Academic Foundation Programme (AFP) in NCTFS

Academic Foundation Programme (AFP) is a two-year programme that consists of one Academic Research placement in the second year of training. 

Academic recruitment is managed via the national online recruitment system and foundation schools join together to form Units of Application (UoA). For full details, please go to the Academic/How to Apply page on the The UK Foundation Programme Office (UKFPO) website. This also contains a recruitment timeline plus links to all the relevant documentation.

For F1 entry in August 2014, NCTFS offers the following 22 Academic Research F2 placements:

  • Virology x 3
  • Hepatology
  • Neurology and Neuroscience x 2
  • Cellular Pathology x 3
  • Nuclear Medicine x 3
  • Primary Care and Population Health x 4
  • Rheumatology
  • Paediatrics
  • Cardiology
  • Women's Health
  • Clinical Pharmacology/Cardiovascular
  • Surgery

All applicants should note that:

  1. Due to a large number of NHS Trust service reconfigurations, all posts may be subject to change (sometimes at short notice) in relation to placement order, specialty, length and site. All F1 and F2 posts are subject to confirmation at any time during your Foundation Programme.
  2. As placements may be subject to change, trainees receive a further confirmation of their F2 placements during F1 (usually in February). Academic Research placements are not expected to change.
  3. Foundation training is not in any way training for Specialty. Trainees will work in a mixture of surgical and medical placements giving them general training they need in order to achieve Foundation competencies.