Workforce, training and education
Yorkshire and Humber

Specialised Foundation Programmes (SFP) - previously Academic Foundation Programmes (AFP)


The Yorkshire and the Humber Foundation School is a specialised unit of application (SUoA) for 2024 Specialised Foundation Programme Recruitment.

Clinical academic medicine is an exciting, fundamental and indispensable career. Clinical Academics play a significant role in producing and evaluating evidence to design and “translate” novel treatments and best practice into optimal patient care.

The Specialised Foundation Programme is the first component of postgraduate training in clinical academia following medical school training, where doctors with an interest in an academic career can gain exposure to the clinical academic environment and obtain experience in research skills relevant to enhancing patient care.

Specialised Foundation Programmes combine clinical training with training in research methods and includes a four-month academic placement during F2.

The role of clinical academics is to combine research and/or teaching with clinical practice, hence great emphasis is placed upon acquiring strong clinical skills as well as high quality research training during the course of the programme.

The Yorkshire and Humber Foundation School also offer Medical Education SFP opportunities. These placements give trainees experience in generic teaching skills which are fast becoming an essential tool for the modern doctor.

The four month placement offers an opportunity to experience various aspects of Medical Education, working within the Medical School, post-graduate Medical Education department in the NHS Trust. These placements can focus on undergraduate and postgraduate Medical Education, provide developing and validating novel teaching techniques and approaches.


Recruitment and Selection Arrangements for 2024


Clinical Placements

The deadline for confirming programmes for Yorkshire and Humber is 13th October 12 noon BST. This should be completed on Oriel.

The more programmes you rank, the more likely you are to be selected for a post you want.

Programmes available are listed on Oriel and available to view on the YHFS website here:

West Yorkshire:

South Yorkshire:

East Yorkshire:


Application Process

Applications will need to be submitted by 1st November 2023 at 5pm on the following online form:  

Please complete all sections of the form.

Shortlisting Process

The application form confirms the total number of points available for responses to each question, and 100 applicants with the highest number of points will be shortlisted for interview.

Please note that YHFS support the Disability Confident Scheme. The UKFPO guidance is available via this link.  

Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications, we are not able to give individual feedback on shortlisting scores and we are not able to share details of the scoring matrix as this would jeopardise future recruitment processes.

We are unable to give you feedback on the content of your application. 


Interview Arrangements

Interviews will be held on the 12th and 13th of December via MS Teams.

100 interview places will be available.

Candidates who are shortlisted for interview will be notified and given instructions about the interview process week commencing 20th November 2023 via email.


Interview Feedback

Following interviews, all candidates who request feedback will be provided with the following standard information: 

•           Breakdown of scores (question scores) 

•           Overall score 

•           Rank 

•           Minimum score to be appointed 

•           Copy of interview scoresheets 

Requests for feedback will only be accepted in writing between the following dates: Monday 22 January 2024 to Friday 26 January 2024. 



Applicants who wish to register an appeal should refer to the National SFP Appeals Guidance available on the UKFPO website.


Further Information

If you have any queries about the application process, please contact us via email at  


The UKFPO’s frequently asked questions can be found here: