Academic Foundation Training and AFP Recruitment



This webpage is in the process of being updated for 2021 AFP recruitment. Due to an extremely busy business period, documents and links are being updated in order of priority and therefore some content may continue to refer to last years process for up to two weeks after the AUoA vacancy publication on 17th August 2020. If you have any queries about a specific AFP programme and would like to request further detail from the trust, please scroll down to the section : 'Where to find additional information on our AFP trusts/programmes'


**UKFP/AFP 2021 Applicants Handbook** 

**AFP 2021 NWEFS Indicative Programme Charts** **NEW v1.0 (10.08.20)**

**AFP 2020 NWEFS Shortlisting & Interview Criteria and Educational Achievements Scoring**

**AFP 2020 NWEFS Academic Foundation Recruitment Frequently Asked Questions**

**AFP 2020 NWEFS After the Interview (Expenses Claims, Feedback and Appeals)**


UKFP 2021 Person Specification (TBC)

NWEFS AFP 2021 AUoA Information (UKFPO)


The North West of England Foundation School wants to ensure that applicants have access to the most up to date and accurate information. Any queries directed to the school for which the answer can be found on this website, in the Applicants Handbook and above local AFP recruitment documents may not be prioritised. In the first instance we strongly recommend all applicants to download and thoroughly review the guidance which can be found on the links above.




Welcome to the 2021 – 2023 application process for Academic Foundation Programmes (AFPs) at the North West of England Foundation School


AFPs are an opportunity for doctors to develop their research and/or teaching skills and/or medical and management capabilities.  There is great variety between academic programmes with some focusing on more traditional pathways while others focus on quality improvement and even health informatics.


All programmes have one common purpose and AFPs are designed to ensure that all trainees achieve the core competencies of foundation training whilst simultaneously supporting the development of key skills in other areas of medicine. 


Further information on the structure and purpose of an AFP can be found in the national Rough Guide to Academic Foundation Programmes.



Academic Foundation Programmes Available to 2021-23 Applicants


The North West of England Foundation School in 2021 will offer a total of 57 AFPs in 9 of our acute employing trusts, across the 3 key areas of academia; Leadership, Research and Education (summary below):


Employing Trust

Total No of AFPs

Academic Component









East Lancashire





Lancashire Teaching




Liverpool University 21 6 15


Manchester University 12  available  available


Pennine Acute 3 3  


Morecambe Bay





Salford Royal





UH Morecambe Bay 3   3  


Please click here to download a detailed breakdown of the programmes available (Research, Education and Leadership) in our school for 2021-2023. This programme information is indicative only and may be subject to further changes between 17.08.2020 and 25.02.2021 by HEE and the employing trust due to a required alteration in service requirements.


With regards to Research based AFP placements, some trusts do not currently show the specific specialities assigned to them on the chart. Our academic employing trusts will try their best to accommodate personal requests that address peoples research interests. There tends to be some flexibility on the research topic pursued, as long as there is a suitable academic supervisor to support this. Most research placements will be focused towards the clinical element within the specific training programme (track) in the first instance, so topic projects will usually be tilted towards these in some way. However we strongly recommend you speak to each trust you are interested in indepedantly as there may be some variation with this rule as some sites may be more flexible than others.


Further information on Research, Education and Leadership programmes this can be found by scrolling down this page to Where to find additional information on our AFP trusts/programmes. If you cannot find the information you require in the additional information section, please contact the relevant Postgraduate Administrator / Foundation Administrator with any queries using the contact information here :


For information on the location of the employing trusts and facilities available please visit our Trust Map page and click on the relevant map pin. 



Academic Programmes in Education and Leadership


HEE-NW offers funding and study opportunities for trainees on AFP Education and Leadership pathways to undertake the following modules at Edge Hill University.


Leadership: Medical Leadership (HEA4117) module.


Education: Module 1 of PG Cert Teaching and Learning in Clinical Practice, ‘Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Context ‘  (CPD 4454) module


Applicants who are successfully allocated to one of these programmes will be invited to enrol by the admissions team at Edge Hill University.



