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:

F1/F2 Standalone Recruitment 2018

If you hold or expect to hold full registration with the GMC by the start of the programme (1st August 2018), you will be eligible to apply for F1 and F2 stand-alone programmes, providing you meet the essential criteria of the person specification(s). Please review the person specifications and applicant guidelines before registering and applying.

The application window will open on 1st February 2018 and will close on 28th February 2018.

Applications can be made through Oriel:

Further information is available at

Academic Foundation Programmes 2018-2020

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

The Northern Ireland Foundation Applicant Range of Scores for 2018-2020 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.

AFP Appeals Process 2018
AFP Appeals Process 2018
AFP Appeals Process 2018.pdf

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