Recruitment Timeline

Recruitment Timeline 2021-22

1 September 2021

Register on Oriel. You will be sent an email containing a link to a URL.
You must then follow the instructions to change password and then register on Oriel. You will only be able to register if you have been nominated by your medical school/UKFPO.

8 September 2021

Complete the online application form for both the Foundation Programme and if required the Academic Foundation Programme. The application period closes at 12.00 noon (BST) on 22 September 2021. Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.

6-18 December 2021

17-22 January 2022

National Situational Judgement Test dates will take place during two specific test windows with additional dates set aside for contingency (UKFPO will discuss with relevant applicants if required).

1 September 2021 Final programmes available to view on Oriel.


FP primary list allocation. Your SJT and overall application score will be on your Oriel account. If you are allocated to a foundation school as part of the initial allocation process, i.e. to the primary list, you will also be able to see which UoA you have been allocated to. Allocated UoA will provide details via email on how to rank their programmes together with the timeline.


FP primary list applicants need to select their programme preferences on Oriel.
Deadlines and processes for matching your specific foundation programmes will vary by UoA. Check your allocated UoA’s website for further information.


FP primary list applicants notified of programme matches. You will need to log into your Oriel account to see which foundation programme you have been matched to by your allocated UoA.


FP reserve list batch allocations. The highest scoring applicants on the FP reserve list will be allocated to any vacancies that have arisen since the last allocation.

Jun 2022

You must have provisional GMC registration with a licence to practise before your employer will issue a contract of employment. Registering with the GMC is a different process from applying to the Foundation Programme. You must apply to the GMC directly. The GMC recommends you apply in May 2016 to ensure you are registered before the start of your FP shadowing period.

Jul 2022

Contracts of employment issued by your employing Trust who will also confirm your salary, pay banding, location and starting rota.

Jul/Aug 2022

Foundation Programme starts. Newly appointed F1 doctors are required to attend a period of shadowing the F1 doctor they are taking over from before the start of the Foundation Programme. Your employer will contact you with the details of local arrangements and your required start date which is likely to be late July 2022.


Due to a large number of NHS Trust service reconfigurations, all posts may be subject to change (sometimes at short notice) in relation to placement order, specialty, length and site. All F1 and F2 posts are subject to change at any time during your Foundation Programme.


Pre-Allocation under Special Circumstances

If you have a caring responsibility or a medical condition, or any of the reasons in the UKFPO guidance for pre-allocation, which restricts you to a particular location, you may be eligible to apply for pre-allocation to a specific Foundation School.

Please refer to the Applicants' Handbook for further information and the specific preallocation handbook here.
The UKFPO will advise applicants of the outcome of their applications and inform the foundation schools to which applicants have been pre-allocated to. UK medical schools will also be advised of the outcomes of applications of their students.

we are really supportive of our pre-allocated trainees [all trainees!] and suggest when you have preallocated to us you rank your top 40 rotations. If there is a very specific reason for you to need a particular city/acute hospital, or you will need significant adaptions to support your health, then please contact the recruitment team and the deputy foundation school director of either EAFS or EBH to discuss further.

definitely consider applying for our bespoke LTFT programmes as well that are in the priority programmes.

Linked Applications

Linked applications offer placements within the catchment area of the Foundation School but we can't guarantee that you and your partner will be placed in the same hospital or city.

The likelihood of being in the same hospital is increased if you rank hospitals in bands, and rank the same hospitals - ie hospital A first 30+ posts, hospital B next 30+ etc rather than jumping back and forth between hospitals. we also recommend you pick hospitals that are geographically close. The preferencing programme will then allocate you according to your ranking. Widely disparate scores mean that it is likely that the highest score will receive a top 10 post, and the lowest score will not. Therefore really consider your geography and how important is it to you to be close.

Linked applications will only be honoured if:

  • All the information required is provided on both your forms
  • Neither you nor the other individual has been pre-allocated on the grounds of special circumstances
  • You both score highly enough to be on the primary list
  • You have ranked the UoAs in the same order of preference
  • Neither you nor the individual has accepted an AFP offer
  • There are two places available in a UoA when it is your turn to be allocated based on the lower of both scores.

There is no option to un-link an application under any circumstances once it has been linked to another applicant.

For further information on linked applications please refer to the Applicants' Handbook.on the ukfpo website

FROM application to 2022, we plan the following adjustment for EAFS and EBHFS

Linked applications will guarantee same school but not same Trust . Both applicants will need to rank the groups in exactly the same order of preference and in trust groupings [ie all of one trust then all the next] for the best chance of obtaining the same trust. 

If the same trust is an absolute requirement, contact our recruitment team with your rationale and request to be at the same trust on receiving our school as your allocation, and prior to ranking programmes cut off date, Be aware that  this may mean both parties are placed to a low  or unranked trust without further discussion as your request would be mandating prioritising same trust over all other considerations, and we wont take an appeal or alter placements following this [so only do it if it really is *that* important to you]

EPM scores explained

As part of your application to individual Academic Units of Application (UoA) it is likely that you will be asked to provide more information about additional educational achievements. The AUoA may also refer to your EPM decile score when considering your application. 
Applications will have a maximum score of 100 points and this will consist of two components:
1. Educational Performance Measure (EPM) - 50 points maximum
2. SJT (selection assessment for FP 2014) - 50 points maximum
The EPM comprises two elements: medical school performance and educational achievements. A maximum of 50 points is available.
Your medical school performance score will be calculated by your medical school, which will divide your year group into 10 equal groups (deciles) based on performance in a number of assessments. Each UK medical school has agreed with its students which assessments will be included in this measure. This element of the EPM is known as the EPM decile score. 
If you are in the first decile (the top 10% of your year), you will receive a score of 43; if you are in the second decile your score will be 42; the third decile 41 and so on. Students in the tenth decile will be awarded 34 points.
If you are graduating from a UK medical school, these scores will be supplied by your medical school and uploaded into the system.
Each Academic Unit of Application will undertake its own short-listing and will invite short-listed applicants to attend an interview. 
Following interviews, each AUoA will allocate a score for each interviewed applicant. This AUoA specific score will be added to your EPM score to provide your overall ranking score for your AFP application. The highest scoring AFP applicants (AUoA score + EPM score) will receive offers.
Although your SJT score will not be used to calculate your AFP ranking score for the purposes of AFP offers, all AFP offers are subject to a satisfactory SJT score. This means that you are not withdrawn from the national process due to an exceptionally low SJT score.
More detail can be found in the Applicants’ Handbook


Information for applicants from the EU

You will be aware that the UK has left  the European Union.  This means freedom of movement will be affected.  However, the NHS will continue to welcome and value staff and trainees from Europe as it does the whole world.    If you have lived in the UK for less than five years you will be eligible for ‘pre-settled status’ and can upgrade this to ‘settled status’ when you have been here for five years.  More information on the settlement scheme can be found here

In the event that an agreement is not reached, there will be a transition period once free movement ends and before the UK’s new immigration system begins in 2021. During this transition period, newly arriving EU citizens will still be able to enter the UK as they do now for an initial stay of up to three months and will be able to visit, work or study without applying for a visa, but they will not be eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.  If you want to stay in the UK for longer than three months, you can apply from within the UK for ‘European Temporary Leave to Remain’, which will be granted for a further 36 months, subject to identity, criminality and security checks.

More information will be available soon on the process to register and how the UK’s Future Immigration System will work. To keep up to date, please regularly visit here

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