Posts commencing August 2020

General Recruitment Information

The recruitment process for two year Academic Foundation Programmes commencing August 2018 opens in October. For more information, the UKFPO Applicant’s Handbook is available here: Academic/How to Apply section of the UKFPO 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 2020 recruitment.


19 August 2019 UKFPO publish details of the AFP programme details to be available 
on  the Oriel application platform.
23 September 2019 Academic and general applicants register and enrol on Oriel
30 September - 11 October 2019 at 12:00 Complete national application form on Oriel, select maximum of 
two AUoAs and complete relevant local application forms or submit 
CVs (depending on local requirements)
14 October 2019 - 10 January 2020 Local Recruitment processes take place including shortlisting and interviewing

16 December 2019

Academic (Education & Leadership/Management) interviews: Plymouth

20 December 2019 Academic (Research) interviews: Bristol 
15 January 2020 Initial offers made
17 January 2020 Deadline for applicants to accept or reject initial offers
20 January - 12 February 2020 Cascade offers process takes place


* 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 Skype or telephone interviews.

The following documents are provided for information:

AFP Person Specification 2020

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 2020 entry:

Severn AFPs 2020


Important Note about Selecting Severn AFPs for 2019

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 2019 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 Academic/How to Apply page on the UKFPO website.