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Academic Foundation Programmes

Recruitment to two year Academic Foundation Programmes beginning August 2018

National recruitment starts in October 2017 for two year Academic Foundation Programmes that begin in August 2018. In the Wessex Foundation School there are 13 programmes available. The recruitment process is managed nationally by the UKFPO and uses the online recruitment system Oriel. 

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It is important that all applicants to 2018 academic programmes read the information provided in the
UKFPO FP/AFP 2018 applicant handbook which is available to download from the UKFPO website.


AFPs available in Wessex

There are 13 academic foundation programmes in research available in Wessex. The majority of research opportunities are independent from the clinical rotations. This permits the applicant to select the most suitable combination of research area and clinical rotation. The purpose of this is to match the research opportunities to the most suitable candidates rather than placing them in fixed programme choices.

The successful candidates will be allocated rotations and academic research projects in accordance with their preference and score. Some academic units will have more than one programme available. A maximum of 12 appointments can be made to programmes based at Southampton and one appointment can be made to the Functional Electrical Stimulation research in Salisbury.

Academic foundation trainees are allocated to one Trust for the entire two year programme. Please refer to the
AFP job description page to view a list of available programmes, the job description for each academic research post and the linked F1 and F2 rotations.


Interview process

  • Shortlisted applicants will be able to choose from one of two dates for 2018 academic foundation programme interviews - Monday 11 December 2017 and Wednesday 3 January 2018. Further information about our local interview process can be found on our AFP interview process page.

How to Apply

  • Applicants should refer to the full application timeline for the national FP and AFP recruitment process in the applicant handbook, available on the UKFPO website (see link at the top of this page).

There are two stages to the application process:Image of a clock and a computer screen

  • Register and enrol on Oriel - from 25 September 2017
    Academic foundation programmes available in each AUoA will be available to view on Oriel from the 21 August 2017.
    The Oriel portal will be accessible via the UKFPO website
    Eligible applicants must first register on Oriel and confirm they are a nominated applicant before they can begin the application process. 

  • Completion of application form 2 to 13 October 2017
    Applicants will need to complete the national online application form on Oriel and then complete additional information for each academic unit of application (AUoA) that they wish to apply to. Applicants to Wessex are not required to attach a CV.
  • Applicants can apply to a maximum of two AUoAs. The application period closes at 12:00 noon (BST) on 13 October 2017
    Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances. 


University Hospital Southampton Academic Programmes

At Southampton the academic posts are unbundled from the clinical rotations. At application you will be asked to rank the clinical rotation in order of preference. If you are successfully shortlisted and invited to interview you will rank your academic programme preferences. 
Successful candidates will then be matched to their highest ranking available rotation and academic placement based on their performance. 

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

The academic programme at Salisbury is linked to a fixed two year programme of 6 x 4 month placements which can be viewed on our AFP job description page.


Situational Judgement Tests (SJT)

All applicants will also be required to attend an SJT test on one of the following dates: 1 December 2017 or 8 January 2018.
Applicants will be notified by their UK medical school or the UKFPO Eligibility Office with details of the SJT date for which they are registered for.


The UKFPO will undertake national eligibility checking on behalf of AUoAs for those applicants who are not currently in a UK medical school or who qualified more than two years prior to the start of their Foundation Programme.
Applications will be restricted to those applicants who meet the criteria as laid out in the person specification.

If you have any queries about the application process please email:  

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