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 Monday 15th March 2021 and closes on Friday 2nd April 2021. The full national timeline for the IFST process is below:

Dates Activity
Monday 15th March 2021 Application window opens
Friday 2nd April 2021 Application window closes for all IFST applications
(applies to all foundation schools)
Monday 5th April - Friday 23rd April 2021 Foundation schools review IFST applications
Monday 26th April 2021 Foundation schools to notify applicants of outcome
Tuesday 27th April (12:00) - Tuesday 11th May 2021 (deadline 12:00) IFST national appeals window
Wednesday 12th May - Friday 21st May 2021 UKFPO administrative review of appeals forms
Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th May 2021 National review panels consider appeals
Tuesday 1st June 2021 Panel outcomes issued to applicants and foundation schools notified
August 2021 New rotations commence

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