If you see yourself as a researcher, a medical educator, an Academic Foundation Programme (AFP) may be for you.

Academic foundation doctors are required to follow the same curriculum and to meet the same foundation outcomes as other foundation doctors, but must also complete additional academic work within the same two-year period. Therefore, AFP applicants should have excellent clinical skills and a strong record of academic achievement.

The UKFPO has a helpful document on the additional competencies for the academic programme

We have a variety of different academic programmes running within the East of England. These cover research, education and education/simulation. These are based in both our schools. We would suggest that all medical students consider where they would like their future career to lead, and consider applying for an academic programme with us as well as the standard foundation application. A taste of research, or an early exposure to educational principles may help direct the course of your future career, even if not directly academic!

Application:

Please read carefully the UKFPO applicants handbook.

You will complete both the Academic foundation application and the standard foundation application forms. In the academic application you can apply for 2 schemes [academic units of application or AUoA]. These do not need to be part of the same foundation school that you rank for the general application

Our 3 academic units of application in the East of England are:

CATO - linking with DGH posts in F1 in either EAFS or EBH with the second year at Addenbrookes and a 4 month research block.

EoE Education - based at either EAFS or EBH dependent on your ranking, with an educational F2

NATO - based entirely within EAFS at NNUH

Note that 2 units of academic application therefore are spread across the East of England rather than specifically to one of our foundation schools. However, for ease of review, we have then highlighted this as foundation schools below.

The academic programme has additional questions on the ORIEL form, which are marked as part of a shortlisting process. Successfully shortlisted candidates are invited to interview by the respective academic team. We are not able to share with applicants the specific shortlisting criteria for any of the posts. Application forms will be reviewed by a clinical panel and a score awarded and may be added to your decile, or the decile used in a tie situation. Each of our three academic units of application have their own shortlisting criteria and this is not undertaken by the Foundation School. Applicants are not required to upload a curriculum vitae with their application.

The interviews are held in Norwich for NATO, cambridge  medical school site for CATO and Cambridge Fulbourn for the educational programmes, and all are in the latter half of November or early december.

 

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      Essex, Beds and Herts Foundation School (EBHFS)

 EBHFS are pleased to offer two programmes giving an educational academic placement, and one giving a research placement. The EoEE is the educational academic unit of application, and replaces the previous name of EBH now placements in East Anglia are included

 

Educational  AFP - East of England Educational academic AUoA [note this is the same academic unit of application for EBH and EAFS, placements are within the East of England]

Your F1 programme is like the normal scheme, though you may be asked to consider and draft some elements of the project and teaching plan. You will also be asked to attend the general welcome and also the poster presentation.

You will complete a PGCert in your F2 year, where you will work approx 60% clinically and 40% in education on your PGcert, completing a project and working predominantly with your local education team, the hub and sim delivery teams and potentially some university teaching if agreed by HEI partner and trust. Please see the handbook below of the appropriate activities. Your trust will provide you with an academic supervisor who will complete the correct form to confirm that you have covered the requirements. Projects are usually pilot studies or evaluations and are discussed in F1 to find suitable projects, supervisors and review outcomes. The majority of your time is within your trust, improving and evaluating within the foundation programme.

  • As part of a two year Foundation Programme, Anglia Ruskin University provide 8 Foundation doctors with placements at Basildon and Southend. At least 4 of these will be simulation based
  • The University of Hertfordshire provide 6 foundation doctors with placements in F2, at East and North Herts or Luton.

Specialties include geriatric medicine, trauma and orthopaedics, vascular surgery, respiratory medicine and general practice.

Please see the prospectus available for both below.

Research AFP - CATO [note that this research academic unit of application has posts that commence at EAFS or EBHFS, placements are within the East of England]

Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge 

Foundation doctors with the opportunity to undertake a four month academic research placement in F2 at Addenbrookes as part of a two year Foundation Programme. 

F1 is spent at E and N Herts, Bedford or at PAH, Harlow.

Please see the prospectus available below

 

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    East Anglia Foundation School (EAFS)

EAFS are pleased to offer one programme giving an educational academic placement, and two giving a research placement. 

 

 

Educational  AFP - East of England Educational academic AUoA [note this is the same academic unit of application for EBH and EAFS, placements are within the East of England]

Your F1 programme is like the normal scheme, though you may be asked to consider and draft some elements of the project and teaching plan. You will also be asked to attend the general welcome and also the poster presentation.

