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, WarwickKeele and Wolverhampton 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 45 exciting Academic Foundation Year One training programmes commencing August 2019. There are 15 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, Academic Education - Simulation (18 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). 

Interviews will be held on: 8 and 9 January 2019 in Birmingham (subject to the number of applicants).

Please note telephone/video interviews will not be available

Page Updated: 10 August 2018


1 Oct 2018

National application period opens for eligible applicants

12 Oct 2018

National application period closes 12 noon (BST)

8 & 9 Jan 2019

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

16 Jan 2019

Applicants informed of outcome of interview

18 Jan 2019

Deadline for accepting/rejecting offers 

Cascade Process

Following the acceptance period, if places are still available a cascade process will take place, between 23 January 2019 and 6 February 2019, whereby HEE WM AFP AUoA will offer unfilled places to the next highest scoring applicant available who has not yet accepted an AFP elsewhere. During the cascade process applicants will be permitted 48 hours to accept or reject the offer of a programme on Oriel. After the third cascade of offers HEE WM AFP AUoA will have three days (11 – 13 February 2019) to offer any remaining unfilled places to applicants still on the reserve list who have not already accepted an offer elsewhere. Applicants will be contacted by e-mail. Applicants will then have a limited amount of time to accept or decline the offer.


Page Updated: 10 August 2018