Foundation Recruitment

Foundation Programmes 2022-2024

There are 235 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 2022. 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 Programmes 2022 – 2024

The Northern Ireland Foundation Applicant Range of Scores for 2021 – 2023

Timetable for  Foundation Programme Recruitment:

01 September 2021 FP Registration opens on Oriel
08 September – 22 September 2021 National application Period for FP 2022
10 March 2022 Applicants informed of allocation to Foundation School
07 April 2022 Match Programme Results Released

Applications are invited for nine Specialised Foundation  Programmes in the Northern Ireland Foundation School commencing August 2022.  Please see below for details of the programmes

F2 Specialised Programmes 2022 -2024

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

Certificate/Diploma in Academic Medicine

How does the Application Process work?

The eligibility criteria for the Foundation Programme and the Specialised 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.  Specialised 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:
    1. i) Evidence of academic activity during their undergraduate training.
    2. ii) Medical School Decile score of 37 or greater (excluding any additional points which may contribute to Educational Performance Measurement) Specialised Foundation Programme Shortlisting Criteria 2022
    3. iii) Please note, White Space Questions will not be used as part of the selection process
  3. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview which will be conducted virtually
  4. Candidates should review the list of disciplines available (SF2 Disciplines 2023-2024) and provide their top 3 positions in rank order when they attend for interview (Further information regarding the disciplines can be found here)
  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 specialised posts is made through Oriel via the national scheme, UKFPO – Specialised Foundation Programme FAQs – UK Foundation Programme

Interview Format:

Due to the current pandemic, interviews will be conducted via Zoom. The interview will be a 20 minute station with a mix of Clinical and Academic questions. There will be no scenarios for you to read before you begin your interview.

Candidate Feedback

Candidates may request feedback on Longlisting, Shortlisting and the Interview by submitting this form:

Feedback Template

Written feedback, other than the information identified below, is not provided.  Verbal feedback is also not provided.

The following information will be made available:

  • Longlisting/Shortlisting  – Comments regarding Essential/ Desirable Criteria
  • Your score per station at Interview
  • Your total interview score
  • Maximum Interview score available
  • Your appointability and the minimum score required for appointability

Completed Feedback Templates should be forwarded to

Requests for scoresheets / interview notes will be dealt with under the Subject Access Provisions of the Data Protection Act.  For details of how to make a request, please visit our Data Protection and Freedom of Information Page.

Information in relation to the appeals process will be confirmed as soon as possible.

Timetable for Academic Foundation Recruitment:

01 September 2021 Academic and general applicants register and enrol on Oriel
08 September – 22 September 2021 Complete national application form on Oriel and Select the NI SUoA also
20 and 21 December 2021 Northern Ireland Foundation School Interviews
From 12 January 2022 Academic Foundation Programme offers made. All offers must be accepted or declined on Oriel by the stated deadline
Foundation Priority Programmes 2022-2024

Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP) have been developed to support specific training areas of the UK. Northern Ireland will be offering 8 FPP posts from August 2022. Candidates can apply for a 2 year foundation programme within a single Trust area. Please note that GP placements are subject to availability of posts provide by the GP department and can be based anywhere within the 5 Northern Ireland GP Sectors which correspond with the equivalent Trust areas.  

Please see below for details of the programmes:

Foundation Priority Programmes 2022-2024

Please note, a separate application is required for any Foundation Priority placements in addition to the application for the Foundation Programme.

Timetable for Foundation Priority Programme Recruitment:

01 September 2021 FFP registration opens on Oriel
08 September – 22 September 2021 Complete National Application Form on Oriel and select FPP Option also
From 23 February 2022 FFP Offers released

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.

Code of Practice – Provision of Information for Postgraduate Medical Training

F2 Standalone

The eligibility criteria for F2 Stand-alone posts changed for 2020. Trainees who have initially been allocated to two-year foundation training posts are encouraged to continue in their existing post for the duration of the programme. In the past when F1 trainees have been able to apply in open competition for F2 Stand-alone posts, programmes have been disrupted and trainees have not been guaranteed to rotate through a range of placements in line with the curriculum.

The recruitment process to F2 Stand-alone posts is designed to provide a route of entry to training in the UK for doctors who graduate overseas with full registration, and would otherwise be ineligible to apply for the two-year Foundation Programme at F1 level.

In light of the change in person specification criteria, the Inter-Foundation School Transfer (IFST) process has been liberalised to include additional criterion. F1 trainees who have had a change in personal circumstances since their initial allocation have the option to apply for an IFST.

Please contact UKFPO team via or via the website for further information.

Further Applicant Information

For further information please refer to the UKFPO website.

UKFP 2021 Applicants Handbook 

Right to work in the UK

Information for applicants from the EU

You will be aware that the UK is no longer part of the European Union.  This means staff from the EU, EEA and Switzerland will now require a visa to work and study in the UK.  The HSC continues to welcome and value staff and trainees from Europe as it does the whole world. The link below explains the documents you will now require to demonstrate your right to work and study in the UK.

Understanding your right to work in the UK: EU, EEA and Swiss citizens (accessible version) – GOV.UK (

EU citizens resident in the UK by 31 December 2020, need to regularise their status to continue living and working in the UK beyond 30 June 2021 and should have applied to the EU Settlement Scheme. The deadline for applications to the EU Settlement Scheme was 30 June 2021. The Home Office will continue to accept applications where there are reasonable grounds for missing that deadline.

Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (settled and pre-settled status): Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme – GOV.UK (

The UK has introduced a new points based immigration system that applies to anyone who wants to come to live, study or work in the UK. If you are new to the UK and wish to take up employment or study you will need to have the correct visa.  The link below gives more information on the routes available you.

Applying for a visa to come to the UK – GOV.UK (

For further information about applying for a CoS/Visa, please refer to  Immigration – Northern Ireland Medical & Dental Training Agency (

Delay Policy

Trainees can usually only delay their start date for Statutory reasons such Parental leave or Sick leave in line with GMC Guidance.

During these exceptional times, NIMDTA has introduced a Delayed Start Policy for August 2021 which details a select few non-statutory reasons for a delayed start. These are failure to obtain GMC Registration due to the cancellation of the PLAB examinations, Immigration Restrictions or Travel Restrictions.

Delay Policy – Covid 19 Related Requests

As per the policy, requests for delay will only be considered if they have been submitted using the “Application to Delay of Commencement of Foundation, Hospital or GP Specialty Training as a result of Covid19” form (Appendix A). Completed applications should be emailed to the relevant team via the below email addresses: Foundation:

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