Oxford Foundation School Welcome Event – Friday 13 March 2020

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Please note this is a temporary webpage while our permanent website at http://www.oxforddeanery.nhs.uk is experiencing technical issues 

All applicants who have been allocated to Oxford Foundation School to begin foundation training in August 2020 will be invited to attend.

Each of our trusts will host a display stand and applicants will be able to meet staff, Foundation Programme Directors and current F1 & F2 doctors and talk about the opportunities available during their foundation training. There will also be a presentation given by the Foundation School Director, Dr Anne Edwards. The Foundation School will host a stand and will be able to help answer any questions about foundation training in Oxford.

We hope that the Welcome Event will help applicants decide where they would like to work in the Thames Valley region, and with the process of ranking programmes on the online application system.

Please note: We would only be able to accommodate those who have been allocated to Oxford at the event, no guests due to limited space.


Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Road, Oxford, OX4 4XP http://www.thekassamstadium.com/


Registration 12:30, presentations to begin at 13:00


If you wish to contact a member of the Foundation School team please email foundation.tv@hee.nhs.uk

We hope to see you there!

F2 Stand-alone Programmes 2020: Update to Person Specification Criteria (Eligibility)

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OET results will be accepted as proof of English language skills

Further to the applicant guidance and person specification criteria that has been published for F2 Stand-alone posts due to commence in July / August 2020, applicants will also have the option to provide evidence of completion of the Occupational English Test (OET) to demonstrate satisfactory English language proficiency under the criteria for eligibility.

OET is an international English language test that assesses the language communication skills of healthcare professionals who seek to register and practise in an English-speaking environment, such as the NHS.

OET covers all four language skills with an emphasis on communication in a healthcare environment; listening, reading, writing and speaking. Applicants for F2 Stand-alone will be required to demonstrate evidence of a minimum score of 400 points in each of the four domains, and as part of a single sitting of the test. Evidence must be provided in the form of the official Statement of Results provided by the OET.

General Information – English Language Proficiency

For entry to F2 Stand-alone, applicants are required to have demonstrable skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking in English language that enable effective communication in clinical practice with patients and colleagues, as set out in the GMC’s Good Medical Practice (2013).

This can be demonstrated by providing one of the following: –

  • A valid IELTS certificate with a minimum score of 7.5 in each domain (speaking, listening, reading and writing). IELTS certificates must be dated no more than two years prior to the start of the programme and therefore no earlier than 5th August 2018.
  • Evidence of completion of OET with a minimum score of 400 in each domain (listening, reading, writing and speaking). OET Statement of Results must be dated no more than two years prior to the start of the programme and therefore no earlier than 5th August 2018.
  • Proof that your primary medical qualification has been undertaken solely in English, that all examinations undertaken were solely in English and that your primary medical qualification has included at least 75% of contact with patients in English
  • Evidence of employment as a doctor in an NHS organisation for a minimum of 3 months may be considered satisfactory. Please refer to appendices 4 and 5 of the applicant guidance for further information.

For general queries, please contact the UK Foundation Programme Office by email to helpdesk@foundationprogramme.nhs.uk

UKFPO Bulletin 5th December 2019

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Announcements from UKFPO

Offers for 2020 will be merit based and be cascaded through the programmes depending on what you have applied for.

  • If you were not allocated/did not apply to AFP the next programme you will be considered for is PFF.
  • If you were not allocated/did not apply for PFF then you will be considered for FPP.
  • If you were not allocated/did not apply for FPP then you will be considered for FP.

Upcoming Key Dates/Events

Nets Deadline6th December 2019
Genomic Medicine Service Event11th December 2019
Call for Papers Deadline for Foundation Programme Event (NACT) 16th December 2019
National Foundation Doctors Presentation Day10th January 2020
SMEC Poster Abstract Deadline16th February 2020
COPMeD Careers Conference28th February 2020
Foundation Programme Event27th March 2020
10th National Scottish Medical Education Conference30th April – 1st May 2020
2020 Academic Foundation Programme Conference7th may 2020

Call for Papers


http://nact.org.uk/getfile/8885 The deadline for the Call for Papers for the Foundation Programme Event held in London on 27th march 2020 has been extended to 5pm Monday 16th December 2020 to allow enough time for all submissions!