Applying for an Academic Foundation Programme

Applications for AFPs can only be made via the national Foundation Programme website and the recruitment portal, Oriel.  The application window is the same as the application window for FP and applicants will be invited to express an interest in applying for AFP during completion of the national application on Oriel.


Applicants choosing to apply for AFP will need to submit separate applications (up to a maximum of two) in addition to their FP application form. Once the national application process has closed (on the 4th November 2020) the North West of England Foundation School will begin their local recruitment processes to shortlist and interview applicants for AFPs.


National UKFPO and NWEFS Timeline for 2021-23 AFP Recruitment


National Recruitment Timeline   National Recruitment Detail    Local Recruitment Timeline    Local Recruitment Detail   
19th October - 4th November 2020 at 12 noon (GMT) 

National AFP Application Window.

Late applications will not be considered under any circumstances.

4th November 2020 - 13th January 2021

Local AFP Shortlisting and Interview window.

4th November - w/c 16th November 2020

Local administrative period prior to shortlisting.

    w/c 9th November - w/c 16th November 2020 (tbc)

AFP Shortlisting Event.

    w/c 16th November - 25th November 2020

Local administrative period following shortlisting.

    w/c 16th November 2020 or before

All AFP applicants to be notified of shortlisting outcome on Oriel and whether they have been invited to interview.

    26th November 2020

AFP Interviews - Online via MS Teams

    27th November 2020 - 12th January 2021

Local adminstrative period following interviews.

13th January 2021

AFP National Offers.

Successful AFP applicants will receive offers. 

All offers must be accepted or declined

on Oriel by the stated deadline(s).

Applicants who do not receive an offer on 13th January 2021 will be automatically entered into the forthcoming AFP Cascade Offers rounds which commence on 20th January 2021.

20th January 2021 - 3rd February 2021

AFP Cascade Offers commence.

Offers release weekly with 48 hours to accept or decline at each release. 



It is the applicant’s responsibility to allow enough time to register, enrol and apply within the application window. The foundation school cannot be held responsible for those who miss a deadline if they have chosen to leave completing their FP/AFP application until the last minute. 


All AFP offers will be made in the Jan – Feb offer period.  Successful applicants will have the opportunity to accept/decline offers on Oriel by the stated deadlines.  Applicants applying for AFP who are not successful in obtaining an AFP offer by the close of AFP recruitment will automatically transfer to standard FP recruitment. Full details of the national application process and timeline, including the 2021 national person specification can be found on the national Foundation Programme website


Ranking your AFP Preferences


Please rank all of the programmes you wish to be considered for, in order of preference, under the "Preference" column by using the drag and drop function on Oriel. Any programmes you do not wish to be considered for should remain in the "Not Wanted" column. The more programmes you preference, the greater the likelihood of being offered a programme of your choice, if you are successful at interview. We recommend you rank as many of our AFP Posts as possible to increase your opportunity for a place, but this is entirely your choicePlease note: AFP preferences cannot be altered after the 4th November 2020 application deadline. The function to amend preferences on Oriel only applies to FP applications.


Referee details can be amended prior to the closing date or until the reference has been returned. To amend referee details, applicants must access this information through the FP vacancy. Applicants are not required to provide referee information in the AFP application.

Where to find additional information on our AFP trusts/programmes


If you would like to know more about the tracks, academic foundation programmes and supervisors on offer at individual trusts then please use the links and contact details provided below. We recommend that you read the additional programme information contained within the highlighted links first before you contact the academic leads with any queries. If visitors notice any programme information that does not appear to have been updated for AFP-2021, we advise applicants to contact the AFP trust directly for an updated set of guidance.


Liverpool University (Aintree)

Please click here to access additional information about the academic opportunities at Aintree. 

Academic Lead: Dr Uazman Alam


Alder Hey 

Academic Lead: Dr Melissa Gladstone



Please click the following links to access additional information about the academic opportunities at Bolton : Education / Leadership

Academic Lead: Dr Mayen Egbe


Manchester University

Central Site - Manchester Royal Infirmary


Please click here to access additional information about the academic opportunities at Manchester University (Central site).

