The program was founded in 2011 as an EPIET-associated program, and it was accredited by TEPHINET in the first accreditation round. It is hosted by Public Health England and recruits four to six FETP fellows a year, two of which are currently funded by the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team. The program director is supported by two scientific coordinators.
As of the end of August 2017, fellows of the UK FETP had contributed to 68 manuscripts and 170 oral and poster presentations in national and international conferences. As of the end of 2017, they have contributed to 140 outbreak investigations, established 15 surveillance systems, and worked on 66 research projects. UK-FETP fellows and staff have also been involved in 30 international missions.