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Dates for SFP 2023 recruitment are as follows.   Full applicant timeline can be found here on the UKFPO website

Wednesday, 7th (09:00 BST) Wednesday, 21st September 2022 (12:00 midday BST)

National application window for FP, FPP, SFP programmes 

Complete the online FP application form (including FP preferences, educational  achievements, additional questions for SFPs and select if you wish to be considered for FPPs). Late applications will not be considered under any circumstances. You are advised to start your application(s) early to allow sufficient time to complete the necessary sections fully and to gather evidence in support of your application. Eligibility applicants who are confirmed ‘eligible’ or ’eligible with conditions’ must complete the FP application form to remain in the process.

Friday, 23rd September 2022 –6 January 2023

Local selection process for specialised programmes (e.g. long-listing, short-listing and interviews).

Information about SFP recruitment in Scotland and a local timeline can be found here.

Wednesday, 30th November - 1st December 2022

Scottish SFP online Interviews

Wednesday, 11th – Thursday, 13th January 2023

Round 1 offers released for SFPs. Successful applicants will receive offers. All offers must be accepted or declined on Oriel by the stated deadline. Applicants will have 48 hours to respond to offers.

Wednesday, 18th - Friday, 20th January 2023

Round 2 offers released for SFPs. All offers must be accepted or declined on Oriel by the stated deadline. Applicants will have 48 hours to respond to offers.

Wednesday, 25th – Friday, 27th January 2023

Round 3 offers released for SFPs. All offers must be accepted or declined on Oriel by the stated deadline. Applicants will have 48 hours to respond to offers.

Wednesday, 1st –  Friday, 3rd February 2023

Round 4 offers released for SFPs. All offers must be accepted or declined on Oriel by the stated deadline. Applicants will have 48 hours to respond to offers.

Monday, 6th – Friday, 10th February 2023

Clearing round for SFPs. Applicants who have not received an offer might be contacted offline with an offer.

Thursday, 9th March 2023

Allocation to Foundation School (primary list). Applicants informed of allocation to foundation school result. SJT and total application scores available to view on Oriel. Primary list will be informed of how to rank groups/individual programmes.

Thursday, 9th March 2023 - Friday, 14th July 2023

Reference submission window opens

Thursday, 9th March – Wednesday, 15th March 2023 (12:00 midday GMT)

Group Preferencing Window (2 stage process) 

Monday, 20th March 2023

Group Match results released

Monday, 20th March - Thursday, 30th March 2023 (12:00 midday BST)

Programme Preferencing Window (2 stage process)

Thursday, 13th April 2023

All primary list applicants will be notified of their match to programme results. Applicants will receive an email containing information about which programme they have been matched to by their allocated foundation school.

From 13th April 2023

Applicants to complete an online Supporting Trainees Entering Practice (STEP) form to ensure information is shared with the foundation school to ensure sufficient reasonable adjustments are arranged where necessary and appropriate in time for the start of programme to support training.

From May 2023

Applicants are required to have provisional GMC registration with a licence to practise before employers will issue a contract of employment. Registering with the GMC is a separate process from applying to the foundation programme. Applicants must apply to the GMC directly. The GMC recommend applicants to apply by tbc at the latest to ensure you are registered before the start of the pre-employment shadowing period.

May – August 2023

Pre-employment checks. Employers will also confirm your location of employment, salary, pay banding (if applicable) and your rota.

July/August 2023

Mandatory Shadowing and Induction.

All must attend a period of pre-employment shadowing of the F1 doctor you will be taking over from before the start of the programme. Employers will provide details of local arrangements.

2nd August 2023 commencement foundation training programme.