Specialised Foundation Programme Recruitment 2022

UK Foundation Programme - Contains relevant information relating to recruitment to Specialised Foundation Programmes commencing in August 2022, (including the applicant guide, person specification and timeline).

Please click on the separate Trent and LNR pages in this section, for further information relating to the programmes available in each of the two Foundation Schools within the East Midlands.


Specialised Foundation Programme Interviews

2022 interviews will be undertaken virtually (through Microsoft Teams).

Specialised Foundation Programme - Preferencing 

Preferences Opening Date: 8th September 2021 (9am)

Preferences Closing Date: 22nd September 2021 (12noon)

Shortlisting Score

The shortlisting score will consist of your educational achievements score and white space questions.  In the event of the total shortlisting scores being tied, the highest publication score will be considered first, followed by the highest degree score, followed by the white space question and then prizes.

White Space Questions

Due to the difference between the Leadership, Medical Education, and Research programmes, applicants will only be considered for the type of programme they have ranked first in their preferences.

Therefore, if you rank more than one programme, you will only be considered for the type of programme you ranked first, e.g. if Leadership programme is ranked first, you would be scored and interviewed for this programme and offered a Leadership programme (if successful).  You would not be considered for the Medical Education or Research programmes.

Below are the White Space Questions that will be looked at and scored against each Programme.

Career Goals

  1. 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.

Mandatory Question – please answer this question regardless of whether you have ranked:


Education and Teaching


Leadership Question

(appears if selected Leadership)

  1. Give one example in which you have demonstrated your leadership abilities. The example should be from your undergraduate experience (or postgraduate experience if relevant) and should identify your specific role and contribution as a leader and its relevance to academic activities.

If you have ranked Leadership, please answer this question and the “Career Goals” question.

Education and Teaching

(appears if selected Education and Teaching)

  1. Please describe your previous relevant teaching experience and achievements as a teacher, within and outside medicine.

If you have ranked Education and Teaching, please answer this question and the “Career Goals” question.


Achievements/Experience Question

  1. What is your single best clinical or research achievement (paper/presentation/or prize) and why?

If you have ranked Research, please answer this question and the “Career Goals” question.


AFP Ranking Score

The AFP ranking score will be a combination of the total shortlisting score and the total interview score.  In the event of the total interview scores being tied, the highest decile scores will be taken into consideration first, followed by the highest publication score, followed by the highest degree score, followed by the white space question and then prizes.

Specialised Unit of Application (SUoA)

East Midlands

Number of programmes available


Number available of each type of programme


Research – 14

Leadership – 10

Medical Education - 6


Research – 18

Psychiatry – 3

Date of shortlisting:

Date of interviews:

Friday 22nd October 2021

Friday 19th November 2021

Are telephone/video interviews acceptable? Y/N

No telephone interviews. 

Video interviews will be used for this recruitment round (see notes below).

Additional Info

Due to COVID face-to-face interviews will not take place but will instead be carried out virtually via Microsoft Teams.

If you are successful at being invited to interview, please ensure you have the software required.


Please click on the below boxes for further information relating to the available Specialised Foundation Programmes and the individual placement descriptions in both the LNR and Trent Foundation Schools.