Foundation Programme (FP)

1. UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO)

 

www.foundationprogramme.nhs.uk

The application process to the foundation programme is managed centrally by the UKFPO. Further information can be found on the UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) website.

The 2020 Applicant's Handbook is available via the resource bank on the UKFPO website.

 

2. 2020 Foundation Programme Local Recruitment Timeline

 

Activity Date
Registration Opens & FP Programmes available on Oriel and LPMDE website Monday 23rd September 2019
National Application Open Monday 30th September 2019
National Application Close Friday 11th October 2019
National educational achievements (EA) verification Tuesday 15th October 2019
Verified EA and total EPM scores available to view by applicants on Oriel Monday 21st October 2019
Deadline for applicants to amend the order in which they ranked foundation schools on Oriel Thursday 13th February 2020
Applicants informed of allocation to Foundation School & SJT scores viewable to applicants on Oriel Thursday 12th March 2020
Applicants informed of allocation to reserve list Thursday 12th March 2020
STFS Group Preferencing Open (12pm) Thursday 12th March 2020
STFS Group Preferencing Close (12pm) Wednesday 18th March 2020
Foundation Schools Programme Fair (North & South) Friday 20th March 2020
STFS Group Allocation Release via Oriel Monday 23rd March 2020
Programme Preferencing Open (South Thames & North London Foundation Schools) Monday 23rd March 2020
Programme Preferencing Close (South Thames & North London Foundation Schools) Tuesday 31st March 2020
Applicants informed of allocation to Programme via Oriel Thursday 9th April 2020
Reserve list batch allocations April – May

 

 

3. 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 Monday 23rd September 2019. The programme information will also be available to download from this page as an Excel spreadsheet on Monday 23rd September 2019. A definitive list of 2020 programmes will be available both on Oriel and to download from this webpage in early February 2020.

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.

 

4. 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 Monday 23rd March 2020 - Tuesday 31st March 2020.

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 Thursday 12th March 2020 - Wednesday 18th March 2020. Applicants will be matched to groups based on their rank and group preferences on Monday 23rd March 2020. .

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 Monday 23rd March 2020 - Tuesday 31st March 2020.

Applicants will be notified via Oriel of their match to individual programmes on Thursday 9th April 2020.

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

 

Group Name Group Description
Coast and Country Provides 2 years in trusts in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Many programmes include a year at Brighton and Sussex University Hospital.
Continuity 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

 

5. Decile & Quartile Score Ranges Within Each Foundation School

 

Decile score ranges for those who have been successfully allocated to each of the 3 foundation schools have been published. These can be downloaded.  Quartile scores for those allocated to specific programme groups in STFS will appear here by 4pm on Monday 23rd March 2020.

 

6. Programme Fair

 

Updated: 12 March 2020

Due the current and ongoing situation with the Coronavirus/COVID-19 a decision has been taken, for the wellbeing of all involved, to cancel the 2020 Programme Fair.

We wish to extend our gratitude to all those who invested time in preparing for the event and wish to apologise to anyone who has already made any transport and accommodation plans.

We appreciate your understanding during this unsettling time and if you wish to discuss any of this further please contact us via PSP or by calling: 020 7866 3216

We will continue to update this page with additional information that incoming trainees will find useful.

7. Shadowing Arrangements

 

You will be required to undertake a mandatory induction and shadowing period for a minimum of 4 days at the Trust before 05 August 2020 (Please be aware that some Trusts organise longer periods of shadowing and you are advised to be available from Monday 27 July 2020).

 

8. 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.

 

9. 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.

The process has changed for the 2020 application process. All applicants are now required to submit offline applications directly to the UKFPO team in Birmingham. Applications will be considered by a central panel and pre-allocations will be actioned on Oriel by UKFPO staff.

 

10. Supporting Trainees Entering Practice (STEP)

 

Full information on this process is available via UKFP 2020 Applicants' Handbook and the on the UKFPO website.