Presentation on theme: "Applying to FP/AFP 2015 Published June 2014"— Presentation transcript:
1 Applying to FP/AFP 2015 Published June 2014 This presentation provides an overview of the process for applying to the Foundation Programme and Academic Foundation Programme commencing in August 2015.For the full details, you should read the FP/AFP 2015 Applicant’s Handbook
2 Key dates for FP/AFP 2014 14 Jul – 15 Aug 2014 Eligibility checking View Academic programmes on FPAS29 Sept 2014Register on FPAS and confirm nominated applicants. View outline of programmes*6-17 Oct 2014FP and AFP applications submitted20 Oct 2014 – 16 Jan 2015AFP local short-listing and interviews5 Dec 2014, 9 Jan 20151st & 2nd SJT dates21 Jan – 18 Feb 2015AFP offers period20 February 2015Final programmes available to view onFPAS5 March 2015FP primary list allocated to UoA8 Apr 2015FP primary list matched to programmesMay – Jul 2015FP reserve list batch allocations*Add explanation re changes to programmes between august and February
3 Information about programmes To meet evolving healthcare and patient needs, the medical education framework and UK-wide NHS services are subject to constant review. In their recent review, HEE mandated that at least 80% of foundation doctors will undertake a community/integrated placement as part of their Foundation Programme by August 2015 (England only). Over the next year, LETBs will be working towards achieving this requirement. Consequently, there will be a delay in UoAs uploading their finalised FP 2015 programmes to FPAS. To provide FP 2015 applicants with as much information as possible, an example list of programmes will be available for applicants to view on 29 September 2014 when FPAS opens for registration and enrolment. This list is representative of programmes which are typically available at a particular UoA (based on previous years) and will be subject to change. Some UoAs may be able to provide a finalised list at this stage; if so, this will be clearly indicated on FPAS. All UoAs will provide a final list of all FP 2015 programmes viewable on FPAS by 20 February 2015, before the primary list allocations take place, and before applicants are required to rank their programmes.Broadening the FP report
4 FP/AFP 2015 national process UK medical schools and UKFPO’s Eligibility Office nominate applicants and provide EPM decile scoresApplicants register on FPAS and confirm nominationApplicants complete the online application form, including supplementary information to support AFP applicationsEducational achievements scores are verified by panelsShort-listed AFP applicants attend interviewsAll applicants take the SJT (selection assessment for FP 2015)AFP offers are issued to the highest scoring AFP applicantsSJT scores uploaded centrallyFP allocation to Unit of Application (UoA)* takes placeFP reserve list batch allocations take place (as required)*A UoA comprises one or more foundation schools that are grouped together for the purposes of processingapplications. The groupings for processing AFP applications may be different and these are referred to as AcademicUnits of Application (AUoA).
5 FP/AFP 2015 national process (cont) If, as expected, there are more eligible applicants than vacancies, applications from individuals who cannot provide evidence of their right to work and remain in the UK will not be consideredIf, at the end of the AFP offers period, there are more FP applicants than places, the highest scoring FP applicants will be included on the primary list. Those not on the primary list will be included automatically on the reserve listExceptionally low SJT scores will be reviewedFor more information on the FP/AFP 2015 national application process go to the UKFPO website:Where applicants have the same score, the system will randomly select the order for allocation of applicants with that score.Further information on the review process for exceptionally low SJT scores will be published on the UKFPO website by 1 December.