You will complete a PGCert in your F2 year, where you will work approx 60% clinically and 40% in education on your PGcert, completing a project and working predominantly with your local education team, the hub and sim delivery teams and potentially some university teaching if agreed by HEI partner and trust. Please see the handbook below of the appropriate activities. Your trust will provide you with an academic supervisor who will complete the correct form to confirm that you have covered the requirements. Projects are usually pilot studies or evaluations and are discussed in F1 to find suitable projects, supervisors and review outcomes. The majority of your time is within your trust, improving and evaluating within the foundation programme.

As part of a two year Foundation Programme, University of East Anglia provide 8 foundation doctors with placements at Ipswich and Kings Lynn.

Please see prospectus below.

Although the following jobs 19/EAN/01/AFP/RCX00/01/04 – 07 and 19/EAN/01/AFPed/RGQ00/01-04 are recruited via the EBH AUoA, successful candidates will train under the EAFS while in post.

 

Research Academic AFP -

CATO [cambridge] [note that this research academic unit of application has posts that commence at EAFS or EBHFS, placements are within the East of England] Academic unit of application

 NATO [norwich] Academic Unit of Application [based in EAFS only]

Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norwich provide 33 foundation doctors with the opportunity to undertake a four month academic research placement in F2 as part of a two year Foundation Programme. The F1 programme is as standard, though you may be asked to consider your research options and attend some study dates. All the NATO programme is based at NNUH hospital for F1 and F2, however, the CATO programme spends F1 at a number of DGH in EAFS including West Suffolk, Kings Lynn and Peterborough as well as EBH foundation school.

Specialties include medicine, surgery, neurosciences, perioperative medicine, general practice and public health. Please see prospectus below.

Please contact recruitment.eoe@hee.nhs.uk with any queries.

  • The interview structure at Cambridge consists of a single panel with both clinical and academic questions. For the Norwich AUoA there are three different stations: Clinical Scenarios, Teaching/Communications and Research. No presentation is required.

Life following an academic programme

We are keen in the East of England to promote your career in your academic programme field. We have an array of clinical fellow posts advertised, which are very succesful. Many Academic trainees moved to do a PhD , or Dip Ed and MEd. In our region we support clinical fellows in simulation and education to work less than full time clinically, and the rest in education. Our educational fellows help support the academic educational foundation doctors, so will be able to provide you with careers help, as well as project help and a wider faculty.

 

Moving your Interview

Please email the Recruitment Team  if you urgently need to move your interview date or time. It may be possible for you to exchange appointments with another candidate.

Recruitment Timeline

Timeline for East of England Foundation Programmes - Academic Recruitment August 2020 

View available Academic foundation programmes. AFPs in each AUoA are available to view on Oriel.

 19 August 2019

Registration period. All programmes are available to view.

 23 September 2019

 

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 11 October 2019.  Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.

 30 September -13 October 2019

Deadline for requests for pre-allocation to a particular UoA on the grounds of special circumstances.

11 October 2019

AFP local short-listing and interviews. Deadlines and processes for short-listing and interviews will vary by AUoA. Each AUoA will communicate with the applicants who apply to it.

From 14 October 2019

EAFS interview dates (Cambridge) 25, 26, 27, 28 November 2019
EBH interview date  19, 20  November 2019
EAFS interview date (Norwich) 2 January 2020
National SJT Dates  6 December 2019, 6 January 2020

AFP national offers date: all e-mails sent via Oriel.

 15 January 2020

National deadline for acceptance/reject offers  17 January 2020 by midday
First national cascade of offers  9 March 2020 – 09.00am
National deadline for acceptance/reject offers (cascade 1) TBC
Second national cascade of offers TBC
National deadline for acceptance/reject offers (cascade 2) TBC
Third national cascade of offers TBC
National deadline for acceptance/reject offers (cascade 3) TBC
Travel Reimbursement

Please contact recruitment on recruitment.eoe@hee.nhs.uk

Feedback
The panel may be able to offer interview feedback following confirmation of the outcome.

It's not possible to provide feedback on your application.

Reserve List

If you have been placed on the reserve list you will be notified via Oriel. Following initial offers for AFP places, AUoAs will offer any unfilled places to applicants on the reserve list through a cascade process. Oriel will be used to inform successful AFP applicants of any offers being made and all offers will have to be accepted or declined on Oriel before the stated deadline. Any AFP applicants who are not successfully placed will be automatically included in the FP process and allocated to a UoA. Further information and a link to the Handbook can be found here.

Skype Interviews

Neither of our Foundation Schools offer Skype interviews - even if your elective period coincides with the interview dates. Therefore you must attend in person. If you have a medical condition or caring responsibility which precludes you from attending any of the interview dates, you should contact the Recruitment Team directly for advice. 

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