Academic Lead: Dr Gwilym Morris 


Southern Site - Wythenshawe Hospital


Please click here to access additional information about the academic opportunities at Manchester University (Southern site).

Academic Lead: Dr Sahena Haque


East Lancashire

Please click here to access additional information about the academic opportunities at East Lancashire.

Academic Lead: Miss Suzanne Gawne


Lancashire Teaching Hospitals

Please click here to access additional information about the academic opportunities at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals. Meet the team here.

Academic Lead:  Dr Aashih Vyas


Morecambe Bay

Please click here to access additional information about the academic opportunities at Morecambe Bay.

Academic Lead and honorary senior lecturer in Manchester & honorary clinical lecturer in Lancaster: Dr Marwan Bukhari


Pennine Acute

Please click here to access additional information about the academic opportunities at Pennine Acute.

Academic Lead (acting): Dr Anindya Lal Mukherjee


Liverpool University (Royal Liverpool site)

Please click here to access additional information about the academic opportunities at the Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals.

Academic Lead: Dr Cecilia Jukka


Salford Royal

Please click here to access additional information about the academic opportunities at Salford Royal.

Academic Lead : Dr Sanjeet Kamath


If applicants are having difficulty contacting an academic lead we advise that they contact the relevant Postgraduate Administrator / Foundation Administrator with any queries using the information here :



Integrated Clinical Academic Training (ICAT) 


The aim of the The Integrated Clinical Academic Training programme is to facilitate and support the academic development of both undergraduate and postgraduate clinical trainees who are interested in following a clinical academic career path.


Liverpool ICAT Overview


 The Liverpool ICAT is a part of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at the University of Liverpool. The governance of ICAT is through the Executive Group and the Board, both of which has representations from the University Research and Teaching Institutes, HENW, NHS Trusts and also includes academic trainee members. The nominated ICAT academic lead and local AFP lead for Foundation Years is Professor Arpan Guha, Head of the Postgraduate School of Medicine.  The local lead for Aintree University Hospitals NHS Trust is Dr Nicola Goodson, Senior Lecturer in Rheumatology.


 Liverpool ICAT website address


 Manchester ICAT overview

The Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) hosts the Manchester Integrated Clinical Academic Training (ICAT) programme. The aim of the ICAT programme is to facilitate and support the academic development of both undergraduate and postgraduate clinical trainees who aspire to follow a clinical academic career path. All aspects of the ICAT programme are overseen by the ICAT Operations Group.

To achieve this aim, the ICAT programme is managed as a partnership between The University of Manchester and Health Education England - North West and in close liaison with the NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre (NIHR TCC), which oversees ‘Integrated Academic Training’ nationally and is responsible for the allocation of funding to support programmes.

Academic Foundation doctors in the North West benefit from this integrated and coordinated approach to academic training via:

Access to research supervisor’s research within world-class facilities that cover the full healthcare continuum

Attendance at dedicated Manchester ICAT training and networking days held in the University

Access to a University-based academic teaching programme designed and delivered by the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences training team.

Individual AFP programmes across the Manchester Hospital sites (CMFT, SRFT, UHSM) also offer their own bespoke teaching and support schedules that utilise local clinical researchers and dedicated Clinical Research Facilities.

Further information can be found on the Manchester ICAT website:


 ICAT Contacts


Professor Robert Moots (Chair - University of Liverpool ICAT)


Professor Calum Semple (Deputy Director - University of Liverpool ICAT)


Dr Cecilia Jukka (Royal Liverpool ICAT AFP Lead)


Dr Nicola Goodson (Aintree ICAT AFP Lead)


Debbie Sweeney (University of Liverpool ICAT Administrator)


Professor Rachel Lennon  (University of Manchester ICAT AFP Lead)


UoM ICAT Programme Enquiries


UoM ICAT Website


Dr Rachel Isba (Chair and AFP ICAT Lead - University of Lancaster ICAT and Head of Lancaster Medical School )


Mary Mason (University of Lancaster - Administrator)