6 FP/AFP 2015 application process NATIONAL ProcessesEligibility checkingNominating eligible applicantsOnline application form (FPAS)Verifying educational achievements scoresSJT scores, plus low score reviewAFP offers timetableFP allocation to UoAFP reserve list batch allocationsYour UK medical school or the UKFPO Eligibility Office will liaise with you regarding arrangements for sitting the SJTEach Academic UoA will have their own timetable for short-listing and interviews. For more information on local timetables refer to the relevant AUoA websiteMatching to a specific programme can only be completed once you are allocated to a UoAEach UoA will match to programmes locally. For more information on how local matching is completed, go to your allocated UoA’s website.LOCAL ProcessesSJT arrangements (medical school)AFP short-listing, interviews and offersFP matching to programmesPre-employment checks
7 Scoring applications 100 points maximum Part 1 Educational Performance Measure (EPM)50 points maximumPart 2SJT (selection assessment for FP 2014)7
8 Scoring applications - EPM Part 1Educational Performance Measure (EPM) - 50 points (max)EPM score comprises:EPM decile score (up to 43 points)Calculated by each medical schoolFirst decile (the top 10% of the year) = 43 pointsTenth decile = 34 pointsYou will be able to see your EPM decile score once you are confirmed as a nominated applicant on FPASEducational achievements score (up to 7 points)Calculated from information provided on your application formAdditional degree = up to 5 pointsPublications = up to 2 pointsYou will be able to view your verified educational achievements score on FPAS from 28 October 20148
9 EPM decile scoreEach UK medical school will divide its year group into 10 equal groups (deciles) based on performance in a number of assessments, as agreed with its studentsYour UK medical school will supply your EPM decile score and it will be uploaded onto FPASIf you are applying through the Eligibility Office, your EPM decile score will be calculated from the medical school ranking information provided on your Dean’s StatementYour EPM decile score will be available to you on FPAS once you register and confirm you are a nominated applicantIf your EPM decile score shown on FPAS is not as you expect, contact your UK medical school or the Eligibility Office as soon as possible. Changes to the decile score must be made as soon as possible and cannot be made after 17 December 2014.
10 Educational achievements score Based on the information you enter on your application form, FPAS will allocate a provisional scoreA panel will verify the provisional score against the information you entered and the evidence you uploadedThe panel will amend the provisional score if necessary*Panels will comprise medical school and foundation school administrative staffA panel will not see any other sections of your application formYour verified score for educational achievements will be available to view on FPAS from 28 October 2014*Verifiers will only decrease scores, therefore if you choose mistakenlya degree classification that is worth less points your score will NOT be increasedPresentations no longer qualify for points – only publications*If you choose a degree classification that is worth less points i.e. you achieved a 2.1 but mistakenly chose a 2.2 from the drop down list your application, your score will NOT be increased even if your evidence supports that you achieved a 2.1.If the evidence you provide for any educational achievements is in a different name to the one given on your application for, the question ‘previous family name/surname’ will be verifiedIf you have changed your surname for any reason, you must answer the above question in the ‘Personal’ section of the application form otherwise 0 points will be awarded for the educational achievement as it will not be possible to verify it is your achievement10
11 Scoring applications - SJT Part 2SJT (selection assessment for FP 2015) - 50 points(maximum)Once all SJT answer sheets are completed they will be marked nationallyThe range of marks across all applicants will be translated to a 0-50 point scale, with the scaling method designed to reflect a 50:50 weighting between the SJT and EPMExceptionally low SJT scores will be reviewed.It is anticipated that only 0.0 – 0.5% of applicants will achieve an exceptionally low SJT scoreExceptionally low SJT scores will be reviewed and there is a possibility that they may be withdrawn from the national application process. Details of the process for reviewing low scoring applications and withdrawing affected applicants will be published as soon as possible, and no later than 1 December 2014 (i.e. prior to the date of the first SJT).11
12 Distribution of SJT/EPM scores from FP 2014 These graphs demonstrate how the EPM and SJT are equally weighted despite being scored on different scales (by demonstrating the distribution of both scores for FP 2014). An applicant can score anywhere between 34 and 50 points for the EPM and anywhere between 0.00 and points for the SJT. The scores from each of these measures are combined to provide a total score and this is what determines the applicant’s ranking. It is the distribution of scores across this scale which affects the weighting of the two measures, not the scale itself. For a full explanation see Appendix 3 of the Applicant’s Handbook.EPM pointsSJT points