**F1 Induction Survey**

Dear Foundation Y1 Trainees,

Many thanks to those of you who participated in part one of the induction survey. This second survey is designed to provide further information which will be used to develop our induction programme for trainees in the future. We plan to share this information as widely as possible so your contribution could potentially make a significant difference to future trainees.

Please complete Part 2 whether you completed part 1 or not.

There is an opportunity to provide more in depth feedback as outlined in the final question.

To access the survey please log onto https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/F1-FollowUp2019

If possible, please complete the survey in one sitting since you will not be able to access it later. It should only take you approximately 5 minutes to complete. The questionnaire is anonymous and your thoughts and comments are greatly appreciated.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this questionnaire.

Yours faithfully,

Clare (DCr JCM van Hamel – Foundation School Director)

**National Education and Training Survey**

NETS is live – have your say!

We want to hear about your experiences on clinical placement. Please take the National Education and Training Survey (NETS). https://poll.hee.nhs.uk/s/BQONS/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialSignIn


**UK E-portfolios Update **

End of placement one

The majority of UK foundation doctors (FDs) rotate to their next placement on Wednesday 3 December.

Make sure the following are completed for placement one ideally by the end of December 2019:

  • SLEs: 3x Mini-CEX/DOPs and 2x CBD (or 5x LEARN)
  • CS/ES forms: 1x initial meeting with ES, 1s induction meeting with CS, 1x CS end of placement report, 1x ES end of placement report
  • Assessments: 1x TAB (for most – placement two acceptable for some), Core Procedures (F1s only), curriculum mapping/linking
  • Mandatory teaching: FDs should regularly be logging mandatory teaching
  • Guidance on all requirements and forms is on the UKFPO website

Training Opportunities

**The 2nd Annual Core Surgical Training Interview Course 2020**

Our 2nd Annual Core Surgical Training Interview Course at King’s College London in November is now fully booked. Due to the high demand of the course we are delighted to announce a second date to ensure all those interested receive the opportunity to attend. This will take place on Saturday 4th January 2020 in the Hodgekin Building, Guy’s Campus, London Bridge. Again, we will be running lectures, mock interviews and workshops, delivered by the highest ranking Core Surgical Trainees. The course had excellent feedback from 2018/19 with many of our candidates attaining run through/ top three jobs. The places are limited so if you are interested and want further information please email akahluwalia@doctors.org.uk. The deadline for applying for this course is Sunday 22nd December 2019.

**Neurosurgery ST1 Interview Course**

We are delighted to announce a Neurosurgery ST1 Interview Course. There are many of you applying for neurosurgery and we will be hosting a course consisting of insightful lectures, technical workshops and detailed feedback to give a high yield day of practice with successful Neurosurgery STs. It will take place on Saturday 11 January 2020 at Hodgekin Building, Guy’s campus, London Bridge. We are aware that the MSRA extends up to this date so if it causes a clash with many of you, we can try and make an adjustment. For further information please contact akahluwalia@doctors.org.uk.

Volunteer Opportunities

**The Social Mobility Foundation**

The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) is a charity which aims to make a practical improvement in social mobility for young people from low-income backgrounds. The SMF was founded in 2005 by Linkson Jack (who served as Chief Executive until January 2009) in order to provide opportunities and networks of support for 16-17 year olds who are unable to get them from their schools or families. More than ten years on, the first students supported by us have gone on to be successful in achieving degrees and graduate entry jobs.  As well as extending support to students throughout university across our 11 career sectors (Accountancy, Architecture, Banking & Finance, Biology & Chemistry, Business, Digital, Engineering & Physics, Law, Media & Communications, Medicine, or Politics) we now run programmes to support young people wherever they live in the UK.

There are many ways to get involved with The Social Mobility Foundation and support talented young people from less privileged backgrounds to secure places at universities and get into careers which match their abilities. For more information, visit their website.

Taster Sessions

Have you considered a taster session in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics (CPT)?

