Foundation programme recruitment 2018


For 2018, the UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) will administer national recruitment processes to unfilled F1 and F2 posts.

The UKFPO has produced a recruitment video for the 2018 round, and its web page page also contains other useful resources.

Employers may wish to take note of the key interview dates below, as trainees will need to be released during these windows to attend interviews, and consultants may also need to be absent to participate in recruitment panels.



 Monday 29 January 2018

F1 and F2 stand-alone advert published on Oriel.

 Thursday 1 February 2018

Application window opens on Oriel for both F1 and F2 stand-alone.

 Wednesday 28 February 2018

Closing date for F1 and F2 stand-alone applications.

 By Wednesday 14 March 2018

Central longlisting process to be completed.

 Week of the 19 March 2018

Second phase of longlisting (desirable experience).

 29 March 2018

Applicants invited to interview and to book an interview slot online. 

 9 April 2018

Deadline for applicants to book interview slots online. 

 Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 April 2018


 Thursday 26 April 2018

Applicants informed of their interview outcome, score and rank. 

 Friday 25 May 2018

Applicants invited to preference individual programmes.

 Tuesday 29 May 2018

Closing date for programme prefrencing.

 Wednesday 30 May 2018

Initial round of offers.

 Friday 1st June 2018

Deadline for applicants to accept, accept with upgrades or decline their offer.

 Monday 4th June 2018

Second round of offers.

 Wednesday 6 June 2018

Deadline for applicants to accept, accept with upgrades or decline their offer.

 Wednesday 6 – Monday 11 June 2018

UKFPO to run manual matching process to remaining F1 vacancies (for F2 applicants who applied to both vacancies and were deemed unappointable at F2 level, but appointable at F1 level).

Tuesday 12 June 2018

Final matchings available to view by foundation schools on Oriel.

 Tuesday 1226 June 2018

Reference window.

 By Friday 15 June 2018

Confirmation of appointments sent to individual employing organisations.

 Tuesday 19 June 2018

Foundation schools to provide additional programme preferences for inclusion in the clearing round.

 Wednesday 20 June 2018

Applicants (who applied to the F2 vacancy only and were deemed unappointable at F2 level, but appointable at F1 level) invited to preference available programmes in the clearing round.

 Thursday 21 June 2018

Applicants must preference programmes by 12noon.

 Monday 25 June 2018

Clearing offers.

 Wednesday 27 June 2018

Deadline for applicants to accept or decline offer.

 By Monday 2 July 2018

Confirmation of clearing appointments and references sent to employers.

Deadline for applicants to demonstrate ILS, ALS or equivalent (F2 stand-alone only).

Deadline for applicants to provide evidence of achieving primary medical qualification recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC) (F1 stand-alone only). 

Wednesday 1 August 2018

2018 UK foundation programme commences.

Information for applicants 

  • The Applicant’s Handbook is written by the UK Foundation Programme Office to answer questions about the 2018 national application process for both F1 and F2 standalone programmes. For more information please see the UKFPO website.

Information for employers

  • F1 programmes can be included as part of a clearing round on Monday 25 June 2018. There will be no clearing round for F2 stand-alone. 
  • The UKFPO will initiate the process of collecting employment references as part of the pre-employment checks required under NHS employment check standards. 
  • HEE (foundation schools) are responsible for releasing applicant information and references to employing organisations via Oriel by Friday 15 June 2018. 
  • Any applicant appointed through this process to a F1 stand-alone programme will be expected to attend the induction/ shadowing week at their employing organisation to ensure that they are equipped with the local knowledge and skills needed from their first day as a F1 doctor. 
  • Any vacancies remaining after the primary offers process will be released to employing organisations to undertake their own local recruitment. 

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