A Guide to the Foundation Priority Programme (FPP)

What is the FPP?

The Foundation Priority Programme (FPP) is designed to support certain areas in the UK that have additional needs or have found it particularly difficult to attract and retain doctors through the foundation and specialty recruitment processes. This may be due to their location e.g. rural or remote areas, under-doctored locations and shortage specialties. In order to address this, these foundation programme posts have been incentivised.

What benefits does the FPP offer?

  • Specialty themed training: Academic, General practice, Intensive Care and Stroke Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Paediatrics, Pathology, Pre-hospital care, Psychiatry and Respiratory Medicine

  • Longer training over 3 years: Less than Full-Time training

  • Financial incentives: an additional £7000 per year

  • Additional qualifications: PGCert

  • Focused development opportunities and training: Entrepreneurship, Digital health, Medical education, Simulation, Leadership and Management

  • International placements: in New Zealand

  • Location: Remote, Coastal or Rural placements

Application Process

The application process is the same as applying for the standard Foundation Programme and is based on your total foundation application score, derived from your Educational Performance Measure (EPM) and Situational Judgement Test (SJT) scores.

You rank the individual priority programmes based on your preference. Be sure to look at the different rotations offered by each programme thoroughly along with the added FPP benefits. You do not have to rank all of the programmes available, just the ones you are interested in. Programmes you are not interest in are listed in the ‘not wanted’ column.

You are offered an FPP post based on your total foundation application score (EPM + SJT). If you are not allocated an offer in the first round, you may be allocated an offer in the second round. Declining an FPP offer will place you into the normal Foundation Programme application.

My FPP experience

I am currently in my second year of the FPP as a foundation year 2 doctor. I have particularly enjoyed my FPP as it has been a way to curate the work life balance that I always knew I needed while participating in portfolio enhancing activities.