13 Getting started (from 29 September 2014) Register and confirm nomination on FPASYou must register on FPAS before you can apply:You should register with the address supplied to FPAS by your UK medical school or the Eligibility OfficeA once-only password will be ed to youYou must change the password and then use your selected password for all future loginsTo confirm you are a nominated applicant, you must type your details exactly as supplied to FPAS by your UK medical school or the Eligibility OfficeWhen you are confirmed as a nominated applicant, you can access the application form from 6 October 2014
14 The application form (6–17 October 2014) You must complete and submit your application form on FPAS between 6 October and midday UK time on 17 October 2014Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstancesThe application form is divided into sections:Personal (name, contact details, etc)Qualifications (educational qualifications)Clinical Skills (self assessment of practical and clinical skills)Equal Opportunities (equal opportunities monitoring information)Referees (details of 2 referees)Educational achievements (details and evidence to claim points)UoA Preferences (ranking of all UoAs in order of preference)Academic selection (if applying to AFP, selection of up to 2 AUoAs)Declaration (includes declarations)FPAS will prevent you from submitting your application if any sections are not completeClinical skills – this section is not used to assess you as part of the application process; it is only used by foundation schools for the purpose of coordinating your trainingReferees – References are not taken into account when allocating you to a UoA; they are collected on behalf of your employer as part of pre-employment checks
15 Linked applicationsYou may link your application to another applicant’s in order for you both to be allocated to the same UoAYou and the other applicant must link to each other and you must rank the UoAs in the same order of preferenceIf you are both on the primary list, you will both be allocated based on the lower of your individual scoresYou cannot “un-link” once your application is submittedSome UoAs will not guarantee that linked applicants are in the same area. Check UoA websites for more information on their policiesThe link will be severed if either or both of you accepts an AFP offerThe link will be severed if either or both of you are on the reserve listSome schools endeavour to place linked applicants within an hour’s commute of each other, others don’t check individual school websites for their policy.You cannot link to a military applicants or someone applying to specialty or any other medical training programme; only to another foundation applicant
16 Special Circumstances If necessary, you can request pre-allocation to a particular UoA on the grounds of special circumstances:Criterion 1: You are a parent or legal guardian of a child or children under the age of 18 who resides primarily with you and for whom you have significant caring responsibilitiesCriterion 2: You are the primary carer for someone who is disabled (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) (expected to be a partner, sibling or parent)Criterion 3: You have a medical condition or disability for which on-going follow up in the specified location is an absolute requirementRequests and supporting evidence must be submitted to your UK medical school or the Eligibility Office by 17 October 2014Important: if you do not rank your requested UoA as first choice on FPAS then your special circumstances application will not be consideredPre-allocation is not applicable for AFP applicationsMore information about the special circumstances process and the form are available on the UKFPO websiteIf you are applying for special circumstances at a particular Foundation School you must rank this Foundation School first in your preferences during your application to the Foundation Programme. Failure to do so will result in your special circumstances application not being considered
17 Educational Achievements The application form is divided into 9 sections:Personal (name, contact details, etc)Qualifications (educational qualifications)Clinical skills (self assessment of your own practical and clinical skills)Equal opps (equal opportunities monitoring information)Referees (details of 2 referees)Educational achievements (details and evidence)UoA preferences (ranking all UoAs in order of preference)Academic selection (if applying for AFP, selection of up to 2 AUoAs)DeclarationThis is the only section that will be seen by the verification panels
18 Educational Achievements (cont) PART A – Additional degree (max. 5 points)Additional degrees include Bachelors, Masters and Doctorates, regardless of the subjectA score is given for one additional degree onlyIf you have an MA and a PhD, you should enter details of the PhD as it attracts the highest number of pointsMore points are awarded for better class degreesFor example, a 1st class BSc degree will attract more points than a 3rd class degreeYou need to upload a copy of your degree certificateA letter from the dean/registrar confirming the pass has been ratified by the exam board is acceptable if your certificate has not been issuedEducational achievements must be awarded before the close of the application period. For degrees, this means the degree result must have been ratified by the examination board before 17 October Evidence required to prove this is available in the Applicant’s Handbook.
