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Foundation training

The Foundation Programme is a work based programme that bridges the gap between medical school and specialty training.

Applications begin around October each year with a start date the following summer.

Foundation Programme timeline


Academic Foundation Programmes (AFP) are available to view on Oriel.


National application opens. You must complete the online application form.

October to January

Local recruitment process, for example short-listing and interviews.

January to February

If successful, you will receive offers during this period. You must accept or decline offers on Oriel by the stated deadline.


Apply to the General Medical Council (GMC) for registration with a licence to practise.

Without it, employers will not be able to issue a contract of employment.

Once you know where your programme will be, get in touch with local clinical pharmacologists. Arrange to spend some time with them to get a taste of the specialty. This doesn’t even have to be at your hospital.

July to August

Foundation Programme begins. You will attend a period of pre-employment shadowing. You will shadow the F1 doctor you are taking over from. Employers will provide the details of local arrangements.

You will need to have passed the Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA) exam.