Workforce, training and education
Yorkshire and Humber

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 using the new Preference Informed Allocation (PIA) process and will be allocated a different computer generated number to their Foundation Programme allocation for this vacancy.


Please note that while we normally support Less Than Full Time (LTFT) applications for all of our programmes, because of the way the FPP posts are configured it makes it very difficult to allow trainees to be LTFT. There is time out of clinical training already due to these posts having a Longitudinal Integrated Foundation Training (LIFT) element e.g. GP LIFT has 1 day a week in a GP practice. Some of these posts also give you the opportunity to complete a PG Cert, paid for by the Foundation school, which is an additional time and funding requirement for your Foundation years.

If you have any queries about these posts in the first instance please contact

Generalism Posts

The 2021 UK Chief Medical Officer's report confirmed the importance of enhancing generalist skills in managing complex multi-morbidity and reducing health inequalities. The Health Disparities White Paper will confirm the intention of including such skills teaching for all Foundation doctors, with additional training at a deeper level for those doctors with a demonstrable interest in generalist care. These posts will allow such doctors to experience an immersive, multi-professional generalist skills training programme alongside their standard placements, and hopefully improve retention within the local area where this programme is active amongst health and social care teams.

In FY1, trainees will have a 1/2 day release per week to undertake the multi-professional Enhance programme within the Humber region, and to undertake a funded Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Practice, Management and Education. In FY2 the trainees will continue with the day release programme, but be embedded in a community or other generalist placement (such as GP, public health, palliative care etc.) to apply these generalist principles to practice.

We started 3 programmes in Hull in August 2023 and have increased this for August 2024 with another 3 programmes in Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.

For further information about these posts please see the Generalism Page or contact Helen Cattermole 

Entrepreneurship Posts

The modern NHS needs enhanced links with business and individuals who are both dual trained in medicine and business innovation, especially in our modern digital age. Locally our undergraduate schools are pioneering entrepreneurship programmes that will deliver this type of trainee at an undergraduate level. There needs to be an opportunity for these individuals to continue to develop their skills during foundation training. These programmes will provide this, allow local retention, and hopefully will feed NIHR posts that are being developed. It will also provide an opportunity to attract individuals who have developed business acumen outside their undergraduate training who want to develop this. We hope that providing a sequential training model will improve local retention but also prevent these individuals being lost for the NHS.

Trainees will have a day release, on a weekly basis to local business or business schools in the local University to continue to develop approved NHS business improvement/innovation or development. This would be similar to the LIFT model. They will have a supervisor from the local University business school or other suitable department depending on their business skills and interests.

There will be 6 programmes for August 2024, 3 FY1 Leeds / FY2 Harrogate and 3 FY1 Harrogate / FY2 Leeds

SIM Posts

Simulation remains an important part of the Foundation curriculum and this was reinforced during the Foundation review process of 2019. In FY2, the trainee will have a day release, on a weekly basis, to design, facilitate and evaluate simulation methodology in the teaching and training of Foundation doctors. The successful appointee will work with 2 deputy directors of simulation who work within the trust. There will also be supported additional study leave to attend simulation national conference

We have 1 SIM post available.

GP LIFT posts

Further information on these posts is available here

AI LIFT posts

We are introducing 3 new Artificial Intelligence posts, 2 years in Leeds, from August 2024. The UK government has estimated that within the next 20 years 90% of all jobs will require some element of digital skills. Within the NHS alone, Health Education England predicts that the clinical informatics workforce will need to grow by around 10,000 in the next 5 years. The 2019 Topol review produced several recommendations to address digital skills shortages within the medical workforce. This report in particular recommends the need to increase the delivery of data science training to clinicians through formal training, and dedicated protected time. This rotation is designed to deliver a training programme that meets these needs, accredited against national competencies and is delivered by expert clinical informaticians and leading academics. It will represent the first foundation programme rotation of its kind anywhere in the UK. 

The Faculty of Clinical Informatics (FCI) is the multi-disciplinary professional body for all health and social care qualified individuals working as informaticians across the UK. The FCI have developed a core competency framework for clinical informatics and have already agreed with the course leads to develop a process to accredit this foundation programme rotation against the relevant competencies of this framework. This would be the first rotation of its kind and the first to be FCI accredited.
For further information about these posts please contact Kieran Zucker
Offers and allocation
  • National application window for FP, SFP, FPP programmes 20 September (09:00 BST) – 04 October (12:00 midday BST) 2023
  • Deadline for applicants to rank and amend FPP programme preferences OR to withdraw application from FPP on Oriel 14 February 2024(12:00 midday GMT)
  • 21st - 23rd February 2024 FPP Offers 1 (applicants have 48 hours to accept/reject)
  • 26th February - 28th February 2024 FPP Offers 2 (applicants have 48 hours to accept/reject)
  • 28th February - 1st March 2024 FPP Offers 3 (applicants have 48 hours to accept/reject

If not successful with an FPP application candidates will continue with their FP allocation. For further details on that process please see the Foundation Programme page of the website / UKFPO website.

  • 7th March 2024 National Allocation to Foundation School

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 accept an FPP programme and subsequently choose to withdraw your application, you will be withdrawn from the entire process, including the Foundation Programme.

Once you accept an offer during any part of the application cycle, you will be withdrawn from all other aspects of the process. Candidates can only accept 1 programme in this process (SFP / FPP / FP)

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

Further information and the applicant guide to allocation can be found on the UKFPO website