Foundation Recruitment

All recruitment to foundation programmes in the UK is a national online process. Details of the application process are available on the UK Foundation Programme (UKFPO) website. Online applications are made via Oriel.

We recommend that you read the UKFPO applicants handbook. This and information on applying for pre-allocation, linked applications, right to work, visas, supporting trainees entering practice (STEP) and inter-foundation school transfers (IFST) are all available on the UKFPO website.

KSS Foundation School Pre-Allocations for Personal Circumstances

Please be advised that the criteria and guidelines differ for each Foundation School, and therefore please refer to the website of the Foundation School of application for their specific criteria

Standard Foundation Programmes (FP)

All applicants must apply for the two-year Foundation programme through the national FP vacancy on Oriel, which can be accessed via Oriel during the national application window.

Standard Foundation Programmes can be found here

There are 2 foundation schools,

Kent, Surrey and Sussex foundation school- recruitment will be managed by the London Foundation School for all 2023 standard foundation programmes

London Foundation School

The London Foundation School website contains detailed information about programmes, policies, processes and timelines.  You may access the website at the following address; London Medical Training

For more information, please contact the London recruitment team via the applicant support portal

Doctors wishing to apply to train in KSS will be able to preference programmes under the following Groups:

– KSS West

– KSS Central

– KSS East

Foundation Priority Programmes (FPP)

All applicants must apply for the two-year Foundation programme through the national FP vacancy on Oriel

Please note: Unfortunately due to service reconfigurations, the FPPs on offer at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust have changed since the Oriel publication deadline and therefore differs from what is shown on this KSS website and in the KSS FPP prospectus.

All information in the KSS FPP Prospectus, and the link below is correct at time of press and should be used when preferencing FPPs for 2023/24.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Please contact KSSFoundationRecruitment.se@hee.nhs.uk for further information.

Foundation Priority Programmes can be found here

Foundation Priority Programme Prospectus

Please note that the London Foundation School will be managing all 2023 recruitment to Foundation priority Programmes in KSS

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 and sometimes offer a range of incentives.

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.

For the Foundation Priority Programmes Recruitment Timeline Please refer to the UKFPO website

The London Foundation School website contains detailed information about programmes, policies, processes, and timelines.  You may access the website at the following address; London Medical Training

For more information, please contact the London recruitment team via the applicant support portal

Please refer to the national UKFPO published guidance on the UKFPO website for more detailed information.


Specialised Foundation Programme (SFP) Recruitment 2023

KSS and Wessex, have been developed as a joint specialised unit of application (SUoA) for 2023 Specialised Foundation Programme Recruitment. Applicants can apply for both KSS & Wessex Specialised Foundation Programmes (the Oriel Recruitment system).

Clinical academic medicine is an exciting, fundamental and indispensable career. Clinical Academics play a significant role in producing and evaluating evidence to design and “translate” novel treatments and best practice into optimal patient care.

The Specialised Foundation Programme is the first component of post-graduate training in clinical academia following medical school training, where doctors with an interest in an academic career can gain exposure to the clinical academic environment and obtain experience in research skills relevant to enhancing patient care.

Specialised Foundation Programmes combine clinical training with training in research methods, and includes a four-month academic placement during F2.

The role of clinical academics is to combine research and/or teaching with clinical practice, hence great emphasis is placed upon acquiring strong clinical skills as well as high quality research training during the course of the programme.