19 Educational Achievements (cont) PART B: Publications (max. 2 points)You can claim points for:Publications (must have a PubMed ID)Two points available in totalYou need to upload evidence for each achievementThe FP/AFP 2015 Applicant’s Handbook gives details of theevidence required for all educational achievements, available atPresentations have been removed for FP 2015 applications. You can enter up to two publications.
20 UoA PreferencesAll applicants must rank all UoAs in order of preferenceYou must do this even if you intend to apply for an academic programmeIf your AFP application is not successful, you will be included in the FP allocation automaticallyYou must do this even if you have been approved for pre-allocation to a particular UoA for special circumstancesIf you are not on the primary list, it may not be possible to honour your pre-allocation
21 UoA Preferences (cont) Check the FP/AFP 2015 Applicant’s Handbook for competition ratios for FP 2014Check UoA/foundation school websites for local policiesView an outline of individual programmes in each UoA on FPAS from 29 September 2014Linked applicants must rank the UoAs in the same order of preference or the link is brokenFor FP 2014 over 92% of applicants were allocated to one of their top 5 choices
22 Academic SelectionIf you indicate you wish to apply for an Academic Foundation Programme (AFP), you will be asked to select one or two AUoAs that you wish to apply toOnce you have selected your AUoA(s), you will be invited to note any further academic achievements you have (over and above the ones included in the Educational Achievements section)Further sections will be added to your application for each AUoA selected:Additional informationAFP programme preferencesIf you apply to two AUoAs:You do not have to list them in order of preferenceNeither will know which other AUoA you applied to
23 AFP Additional Information Each AUoA will determine what additional information it wishes to receive from its applicants, up to 6 itemsThere is space on the application form for you to supply the information requested by the AUoA(s) you selectIf an AUoA requires a copy of your CV, you will need to upload itAUoAs will have the option of using three common items provided by the UKFPO and up to three of their own; or can just use up to six of their own.If the AUoAs you apply to use the common items, you are able to use the same answer for both. However, please be aware that it is possible that you may be awarded different points for the same answer, as schools will score your answers based on their own criteria. It is possible you could be short-listed for one and not the other.
24 AFP Programme Preferences You will need to rank the Academic programmes available in each AUoA you select before you can submit your applicationYou do not need to rank all the programmes if there are some you know you will not acceptHowever, the fewer you rank the lower your chance of receiving an AFP offerHighest scoring AFP applicants will receive offers first from each AUoAIf higher scoring applicants decline these offers, they will then be offered to lower scoring applicants during the cascade processIf all the programmes you ranked were offered to higher scoring applicants, you will only receive an offer if the higher scoring applicants decline any of these offers.
25 Processing AFP applications Local short-listing and interviewsEach AUoA will:undertake its own short-listing according to local criteriainvite its own short-listed applicants to attend an interviewdetermine its own interview criteriaassign a local score to each applicant it interviewsThe AUoA score is added to your EPM score to give your total AFP application ranking scoreEach AUoA is responsible for its own local short listing and interview process; the UKFPO is not involved in this part of the academic application process.If you are invited for an interview for an academic programme you MUST provide evidence of the educational achievements you claimed on your AFP application.
26 Processing AFP applications (cont) AFP offersHighest scoring AFP applicants will receive offers first from each AUoAIf higher scoring applicants decline these offers, they will then be offered to lower scoring applicantsThere is a strict timetable for accepting/declining AFP offersIMPORTANT: You should familiarise yourself with the AFP offers timetable given in the FP/AFP 2015 Applicant’s Handbook: add the dates for your diaryAll AFP offers are subject to a satisfactory SJT scoreIf you accept an AFP offer, you are excluded from the FP allocationIf you do not secure an AFP post, you will be included in the FP allocation automaticallyA satisfactory SJT score means that you are not withdrawn from the national process due to an exceptionally low SJT score.
