If you see yourself as a researcher, a healthcare leader or 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 leadership. 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.
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 which will be added to your decile. 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.
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.
Educational and Leadership AFP
These will give you 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 delivery teams and potentially some university teaching. The F1 year is standard.
As part of a two year Foundation Programme, Anglia Ruskin University provide 8 foundation doctors with placements at Basildon and Southend.
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.
Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge also offer 9 foundation doctors with the opportunity to undertake a four month academic research placement in F2 as part of a two year Foundation Programme. These programmes are linked to the University of Cambridge but fall under the auspices of EBHFS and not EAFS (19/EAN/01/AFP/RWH01/01 – 06 and 19/EAN/01/AFP/RQW01/01-03)
Please see the prospectus available below
East Anglia Foundation School (EAFS)
EAFS are pleased to offer one programme giving an educational academic placement, and two giving a research placement.
These will give you 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 delivery teams and potentially some university teaching. The F1 year is standard
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
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.
Specialties include medicine, surgery, neurosciences, perioperative medicine, general practice and public health. Please see prospectus below.
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- 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.
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Timeline for East of England Foundation Programmes - Academic Recruitment August 2018
View available Academic foundation programmes. AFPs in each AUoA are available to view on Oriel.
20 August 2018
Registration period. All programmes are available to view.
24 September 2018
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 13 October 2017. Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.
01-12 October 2018
Deadline for requests for pre-allocation to a particular UoA on the grounds of special circumstances.
12 October 2018
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 15 October 2018
|EAFS interview dates (Cambridge)||26, 27, 28 November 2018|
|EBH interview date||27, 28 November 2018|
|EAFS interview date (Norwich)||13 December 2018|
|National SJT Dates||7 December 2018, 7 January 2019|
AFP national offers date: all e-mails sent via Oriel.
16 January 2019
|National deadline for acceptance/reject offers||18 January 2018 by midday|
|First national cascade of offers||23 January 2019 – 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|
It's not possible to provide feedback on your application.
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.
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.