Foundation Recruitment

Foundation Programmes 2018-2020

There are 243 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.

Foundation Programme Placements 2018-2020

Information on the Foundation Programme Placements for 2018-2020 is available below:

Academic Foundation Programmes 2018-2020

Applications are invited for nine Foundation Academic Programmes in the Northern Ireland Foundation School commencing August 2018.  Please see below for details of the programmes.

Successful applicants can complete a Certificate/Diploma in Academic Medicine through Queen’s University Belfast, details of which are available below:

How does the Application Process work?

The eligibility criteria for the Foundation Programme and the Academic Foundation Programme (AF2) are the same. All final year UK medical students are therefore eligible to apply but must show the potential to fulfil a demanding academic role while still achieving clinical competencies.

The person specification for recruitment to the national Foundation Programme is used as an absolute minimum. It is important that candidates consider their interests and research the possibilities available before making application.  Academic Foundation posts and eligibility will be advertised on the UK Foundation Programme Office website (

Selection criteria for the research posts:

  1. Applications will be reviewed by a joint panel from QUB and NIMDTA
  2. The selection criteria to be applied for shortlisting will be: i) Evidence of academic activity during their undergraduate training. ii) Medical School Decile score of 37 or greater (excluding any additional points which may contribute to Educational Performance Measurement)
  3. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview and are expected to attend in person,  (please note NIMDTA cannot facilitate telephone, teleconference or skype interview)
  4. Candidates should review the list of disciplines available (AF2 Disciplines 2019-20) and provide their top 3 positions in rank order when they attend for interview
  5. Doctors will be appointed, according to their interview score, to the disciplines available
  6. Doctors cannot undertake a research placement in a specialty which overlaps with F2 clinical placements i.e, if Oncology is part of four months clinical placement at F2 this should not be chosen as a research interest.

Application for these academic posts is made through Oriel via the national scheme,  UKFPO

Timetable for Academic Foundation Recruitment

21 August 2017 Academic Foundation Programmes available to view on Oriel
25 September 2017 Academic and general applicants register and enrol on Oriel
2- 13 October 2017 Complete national application form on Oriel and complete the NIFS Academic application section
15 December 2017 Northern Ireland Foundation School Interviews
24 January  – 14 Feb 2018 Academic Foundation Programme offers made. All offers must be accepted or declined on Oriel by the stated deadline


View the NIFS Foundation Prospectus 2017 – please note this is in the process of being updated for the 2017-2019 intake.

The Northern Ireland Foundation Applicant Range of Scores for 2017-2019 is 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.