27 Sitting the SJT (selection assessment FP 2015) All applicants to the Foundation Programme and the Academic Foundation Programme commencing in August 2015 must sit the SJT in the UK on either:Friday, 5 December 2014 at 2.00 pmFriday, 9 January 2015 at amDefence Deanery applicants are also required to sit the SJT. However, they do not have to complete the national application formYour UK medical school or the Eligibility Office will contact you to let you know which date/s is/are available to youIt is your responsibility to know the time and venue of your SJT, and to arrive on time regardless of the mode of transport you useThere are many commercial courses and books available which offer to prepare you for the SJT; however the UKFPO does not endorse any of these resources. The UKFPO practice paper is the only official resource that will prepare you to take the test.
28 Sitting the SJT (cont)You must sit the SJT on the date for which you are registeredThe SJT is a measure of meeting the attributes required to be a foundation doctor, as defined in the national FP personal specificationIt is not an assessment of your clinical knowledge and cannot be revised for, although you can prepare for it.You should be familiar with Good Medical Practice (2013) and the attributes expected of a foundation doctor (monograph).You should also practice responding to different question formats using the practice paper and OMR answer sheet available on the UKFPO website
29 Sitting the SJT (cont)You must take the following with you on the day:Two HB or 2B pencils, an eraser and a pencil sharpener. A transparent ruler is optional.Current, photographic IDYour SJT booking confirmation (if you applied through the Eligibility Office)You may also wish to take a transparent rulerYour ID will be checked on the day at the SJT venueAt the end of the test you must return both your answer sheet and the question paperRemoval of question papers is strictly forbiddenNo other materials, including dictionaries and electronic devices, are permitted in the SJT venueSome applicants last year found it helpful to use a ruler as an aid to complete the answer sheet – this is entirely optional, but a transparent ruler may be taken into the test hallRemoval of the question paper from the SJT venue (or failure to comply with the invigilator’s instructions) will result in your application being withdrawn from the process.
30 The SJT answer sheetYou must complete the answer sheet within the time allowed – you will not receive any credit for answers recorded elsewhere i.e. on the question paperFill in the question sheet neatly and do not make any stray marks on the sheetThe next slide shows how to complete your answer sheet correctlyThe following slides then show some of the more common examples of answer sheets which were not completed properly last year, and which prevented the scanner from recording the response given.If the scanner is unable to record the response given, this slows down the entire scanning process and a judgement is required.
31 SJT answer sheet This is an example of a correctly completed
32 Example 2Marks outsidethe lines providedSee number 18, line C
36 What happens if… …I require adjustments for the SJT? You may request reasonable adjustments to the format of the SJT on the grounds of a disability, health condition or impairment, or other (e.g. religious observance)You should contact your UK medical school or the Eligibility Office as soon as possible, and no later than 1st October 2014 to submit a form requesting Reasonable Adjustments to the SJT.
