Academic Foundation Programme

Academic Foundation Programme

The Northern Foundation School currently has 21 2-Year Integrated Academic Foundation Programmes (AFP):

  • 12 based at The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • 3 based at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 
  • 3 based at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • 2 based at North Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 
  • 1 based at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Details of all programmes can be found on Oriel and by clicking here.

The AFP Lead for the Northern Foundation School is Dr Andy Gennery who can be contacted via email or by telephone (via the Clinical Academic Office) on 0191 2228851.

 

Key Dates for 2018 Academic Foundation Recruitment
- Academic vacancies are available to view on the Oriel recruitment system on 21st August 2017.
- Registration opens on Oriel on 25th September 2017.
- Applications open on Oriel from 2nd October 2017 and close at 12 noon (BST) on 13th October 2017
- Candidates will be notified week commencing 30th October whether they have been shortlisted.
- Interview dates are Tuesday 21st November and Wednesday 22nd November at St James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
- Offers will be made on 17th January 2018 via the Oriel recruitment system. Candidates must accept or decline the offer on Oriel within 48 hours.
- From 24th January 2018 cascading of any remaining AFP posts offered.

 

Further information on our local shortlisting and interview process

Applications for an academic foundation post at the Northern Foundation School will be assessed against the national person specification and the six white space questions that will be on the application form on Oriel. 

Candidates will be notified week commencing 30th October whether they have been shortlisted. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview which will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday 21st and 22nd November at St James' Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne. Full details of the interview process and timings will be communicated to shortlisted applicants when they are invited to interview. 

Telephone/video interviews may be arranged however it is strongly recommended that shortlisted applicants attend the interview in person. There are no alternative interview dates.

 

WHY APPLY FOR THE NORTHERN AFP?

The programme is run jointly by Newcastle University and the Northern Foundation School and is a fully integrated two year research-based Academic Foundation Programme. Trainees on the AFP have one protected four month academic rotation in F1 and the same in F2. Whilst working as an AFP doctor, trainees are employed for the full two years by the same Trust.

Academic programmes are trainee-centred. With guidance from the AFP Programme Director, trainees are encouraged to seek a supervisor to join or develop a project in the subject area of their interest. Projects can be predominately in clinical based research with patient contact, more translational-based research using patient samples and investigating them in a laboratory environment or basic science research based predominately in a laboratory. Clinical exposure and experiences are encouraged during the academic period.

Trainees are mentored by a Clinical Academic who acts as the Academic Supervisor throughout the two year programme.

As an honorary member of University staff during the programme, trainees have the opportunity to attend postgraduate lectures from any of the taught courses within the Faculty of Medical Sciences.

Most trainees are able to produce at least one abstract from their academic period to present at a national or international meeting. Many have co-authored manuscripts which have been published, and many are successful in obtaining an Academic Clinical Fellow post, within the region or nationally, on completion of the AFP programme.

Informal enquiries to the AFP Director are encouraged before applying for a post, and help and advice can be given in finding and contacting a supervisor in the desired area of interest. Informal visits can be arranged and are encouraged.

Examples of recent publications by our AFP trainees:

Please visit the UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) website to find out how to apply and to access all national documentation relating to AFP. We would especially recommend that you read the UKFPO FP/AFP Applicant Guide.

Options after Academic Foundation Training

Our Academic Clinical Fellowships (ACFs) provide an exciting opportunity for individuals interested in an academic career to combine clinical and academic training. Further information can be found here. 

Academic Clinical Lectureship (ACL) are availble to trainees that are currently engaged in specialist training and have a PhD or equivalent and further information can be found here.

Further Information

Our AFP Lead is Dr Andy Gennery who can be emailed here

or you can contact the Foundation School Co-ordinator, Kerry Ferguson,  here if you have any queries about our academic foundation programme.