Inter-Foundation School Transfer (IFST)

The IFST process has been designed to support transfers across the programme in cases where individual circumstances have changed since the point of initial allocation.

A local application process has been introduced for F1 trainees working as part of a two-year programme to apply for a transfer to take effect from the start of their F2 year, and for current medical school graduates/applicants to the two-year programme who are applying to the foundation programme for August.

It is recognised that situations will arise outside of this process, therefore the option to apply for a transfer due to exceptional circumstances throughout the course of the programme will continue to be available.


The criteria for applying for a transfer between foundation schools are largely based on the criteria for applying for pre-allocation (i.e. special circumstances) to a particular foundation school as part of the national foundation application process.

Applicants and current trainees in Severn considering applying for an Inter-Foundation School Transfer must read the detailed guidance provided by the UKFP.

If you meet the eligibility criteria, please download the IFST application form from the UKFP website and submit it to the Severn Foundation School Manager. Applications must be submitted to the allocated or current Foundation School.

Application Window

The window for IFST applications opens on Thursday 10 March 2022  and closes on Monday 21 March 2022 (12 midday GMT). The full national timeline for the IFST process is below:

Dates Activity
Monday 10 March 2022 Application window opens
Monday 21 March 2022 (12 midday GMT) Application window closes for all IFST applications
(applies to all foundation schools)
Tuesday 22 March - Friday 1 April 2022 Foundation schools hold panels to review IFST applications and notify applicants of outcome
Monday 11 - Friday 22 April 2022 (12 midday BST) IFST national appeals window
Monday 25 - Friday 29 April 2022 UKFPO administrative review of appeals forms
Tuesday 10 May 2022 National review panels consider appeals
Monday 16 May 2022 Panel outcomes issued to applicants and foundation schools notified
August 2022 New rotations commence

 For more information, please see the FAQs on the UKFP website