The Academic Foundation Programme

The Academic Foundation Programme (AFP) allows Foundation doctors to develop their research, teaching and leadership/management skills in addition to the clinical skills developed on the standard programme. It is intended for those who mean to pursue a career in academic medicine or research, or who would like to investigate the possibility, although the skills acquired will also be of benefit across a wide range of clinical careers.

For the Academic Foundation Programme, there is one Unit of Application (UoA) - West Midlands - which incorporates the West Midlands Central, North and South Foundation Schools.

Academic mentorship and formal teaching is provided throughout the Programme by the Universities of Birmingham, Warwick and Keele Medical Schools. All AFP trainees will have an academic supervisor.

Application to these posts is via the national online application system Oriel.

For further information on the Academic Foundation Programme, including eligibility and how to apply please refer to the AFP section of the UKFPO website.

Programmes deliver training for postholders to achieve a range of academic and clinical competencies required by the Curriculum for the Foundation Years in Postgraduate Education and Training and for full registration with the General Medical Council.

The West Midlands has 42 exciting Academic Foundation Year One training programmes commencing August 2017. There are 14 programmes, each taking three F1 pre-registration trainees. The rotation pattern will be 3 x 4 months. There is no formal academic F1 rotation.

All posts progress to Academic Foundation Year Two (F2) in the West Midlands and all offer a variety of clinical training in acute medicine and surgery. In addition, during the second year there is a four-month dedicated academic research post in the specialties of Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus, Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery (6 posts South Foundation School);  Endocrinology and Diabetes Mellitus, General Practice,  Acute Internal Medicine, Renal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Geriatric Medicine, Rheumatology, Stroke Medicine, Histopathology, Cardiology, Paediatrics or Chemical Pathology (15 posts North Foundation School);  Public Health Medicine, Respiratory Medicine, Rheumatology, Renal Medicine or Intensive Care Medicine (15 posts Central Foundation School).   There are three 4 month academic teaching posts and three 4 month leadership orientated posts in primary care, which will focus on service improvement and leading change (Central Foundation School).

A full Job Description of the programmes will be available shortly.

Interviews will be held on: 9 and 10 January 2017 in Birmingham (subject to the number of applicants).

Please note telephone/video interviews will not be available

Page Updated: 09 August 2016


11 Jul 2016

National eligibility process begins

10 Aug 2016

National eligibility process closes

26 Sep 2016

Programmes available to view online

3 Oct 2016

National application period opens for eligible applicants

14 Oct 2016

National application period closes 12 noon (BST)

9 & 10 Jan 2017

Interviews subject to the number of applicants (note telephone interviews are not available)

18 Jan 2017

Applicants informed of outcome of interview

20 Jan 2017

Deadline for accepting/rejecting offers 12 noon (BST)

25 Jan 2017

Offer period to reserve candidates (where appropriate)

15 Feb 217

Deadline for offer period to reserve candidates 12 noon (BST)

10 Mar 2017

Request for applicant references via online system

10 Apr 2017

Deadline for receipt of online references


Page Updated: 09 August 2016