37 What happens if …I require adjustments for the SJT? (cont) Reasonable adjustments for the SJT may not always be precisely the same as the adjustments accommodated during your educationRefer to the SJT Reasonable Adjustments Guidance document and form on the UKFPO websiteThe SJT is a selection assessment for employment
38 What happens if ….…I can’t attend the SJT on the date for which I’m registered?If a severe and exceptional event means you can’t sit the SJT, you must submit an Extenuating Circumstances claim with supporting evidence to your UK medical school or the Eligibility Office at the earliest opportunityIf you cannot submit your evidence in advance, you have up to one working day after the date of the SJT to submit itIf you arrive more than 30 minutes late or fail to turn up, and do not have a valid extenuating circumstances claim, you will not be allowed to sit the SJT at all and will be withdrawn from the application processFor more information, read the SJT Extenuating Circumstances Guidance on the UKFPO websiteIf you have approved extenuating circumstances for the SJT on 9 January 2015, you will be allowed to sit the SJT on the contingency date of 16 January 2015 at am
39 More information about the SJT The following information is available on the UKFPO website:Frequently asked questions and answersAn introductory videoA practice SJT paperA monographInformation about the design and development of the EPM and SJT, including evaluations of the pilots and live use of the SJT, is available on the Improving Selection to the Foundation Programme (ISFP) project website:
40 Processing FP applications Primary and reserve listIf, as anticipated, there are more fully eligible applicants than places, applications from individuals who cannot provide evidence of their right to work in UK will not be consideredIf, at the end of the AFP offers period, there are more FP applicants than vacancies, the ‘n’ highest scoring applicants will be placed on the primary list (where ‘n’ is the number of FP 2015 vacancies across the UK)If there are a number of applicants with the same score at the primary list cut-off, random selection will decide which ones are included on the primary listIf you are not on the primary list you will be included automatically on the reserve list
41 Processing FP applications (cont) Primary List allocation (5 March 2015)Applicants on the primary list who have been approved for pre-allocation to a particular UoA (special circumstances) will be allocated before other primary list applicantsApplicants on the primary list will be allocated to UoAs in score orderLinked applicants will be allocated based on the lower score of the linked pairWhen it is your turn to be allocated, FPAS will look at your first choice UoA and allocate you there if there is a place availableIf all the places are filled in your first choice UoA, the system will look at your second choice, and so on down your list of preferences until a space is availableIf you are on the primary list and have been approved for pre-allocation to a particular UoA on the grounds of special circumstances, you will be allocated to that UoA before other applicants are allocated.
42 Processing FP applications (cont) Reserve list batch allocation (May – Jul 2015)Following the primary list allocation, it is expected that a number of allocated applicants will withdraw from the process, e.g. they fail final exams, fail PLAB, etcReserve list applicants will be allocated to these vacancies in batches on pre-determined dates between May and July 2015Applicants in each batch will be allocated to a UoA in score orderApplicants included in each batch who are approved for pre-allocation (special circumstances) will only be allocated to the particular UoA if a place is available in the batchIf you are on the reserve list and have been approved for pre-allocation to a particular UoA, you will only be allocated to that UoA if there is a place available when it is your turn to be allocatedIf there is no place available at the particular UoA, you will be allocated to a different UoA according to the places available, your score and your order of preference
43 Local matching to programmes Primary list applicantsIf you are on the primary list, you will be invited to state your programme preferences by your allocated UoA by a given deadlineUoAs each have their own process for matching applicants to programmesSome UoAs may choose to use a two-stage matching processCheck the UoA/foundation school websites for more information. (Most UoAs match to programmes based on score first, then preferences - highest scoring applicants get first pick)Reserve list applicantsIf you are on the reserve list, you will be matched to whichever programme is available when you are allocated to a UoA
44 Pre-employment checks Pre-employment checks include Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks, and occupational health checksThey may also include a locally conducted, structured interview or local assessment of clinical skillsThese checks are undertaken on behalf of the employing healthcare organisationContracts of employment will not be issued until pre-employment checks are successfully completedThese checks begin as soon as you accept an AFP offer or are matched to an FP programme
