TWO YEAR ACADEMIC FOUNDATION PROGRAMME RECRUITMENT

Posts commencing August 2021


General Recruitment Information

The recruitment process for two year Academic Foundation Programmes commencing August 2021 opens in October. For more information, the UKFPO Applicant’s Handbook is available on the UKFP website

Academic recruitment will be managed via the national online recruitment system (Oriel) and the basic timescale is detailed below. For the purposes of Academic Recruitment only, Peninsula and Severn Foundation Schools will be one Academic Unit of Application (known as South West) for August 2021 recruitment. 

10 August 2020 Academic programmes available to view on Oriel.
12th October 020 Registration on Oriel opens. Applicants can register at any time during the application window until 12:00 noon (BST) on Wednesday 4th November 2020. Eligibility Office applicants will have already registered as part of the eligibility application process. All programmes available to view on Oriel.
19th October– 4th November 2020 at 12:00 noon (BST) National application period: complete the online FP application form (including FP preferences, Educational Achievements) and the AFP application form(s) for specific AUoAs (max. 2 AUoA applications)
4th November 2020–8th January 2021 Local AFP recruitment process (e.g. long-listing, short-listing and interviews).

Tuesday 8th December 2020

Interviews for Research posts (Severn and Peninsula)

Friday 11th December 2020 Interviews for Education and Management & Leadership posts (Peninsula)
13th–15th January 2021 AFP national offers. Successful AFP applicants will receive offers. All offers must be accepted or declined on Oriel by the stated deadline. Applicants will have 48 hours to respond to offers.
20th January–11th February 2021 Cascade AFP national offers. Successful AFP applicants will receive offers.All offers must be accepted or declined on Oriel by the stated deadline. Applicants will have 48 hours to respond to offers.

 * Please note that if you apply for both Education, Leadership/Management and Research based posts, and are shortlisted, you will be expected to attend both interview dates. We will not be offering telephone interviews.

The following documents are provided for information:


AFP Person Specification 2021

General information on how Foundation training is organised within Severn Foundation School

AFP Enquiries and Appeals Process

AFP Interview Expenses Guidance

Posts based in the Severn Foundation School

Why choose Severn for your Academic Foundation Programme?

Please see our AFPs webpageProgramme DescriptionsTrainee Testimonials and Trainee Publications.

The Severn Foundation School and the University of Bristol offer 15 Academic Foundation Programmes (AFPs). Uniquely our research opportunities are unbundled from the clinical rotations allowing successful applicants to competitively select the most suitable combination of research area and clinical rotation. There are a wide variety of research opportunities encompassing a range of academic subjects. Thus the AFPs in Severn offer a great opportunity for future academic clinicians to start their career and develop a good grounding in clinical research. 

  • 6 x Academic Foundation Programmes based at North Bristol NHS Trust
  • 9 x Academic Foundation Programmes based at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

The Academic Foundation Programmes for Severn are based in either North Bristol NHS Trust (Southmead Hospital) or University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (Bristol Royal Infirmary). The F1 year will allow the newly qualified doctor to gain experience in a range of clinical placements. The F2 year comprises an academic block of four months, during which the F2 doctor will undertake a research project (for list of research themes see our Programme Descriptions webpage) and continue with one day per week clinical work. For the remaining 8 months of the F2 year, doctors will undertake more specialised medical training, eg General Practice, ITU/Critical Care, whilst continuing 1 day per week of academic work. During the F2 year doctors will also attend the Research Methods course designed specifically for Academic Foundation doctors.

North Bristol - Protocol for Academic F2s (Clinical Shifts) 

University Hospitals Bristol - Protocol for Academic F2s (Clinical Shifts)

Full programme details for 2021 entry:

Severn AFPs 2021

Important Note about Selecting Severn AFPs

Applicants will be asked to rank the clinical programmes on application. If shortlisted for interview, applicants will also be asked to rank the academic research projects. Applicants successful at interview will be matched to clinical and research preferences based on their score, and receive offers accordingly.

For general queries regarding the Severn Academic Programmes, please contact Professor Tony Pickering, AFP Lead

For information regarding Academic Foundation Programmes in the Peninsula Foundation School, please click here.

If you apply for an Academic post for August 2021 and are unsuccessful (or do not accept an offer), you will automatically be entered into the main national recruitment round for general Foundation posts. If you have been successful and have accepted an Academic post, you will not be entered into the general recruitment round.

For further details, please go to the UKFP website.