Foundation Training Programmes

2022 - 2024 Foundation Training Programmes

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Applicants should note the following:


  • Academic Foundation Programmes (AFPs) are not featured in the FP programme charts on the training programme page as these are recruited to via the AFP application process, you may therefore notice that some of the programme numbers jump, e.g. Track 3, then Track 5.
  • Unless otherwise stated all programmes host 3 vacancies and the post locations will be at the acute employing trust. The order in which the posts are displayed is not necessarily the order in which you will undertake them.  Rotations are a trust matter and will be determined by the rota coordinators. 
  • As with all programmes and the changing nature of healthcare, the information provided on these pages is accurate at the time of publication but is always subject to change in line with service requirements and reconfigurations. 
  • Banding of posts is an employment matter and any queries regarding pay bands should be directed to the trusts and not to the Foundation School. Applicants should note that some full programmes maybe unbanded and it is advisable to contact trusts prior to ranking to enquire, if banding is of significant importance. 


Please use the links below to access the programme detail for each of our trusts for FP 2021-2023.  The Common Abbreviations document will help identify site locations.

All posts are indicative only and may be subject to further unannounced changes prior to August 2021. 

All FP programmes shown below have 3 vacancies per track.





East Lancashire

Leighton -  Mid Cheshire

Lancashire Teaching

Liverpool University Hospitals - Royal Liverpool, Broadgreen and Aintree

Macclesfield - East Cheshire

Manchester University NHS Hospital Trust 

Morecambe Bay

Nobles - Isle of Man

Pennine Acute

Salford Royal



St Helens & Knowsley






A summary table of all the specialties on offer at each acute trust can be accessed here.  


Payment arrangements for programmes


As with all posts and programmes, financial supplements for out of hours duties and on-call arrangements are a matter for the employing trust and as such enquiries relating to pay should be directed to the acute site.  Applicants are advised to make the necessary enquiries before selecting their preferences to trust and programme through the recruitment process.  HEE is concerned with curriculum delivery - it does not (nor ever has had) any involvement in determining out of hours work and its remuneration. 

Medical students/applicants applying through Oriel for a Foundation Training Programme should note the following important information regarding programmes:

  • All FTPs in the North West of England Foundation School have been approved as full two year (F1 and F2) programmes by a committee at Health Education England - North West, on behalf of the regulators, the General Medical Council (GMC).
  • All programmes have been approved to confirm a balance between medicine and surgery and that the full competences of the Foundation Curriculum for F1/F2 sign off are achievable from that programme. 
  • All programmes have been approved in line with the recommendations set by the recently published (Feb 2014) Broadening the Foundation Programme report and have been carefully balanced to avoid the duplication of sub-specialties and introduce community facing elements where necessary. 
  • Every programme will have a 4 month GP placement from August 2019 in line with the national requirement for schools to deliver 100% of placements in a community based environment. 
  • The North West of England Foundation School does not approve or allow any swaps between programmes and specialties, even when two applicants/trainees are in mutual agreement. 
  • All programmes are for the duration of 24 months in total on a 6x4 month rotation.  The majority of two year programmes have 3 vacancies, unless otherwise stated. 
  • The order in which the posts are displayed is not necessarily the order in which you will complete the programme. The rotas and the order in which you will rotate through the programme are determined by the employing trust following completion of the recruitment process. 
  • The payment of financial supplements for out of hours duties and on-call arrangements are an employment matter and any queries regarding pay should be directed to the trust and not the Foundation School. Applicants should note that the opportunities for out of hours work varies from Trust to Trust and it is therefore advisable to contact the Trusts prior to ranking preferences to enquire about any financial supplements. 
  • Academic Foundation Programmes (AFPs) are not included in the programme charts on this page.  Applicants interested in AFP should refer to our page on academic recruitment.  However, all points above are relevant to AFP
  • Applicants are advised to note carefully that all trusts are working towards the targets set out in the Broadening report and some trusts are undergoing reconfiguration of services.  Occasionally specialties, services and locations are changed and/or moved due to unforeseen circumstances or national requirements.
  • The programmes listed are accurate, to the best of our knowledge, at the time of posting. 


Foundation Priority Programme 


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 offer a range of incentives.


There will be 3 Foundation Priority Programme vacancies in the North West of England at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust

Additional information regarding the application process can be found on the UKFPO website.



Longitudinal Integrated Foundation Training Programmes (LIFT) – Archive : For information only


Following the 2012 Broadening the Foundation Programme Report, integrated placements are on the increase throughout the country.

There is a considerable body of literature commending longitudinal training, with evidence for better training and better clinical care. The North West of England Foundation School piloted a number of Longitudinal Integrated Foundation Training (LIFT) programmes between 2016 and 2018, which did not have traditional four-month FY2 placements in General Practice. Instead LIFT programmes had 6 four-month placements in specialities, with a longitudinal attachment to a practice. We envisaged one GP surgery per week, with two further sessions relating to the hospital speciality for that rotation which may have been in primary care – e.g. minor surgery sessions, chronic disease management clinics and so on. All our LIFT tracks were rich in clinical experience and provided the expected standard of teaching and learning, as well as clinical and educational supervision. The doctors produced have been well-versed in patient-centred practice and a full range of care pathways. These programmes were fully evaluated throughout the two year programme.


The following trusts within the North West delivered LIFT Programmes for the 16-18 cohort:

  • Wigan
  • East Lancashire
  • Wirral
  • Stockport
  • South Manchester
  • Morecambe Bay
  • Pennine Acute
  • Bolton


For more information on LIFT please click here


To see a summary of all the LIFT programmes that were available within the school please click here.  

In the current foundation training environment the notion of trainee, trainer and patient having a symbiotic learning relationship can be easily lost.  In the United States, the work of Dr David Hirsh and others has shown great value in the continuity of integrated training and the detrimental effect of compartmentalized attachments.  The work of David Hirsh has been significant in the conception of the Longitudinal Integrated Foundation Training pilot set up by the North West Foundation School.  As part of the induction programme to LIFT David Hirsh gave a skype presentation to the North West LIFT trainees on the background to longitudinal training and the benefits and proven value of integrated learning.   



Ethics Training for FY Trainees 

A number of guidance documents have been produced to help support Foundation Programme Directors and GP Trainers facilitate the supervision of trainees on LIFT programmes.  These guidance documents can be found on the Foundation Policies and Procedures page of the website.