrangements
You will be required to undertake a mandatory induction and shadowing period for a minimum of 4 days at the Trust before 04 August 2021 (Please be aware that some Trusts organise longer periods of shadowing and you are advised to be available from 26 July 2021.
7. Linked Applications
If you have linked your application on the Oriel system and wish to retain this link at the group allocation stage (for STFS only), both applicants will need to rank the five groups in the same order of preference or the link will be broken.
WARNING: The score of the lower scoring applicant will be used to allocate both linked applicants to a group. It is only possible to break the link at this stage by both applicants ranking groups in a different order.
Linked applications are not taken into account at the programme allocation stage and your individual scores are used to allocate you to a programme.
If you both wish to be allocated to the same Trust, ranking programmes in your group in exactly the same order may increase the chances of this. However, we cannot guarantee that you will be allocated to the same Trust or programme as the applicant you are linked with, particularly if there is a significant difference in your scores.
8. Special Circumstances
A small number of F1 doctors have special circumstances approval from their graduating medical school in order to ensure allocation to a foundation school in an appropriate geographical location.
All applicants are now required to submit offline applications directly to the UKFPO team. Applications will be considered by a central panel and pre-allocations will be actioned on Oriel by UKFPO staff.
9. Supporting Trainees Entering Practice (STEP)
Full information on this process is available via UKFP 2021 Applicants' Handbook and the on the UKFPO website.
Recruitment to London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex Academic Foundation Programmes (AFP) is a locally managed recruitment process. The application period for Academic Foundation Programmes (AFP) comencing in August 2021 has now closed.
Due to COVID-19 and government recommendations relating to social distancing it was decided that there were to be no face-to-face interviews during the 2020 round of AFP recruitment. All interviews were facilitated remotely via an online platform. Please note that there may be the requirement for further changes to made to the recruitment process for upcoming recruitment rounds due to COVID-19 and government recommendations.
Infromation about the 2022 Academic Foundation Programmes (AFP) recruitment process will be publsihed to this page shortly. However If in the interim you have any queries, you may contact the recruitment team via the Applicant Support Portal.
Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP) have been developed to support specific areas of the UK that have historically found it difficult to attract and retain trainees through the foundation and specialty recruitment processes. The main aim is to maximise the opportunity for applicants who wish to be located in less popular areas and therefore improve supply for specialty training and beyond.
During 2019/20 and 2020/21, priority programmes, specifically designed to attract and retain trainees in remote, rural and coastal geographies, under-doctored geographies and shortage specialties, with psychiatry as an initial priority, will be introduced and evaluated. These programmes also often a range of incentives.
As part of this process, applicants will have the opportunity to rank individual priority programmes that have been determined by a specific location as part of the application form and prior to national allocation to FP. Successful applicants will be offered specific programmes prior to national allocation to foundation schools.
2021 Foundation Priority Programmes Recruitment Timeline
|19 October 2020||Application Open|
|04 November 2020||Application Close|
|17 February 2021||FPP Offers – Round 1. Applicants will have 48 hours to respond to offers via Oriel 2|
|24 February 2021||FPP Offers – Round 2. Applicants will have 48 hours to respond to offers via Oriel 2|
|03 March 2021||FPP Offers – Round 3. Applicants will have 48 hours to respond to offers via Oriel 2|
London and Kent, Surrey and Sussex Foundation Priority Programme Information
Programme data will be available for applicants to view on Oriel from Monday 10th August 2020. A spreadsheet summarising all the available programmes is also available to download from the bottom of this page.
Psychiatry fellowships are recruited to nationally in collaboration with the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Applicants have the option to apply to the Royal College from December 2020 – January 2021 and will be shortlisted against criteria determined by the College.
Applicants will be given a score to determine their overall ranking. Allocations will be made using a meritocratic system. All applicants will receive their match to programme results on Thursday 8th April 2021. Applicants who apply for PFF will have the option to opt out of the selection process for psychiatry once they have received their allocation to foundation school result. The deadline to opt out of the PFF recruitment process is 12:00 (noon) on Tuesday 16th March 2021.
Psychiatry Foundation Fellowship Programmes (PFF) 2020 Recruitment Timeline
|December 2020 – January 2021||Application form for Psychiatry Fellowships will be available via the Royal College website|
|Feb-21||Applications will be scored by the College|
|11-Mar-21||Applicants will be allocated to foundation schools. Applicants will be asked to rank groups and individual programmes available within the allocation foundation school on Oriel. Applicants only need to rank programmes of interest.|
|08-Apr-21||Allocations to PFF posts|
National recruitment to stand-alone foundation (F1 & F2) training programmes across the four nations is managed centrally by the UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO). Detailed information about how to apply is available via the UKFPO website.
Please note that current trainees are not eligible to apply for stand-alone foundation programmes.
If you have any queries regarding the stand-alone recruitment process, please contact the UKFPO directly via firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a 5-year programme (subject to the progression criteria below) which aims to provide continuity of geographic location (North East London).
Name of programme: Widening Access to Community-Based GP Training in North East London Pilot ProgrammeP
rogramme start date: Wednesday 4 August 2021
Employing organisation: Barking, Havering, Redbridge University Trust
Responsible Officer: Dr Gary Wares, Postgraduate Dean
Year 1: F2 equivalent community facing year
The training is undertaken within the Barking, Havering, Redbridge University Trust and includes Queen’s Hospital, Romford, Barking Hospital and King George’s hospital, Goodmayes. The North East London Foundation Trust provides the mental health services and St Francis’ Hospice provides the palliative care services for the patch.
This is a one-year fixed term placement.If you fail to meet the progression criteria below, no additional training time, extensions or remediation will be available.
Progression to the next stage of the programme is subject to:
• Continued satisfactory progression.
• Attainment of foundation competences by the end of the training year (completion of the CREST form is required).
• Meeting General Practice national selection benchmarking requirements.
o You will be required to submit an application to the General Practice national selection centre in February 2022in order to attend for assessment in March/April 2022
Years 2-4: General Practice specialty training
Year 5: SPIN (salaried innovative portfolio) programme in North East London
If you accept this programme, you confirm that you will participate in the programme evaluation.