45 Referees You must provide details of two referees: one clinical refereeone medical school/academic refereeOnce provided by your referees, references are passed to employers as part of pre-employment checksReferences and their content are not used to assess your application, nor are they used in deciding who gets offered an AFP or matching you to an FP programmeIf one or both of you referees does not submit a reference on FPAS it will not affect your application; any missing references will be collected later by your employing healthcare organisationSee the FP/AFP 2015 Applicant’s Handbook for more information
46 Transfer of Information The GMC’s Tomorrow’s Doctors (2009) places an obligation on UK medical schools to ensure graduates meet the outcomes required and to transfer information to those who may need it during their foundation trainingUK medical schools or the Eligibility Office will provide more details about the Transfer Of Information (TOI) process and will request you complete a TOI formThe national TOI process and forms can be found on the UKFPO website under “Transfer of Information Procesas”
47 Employment contractsYour employing healthcare organisation is responsible for all contractual issues including:PayBandingRotasAccommodation (if applicable)Shadowing and inductionIn England, check the NHS Employers website for more information:
48 Data securityPersonal data is protected under data protection legislationThe Foundation Programme Application System (FPAS) is secure and has undergone rigorous checksYour information is held on a secure database and is only accessible to those that need to process your applicationYou information is passed to your employer by your allocated UoA once you have been matched to a programmeYour data will be anonymised before it is used for research or evaluation purposes, unless you have given your permission for personalised data to be shared
49 Important dates 5 June 2014 FP/AFP 2015 Applicant’s Handbook available 26 Aug 2014 AFP programmes available to view on FPAS29 Sept 2014 You can register on FPAS and confirm you are nominatedOutline of programmes available to view on FPASOct 2014 FP and AFP application period Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances
50 Important dates (cont) 20 Oct 2014 – 16 Jan 2015 AFP local short-listing and interviews5 Dec 2014 and 9 Jan st and 2nd SJT dates21 Jan – 18 Feb AFP offers period20 February Final programmes available to view on FPAS5 Mar Primary list applicants allocated to UoAs
51 Important dates (cont) 5 Mar – 8 Apr Primary list applicants state programme preferences (deadlines and methods will vary by UoA)8 Apr Primary list applicants matched to programmesMay – Jul Reserve list batch allocations
52 Planning and preparation You should:Print and read the FP 2015 national person specification and the FP/AFP 2015 Applicant’s Handbook available online now atStart collecting the required evidence for your educational achievements (i.e. additional degree and publications)Identify a GP, consultant or associate specialist who you can ask to provide a reference about your clinical skillsIdentify a lecturer, senior lecturer, professor or reader at your medical school who you can ask to provide a medical school referenceAsk your referees to supply an address they access regularly52
53 Planning and preparation (cont) Register on FPAS as soon as the system is available, i.e. from 29 September 2014, remembering to use the address you provided to your UK medical school or the Eligibility OfficeMake sure you know exactly how your details were supplied to FPAS by your UK medical school or the Eligibility OfficeConfirm you are a nominated applicant as soon as possible after registering your FPAS account
54 Planning and preparation (cont) Ensure you submit your application before the last morning of the application period to avoid any last minute problems with your local PC or internet connection that may prevent you submitting itRemember: late applications will not be accepted under any circumstancesNote that technical support is available via Monday to Friday, 8.00 am – 6.30 pm (BST). This is particularly important if you are submitting your application from overseas where they may be a significant time difference
55 What happens if . . .. . . more people apply than there are FP vacancies available?This situation is anticipatedIn this instance, applications from individuals who cannot provide evidence of their right to work in the UK by 15 January 2015 will not be consideredThe ‘n’ highest scoring applicants will be placed on the primary list and allocated to UoAs on 5 March 2015 (where ‘n’ = the total number of FP places across the UK)Other eligible applicants will be placed on a reserve list and allocated in batches in score order to vacancies that arise between May and July 2015(vacancies typically arise due to failed finals or not passing PLAB, etc)
56 What happens if . . .. . . there are not enough applicants for all the FP vacancies?This situation is known as under-subscription and is not expected for FP 2015If under-subscription is significant, a percentage of posts will be suspended in each UoA in England to help ensure an even fill-rate across the countryPosts will not be suspended in Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland
57 Where to go for more info Go toFor further details on the application processFor answers to frequently asked questionsFor a list of UoAs and AUoAs with web linksTo sign up for regular e-updates