Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP)

Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP) have been developed to support specific areas of the UK that have historically found it difficult to attract and retain trainees through the foundation and specialty recruitment processes. The main aim is to maximise the opportunity for applicants who wish to be located in less popular areas and therefore improve supply for specialty training and beyond. These programmes also often offer a range of incentives, such as additional educational opportunities, digital innovation, international experience, financial incentives, leadership, medical education and enhanced exposure in certain specialties for example.

As part of this process, applicants will have the opportunity to rank individual priority programmes that have been determined by a specific location, as part of the application form and prior to national allocation to FP. Successful applicants will be offered specific programmes prior to national allocation to foundation schools.

Once you have been nominated and have registered on Oriel, or deemed eligible by the UKFPO’s Eligibility Office, you will need to search for and apply to the Foundation Programme (FP) vacancy.

You should then search for and apply to the national vacancy for Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP). Applicants will be asked to rank programmes as part of the application form. You should rank only the programmes you wish to be considered for, i.e. those in a particular region. Programmes you would not accept should be listed in the ‘not wanted’ column.

Any applicant who has applied to FP can apply for FPP, i.e. all nominated or eligible applicants.

Applicants will be ranked based on the total application score for FP (EPM + SJT).

Offers and allocation

23rd - 25th February 2022 FPP Offers 1

28th February - 2nd March 2022 FPP Offers 2

2nd - 4th March 2022 FPP Offers 3

10th March 2022 National Allocation to FP

7th April 2022 Match to Programme Results Released


Applicants will have 48-hours to respond to offers, after which time offers will expire and will be automatically declined on the system.

If you decline an offer of an FPP post, you are still eligible for FP

If you choose to withdraw your application once you have already accepted an offer, you will be withdrawn from the entire process, including FP.

Once you accept an offer during any part of the application cycle, you will be withdrawn from all other aspects of the process.

Offers / allocations are made sequentially in the following order: SFP, PFF, FPP and then FP.


Further information and the FPP handbook can be found on the UKFPO website