Oxford Specialised Foundation Programme Recruitment 2023

This 2-year integrated Specialised Foundation Programme (SFP) is offered by Health Education England Thames Valley in conjunction with the University of Oxford.

National recruitment starts in September 2022 for the two year Specialised Foundation Programmes that begin in August 2023. The recruitment process is managed nationally by the UKFPO and uses the online recruitment system Oriel.

This year there are 24 specialised (academic) foundation programmes in research available in Oxford. The posts will be based across several trusts during Foundation Year 1 and mainly at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust for Foundation Year 2. They are designed to deliver the core competencies of Foundation training, enhanced with an academic curriculum and research opportunities.

SFP Programmes Available in Oxford

This year we are delighted to offer 30 programmes, 3 of which with research linked to Oncology.

Please see spreadsheet of available posts.

We are keen to encourage applications from eligible, talented candidates with strong evidence of academic achievement.

Only candidates requiring provisional registration and who have not completed a Foundation year 1 or equivalent programme will be eligible. Candidates must not be eligible for full GMC registration at the start of the programme (August 2023).

Trainees are encouraged to select their own area of interest for their research when participating in this specialised programme. Additional advice on this can be gained from OUCAGS (Oxford University Clinical Academic Graduate School) when you have been accepted onto the Oxford Specialised Foundation Programme.

The full list of specialised programmes available within Oxford Foundation School are also available via the Oriel website.

Please be advised all 2023 programmes are subject to change in relation to placement order, specialty, length, banding, site, and Trust due to the changing needs of the hospitals.

How to apply

It is important that all applicants to 2023 specialised programmes read the information provided on the UKFPO website.

For more information please refer to the person specification and eligibility criteria on the UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) website.

Applicants should apply using the new all-in-one FP application form selecting Oxford Foundation School as one of their Specialised Units of Application (SUoA).

Whitespace Questions

UPDATE: Oxford Foundation School will be using Question 1 for shortlisting:

“What are your specific reasons for applying for a special experience programme? Please highlight how the programme will contribute to your clinical or research career plans and briefly outline these.”

No other whitespace questions will be used.

Decile Scores

Decile scores will be taken into consideration as part of an overall shortlisting score. Applicants will not be excluded based on their decile score alone.


Applicants will be shortlisted using a 2-stage process which considers educational achievements in the form of whitespace questions, publications, presentations, prize(s) and additional degrees.

Publications – The work must have been published regardless of whether it has been accepted or is in press and must have a PubMed ID number (PMID). If you do not provide a PMID for a publication, it will not be taken into consideration. Collaborators will not be awarded points, only authors.

Presentations – The oral or poster presentation must be given at a national or international conference organised by a recognised medical, professional, or educational body. This must be clearly indicated on the application under the ‘Level delivered displayed’.

Prizes – The prize must be an undergraduate/medical school, national or international educational prize (pertaining to applicant’s medical education) awarded by an organisation that is not student or trainee-led and must be a FIRST PRIZE. Second or third prizes, or honourable mentions, do not qualify for consideration in this section. Merits for the top 10% and above within the cohort will also count toward prizes.

Additional Degrees – Intercalated or additional degrees are not an essential requirement for shortlisting because the Oxford Foundation School will look at other evidence of excellence, for example, in educational achievement.

Shortlisted applicants will receive a notification email via Oriel no later than one week prior to interview. Further instructions, including Microsoft Teams meeting links, will be sent at this time by the Foundation School.

Interview Process

All interviews will be undertaken remotely using Microsoft Teams only.

  • Interview date: Thursday 24th November 2022

The Oxford Foundation School will hold interviews for all 30 Academic Foundation posts on this date and no alternatives will be offered. Each candidate will be interviewed by a single panel of clinicians and academics assessing clinical and communication and academic skills. Candidates must pass all sections of the interview stations to remain in the SFP process.

Offers Process

Following all local interviews, the national offer process begins on 11th January 2023.

Successful candidates will receive an email from Oriel with an offer of an academic foundation programme. 

Applicants have two working days to accept or reject any offer(s) made to them. If the applicant does not accept or reject the offer within this period, it will be assumed they have rejected the offer and it will be withdrawn.

A cascade process will be run until 10th February 2023 to appoint to any unfilled SFP vacancies. Applicants should refer to the full timeline in the UKFPO applicant handbook.


Feedback requests should be emailed to Foundation.TV@hee.nhs.uk

For any queries regarding the Oxford Academic Foundation Programme Recruitment 2022 please contact us Foundation.TV@hee.nhs.uk.