The Specialised Foundation Programme (SFP) 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 Specialised 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 BirminghamWarwickKeele and Wolverhampton Medical Schools. All SFP trainees will have an academic supervisor.

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

For further information on the Specialised Foundation Programme, including eligibility and how to apply please refer to the SFP 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 2024, please refer to the SFP rotation document for further details.  

Please see the below links

Person Specification

SFP Applicant Guide 

White Space questions 

SFP Programme 

SFP JD 2024 


Page Updated: August 2023



20th September 2023 

(09:00 BST)


National application period opens for eligible applicants

4th October 2023 (12:00 midday BST)


National application period closes – no applications will be accepted after this deadline. 

15th & 16th November 2023 


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

10th Jan 2024 


Round 1 offers release  

12th Jan 2024 


 Round 1 offers deadline for accepting/rejecting offers 



Cascade Process


See the UKFPO website






Page Updated: August 2023