Foundation Recruitment

F2 Fixed Term Locum Appointment for Training (LAT) – 2 August 2017 to 31 July 2018

Applications are invited for F2 Fixed Term Locum Appointment for Training (LAT) in the Northern Ireland Foundation School commencing 2 August 2017.  Please note the closing date is Monday 20 March 12 noon.

Applications are via Oriel, the National Recruitment Portal. (vacancy can be found under the “Medical and Dental Specialties” Staff Group)

Foundation Programmes 2017-2019

There are 258 linked F1 and F2 foundation programmes in Northern Ireland.

Some Trusts are undergoing major reconfiguration of services and occasionally services are moved due to unforeseen circumstances. Posts in some programmes may change in location prior to August 2017.

There are five Health and Social Care Trusts or Local Education Providers (LEP) in Northern Ireland who contribute to the education and Training of foundation doctors.

Each Trust has a Director of Medical Education who is the doctor who is responsible to the Deanery for the quality control processes within each Trust with respect to all doctors in training posts which may be Foundation, General Practice or Specialty.

Academic Foundation Programmes 2017-2019

Applications are invited for nine Foundation Academic Programmes in the Northern Ireland Foundation School commencing August 2017.  Please see below for details of the programmes.

Please click here for sample job descriptions and further information.

Academic recruitment to the Northern Ireland Foundation School will commence with a generic national application form plus supplementary academic information required by the Northern Ireland Foundation School.

For full details, please go to the UKFPO website. This also contains a detailed 2017 recruitment timeline plus links to all the relevant documentation.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview on Friday 16 December 2016.  Please note the Northern Ireland Foundation School cannot facilitate telephone, teleconference or Skype interviews.  Shortlisted applicants are expected to attend interviews in person.

Candidates will not be shortlisted if there is no evidence of academic activity during undergraduate training or if their EPM score is 37 or below.

The interview process will be in two stages:

i) one hour objective structured critical appraisal of a research paper;

ii) face to face interview

If you apply for an Academic post and are unsuccessful (or do not accept an offer), you will automatically be entered into the main national recruitment round for general Foundation posts. If you are successful and accept an Academic post, you will not be entered into the general recruitment round.

All programmes will deliver training for post holders to achieve the clinical competencies required by the Curriculum for the Foundation Years in Postgraduate Education and Training and for full registration with the General Medical Council, as well as a range of academic skills and experiences.

All enquiries should be directed to

If you wish to register an appeal regarding the outcome of the Academic Foundation Programme recruitment process for 2017, you should follow the process below:

Timetable for Academic Foundation Recruitment

22 August 2016 Academic Foundation Programmes available to view on Oriel
26 September 2016 Academic and general applicants register and enrol on Oriel
3 – 14 October 2015 Complete national application form on Oriel and complete the NIFS Academic application section
16 December 2016 NIFS Academic Interviews take place
25 January  – 10 Feb 2017 Academic Foundation Programme offers made. All offers must be accepted or declined on Oriel by the stated deadline


View the NIFS Foundation Prospectus 2017


The Northern Ireland Foundation Applicant Range of Scores for 2016-2018 is now available below:

If you have any questions specifically relating to the Northern Ireland Foundation School,  please e-mail

Code of Practice - Provision of Information for Postgraduate Medical Training
Doctors in training require details about the programmes and posts they are applying for, where they will be working and their conditions of employment.  This Code of Practice lays out the agreed set of information that Deaneries and employing Trusts should provide to doctors in training at each stage of the recruitment process.