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Why choose Severn for your Specialised Foundation Programme?

Please see our AFPs webpageProgramme DescriptionsTestimonials and Foundation Doctor Publications.

The Severn Foundation School and the University of Bristol offer 15 Specialised Foundation Programmes (SFPs). 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 Research Foundation Programmes based at North Bristol NHS Trust
  • 9 x Research Foundation Programmes based at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust

The Specialised Foundation Programmes for Severn are based in either North Bristol NHS Trust or University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust. 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 and Weston - Protocol for Academic F2s (Clinical Shifts)

Full programme details for 2022 entry:

Severn AFPs 2022

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 Specialised Foundation Programmes, please contact Professor Tony Pickering, AFP Lead

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

If you apply for an Specialised Foundation Programme for August 2022 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 Specialised Foundation Programme, you will not be entered into the general recruitment round.

For further details, please go to the UKFP website.