2024 Specialised Foundation Programme (SFP)

Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS) and Wessex Foundation Schools are a joint specialised unit of application (SUoA) for 2024 SFP recruitment. Applicants can apply for both KSS & Wessex SFP on the Oriel recruitment system.

Applicants must meet the person specification 2024 SFP Person Specification.

Wessex SFP Programmes

Medical Education Programmes

3 posts in Southampton and 1 in Salisbury. (Updated Sept 2023)

Research Programmes

12 posts based in Southampton in one of the following research areas:

3 posts based in Bournemouth in one of the following research areas:

The clinical rotations for the 2-year Specialised foundation programmes can be downloaded here in an Excel spreadsheet. The same programmes can be found on the Oriel recruitment system. These rotations are fixed and cannot be changed.

20 September 2023: National application period opens.

04 October 2023 (12 midday BST): National application deadline.

10 October 2023 to 31 October 2023: KSS and Wessex longlisting and shortlisting takes place.

06 November 2023 to 10 November 2023: Shortlisted applicants invited to interview. Note we will be interviewing with a ration of 2.5:1 applicant to post.

21 November 2023 to 23 November 2023: Interviews for SFP posts. The interview will consist of station, to include 4 SFP based questions and 1 clinical scenario.

10 January 2024: National offers day. 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.

17 January 2024 to 2 February 2024: Cascade SFP national offers. Successful SFP 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.

05 February 2024 to 09 February 2024: SFP Clearing.

Applicants will have their application scored by a panel of two, with points awarded for the following and combined to give a total shortlist score.

White Space Questions: 0-10 points are available for each question (maximum score 60)

Applicants must answer all of the White Space Questions

Publications: Up to 9 points are available (maximum of 3 pieces of evidence)

Presentations: Up to 12 points are available (maximum of 3 pieces of evidence). Updated September 2023: Posters will only be accepted for conferences which dates are before the closing date of the SFP application window ( 4th October 2023).

Additional Degrees /Qualifications: Up to 5 points are available

Please click here for further information scoring criteria for Publications, Presentations and Additional degrees / Qualifications

PLEASE NOTE: We will not be including educational performance measure (decile points) in the shortlisting process.

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. 

Interviews for all Specialised Foundation Programmes for KSS and Wessex will be held on the following dates:

21 November 2023

22 November 2023

23 November 2023

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

Breakdown of scores (question scores)
Overall score
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.

All KSS and Wessex Preferences will be made online. Preference options will include the clinical rotations and the Specialised Programme area.

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

If you have any questions about the application process please email the relevant Foundation School on:

Kent Surrey & Sussex: KSSFoundationRecruitment.se@hee.nhs.uk

Wessex: Foundation.WX@hee.nhs.uk

For information relating the KSS Specialised Foundation Programme please visit the KSS Foundation School Website: kss.hee.nhs.uk/kss-foundation