Recruitment to Foundation Training


We are delighted that you are considering applying to work as a Foundation Doctor within the Northern Foundation School.


Foundation Recruitment


Entry at F1 level each August is via the annual national FP applications process overseen by the UK Foundation Programme Office. Applicants must apply through the Oriel recruitment system.

Key Dates for August 2024 Recruitment Cycle


  • Registration opens on Oriel between 12th September - 20th September 2023
  • Application window (including Pre-allocation) opens on Oriel from 20th September (09:00 BST) - 4th October (12:00 noon BST) 2023
  • National allocation to Foundation School is 7th March 2024
  • The FP Preferencing window opens on 7th March 2024 
  • Match to programme will be confirmed for all applicants on tbc

The list of Posts available for August 2024 can be found by clicking here 

Please find a Summary of the UK FP 2024 Information here

Please see the UKFP Competition Ratios for 2021/2022/2023 here  


Please note:  It is important to note that placements offered as part of each programme may be subject to change at any point, including the formal recruitment cycle. This can be for a variety of reasons including clinical reconfiguration of services or a change in training or supervision capacity of a particular department. We do try to minimise the number of changes which are made however as the indicative programmes are uploaded to Oriel almost a year in advance of the programme starting, this is sometimes unavoidable. We will inform candidates of any changes to their allocated programme as soon as we possibly can in line with the Code of Practice guidance from NHS Employers.


Linked Applications


The Northern Foundation School honours linked applications however once both applicants are allocated to the Foundation School then the link is broken. The link does not allocate you to a specific Local Education Provider or programme.

Approved special circumstances pre-allocate you to a Foundation School but not to a Local Education Providers or programme within the Foundation School so you should rank all of the programmes by the specified deadlines.

If you have any further queries, please email Foundation recruitment


Foundation Priority Programmes


The Northern Foundation School offer 49 Priority Programmes in total.  6 of these programmes offer the  Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education and are offered at the following Local Education Providers (LEP):

  • County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
  • Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
  • Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The remaining 43 priority programmes are all with North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust and all programmes include a £7,000 financial incentive in F1 and F2 as part of the Targeted Enhanced Recruitment Scheme (TERS).

F2 Stand alone Recruitment 


There will be national F2 stand alone recruitment ran by the UKFPO. These posts are available for applicants who hold or are eligible for full registration with the General Medical Council (GMC). Stand-alone programmes provide an opportunity for overseas graduates who qualify with full registration to enter the training system in the UK. Doctors who are already working as part of a recognised two-year foundation programme are not eligible to apply for F2 Stand-alone posts.  The details of specific programmes and posts available within each foundation school are not yet confirmed.  These will be available to applicants on Oriel during the programme preferencing window .  For further information please visit the UKFPO website.

Inter-Foundation School Transfers


If a F1 trainee's circumstances have changed and there are specific reasons as to why a current F1 trainee needs to transfer to a different programme for their F2 year, they may be eligible to apply for a transfer based on set criteria. Please refer to the Inter-Foundation School Transfer (IFST) guidance available on the UKFPO website. 



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