  • Clinical pharmacology is a dynamic medical specialty promoting the safe, effective and efficient use of medicines within the NHS
  • CPT trainees and consultants have diverse exciting roles in clinical practice, education, policy and research
  • Key NHS priorities are tackling inappropriate polypharmacy and the development of precision medicine and pharmacogenomics
  • Other roles include prescribing education, running of clinical trials, managing patients with poisoning and overdose, and contributing to drug regulation and safety through local policy and national organisations e.g. NICE/MHRA
  • Trainees are encouraged to develop a therapeutic area of specialism as part of a flexible portfolio training scheme

For more information on arranging a taster session to be at the forefront of medical training in this unique specialty, please contact mailto:andrew.scourfield@nhs.net to be connected with your local clinical pharmacology centre

To learn more about Clinical Pharmacology click here

Seminars, Conferences, Information Sessions and Events

**Invitation to NHS Genomic Medicine Service event**

Please hold the date of Wednesday 11 December 2019, 10am – 4pm in your diaries for an all-day workshop in central London to celebrate the work of the NHS Genomic Medicine Service over the past year and hear about and discuss future plans.

We are hoping that there will be an opening address from health minister Baroness Nicola Blackwood. Other confirmed speakers include Professor Dame Sue Hill, Professor Sir Mark Caulfield and Chris Wigley – recently appointed CEO of Genomics England Ltd. Further details of the venue, the agenda and how to register for places will be shared in due course.

** 10th National Scottish Medical Education Conference- 30 April & 1 May – Poster Abstract Submissions **

Do you have an interest in medical education? Submit your poster abstracts for the 10th National Scottish Medical Education Conference to be held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on the 30 April & 1 May 2020.

Deadline for submission: Midnight, Sunday 16 February 2020

We invite submissions in the following categories:
Training Delivery
Simulated & Online Learning
New Perspectives and Novel Methods in Medical Education and Training
Medical Careers – Structure & Support
Interprofessional Education 


The top three highest scoring abstracts will be selected for a short oral presentation at the conference.

 The three highest scoring posters in each category will be awarded “Poster of Distinction”.

One poster from each category will be awarded “Best Poster” following judging panel discussion during the conference.

Please send abstracts to: medicalconf@nes.scot.nhs.uk

Successful abstracts will be announced week commencing 16 March 2020.

We are pleased to announce the upcoming 2020 UKFPO Academic Foundation Programme Conference will be held 7th May 2020 at the University of Bristol.

Who should attend? The conference will be trainee-focused and will be of interest to academically minded medical students, Foundation trainees and any faculty or more senior colleagues who are involved in academic Foundation trainees. We hope the event will be of immediate practical assistance to any colleague following an academic career path, and those who are advising them.

Themes of academic research, education and leadership training will be included. There will be a focus on trainees themselves and their experiences.

Further details will be sent out in due course but in the meantime we would be grateful to you could please …

  1. Save the date to your diary. 
  2. Circulate this message and/or the attached flyer (also available in the link above) via your networks to medical students, Foundation trainees, ACFs and Faculty of all grades who are involved with Foundation trainees or academic training

If you are interested in attending please email:  helpdesk@foundationprogramme.nhs.uk

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh Education & events programme can be found here: Education and Events programme 2019-2020

2020 Academic Conference – Thursday 7th May 2020

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The University of Bristol is hosting the Academic Foundation Programme Conference at the Wills Memorial building on 7th May 2020.

This conference is trainee-centred. It will be of interest to academically minded medical students, Foundation trainees. We also encourage any faculty or Senior colleagues who are involved in academic Foundation training to come to the AFP conference. We hope the event is of immediate practical assistance to any colleague following an academic career path and those who are advising them.

The conference includes themes of academic research, education and leadership training . There is a focus on trainees themselves and their experiences.

Registration is open for abstract submissions. Please visit the registration page below for further details.

National AFP Conference Flyer
National AFP Conference Program
National AFP Speaker and Faculty Biographies
If you are interested in attending the conference, please visit the registration page on the University of Bristol website

COPMeD Careers Conference 2020 – Friday 28th February 2020

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COPMeD is the Conference Of Postgraduate Medical Deans (UK). It provides a focus for those responsible for the strategic overview and operational delivery of postgraduate medical training in the United Kingdom. By ensuring excellent training, it is a key player in maintaining quality of care and patient safety. The next COPMeD conference will be February 2020.

National Foundation Doctor's Presentation Day – Friday 10th January 2020

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The National Foundation Doctor’s Presentation Day is a free, annual event hosted by the Severn Foundation School and supported by the UKFPO. It displays work completed by current Foundation Doctors from across the UK and Malta as oral and poster presentations under the categories; Quality Improvement, Education, Sustainability, Research/Original Work, and Case Reports. Please note abstracts on work undertaken during medical school will not be accepted.

The presentation day will take place at Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel & Spa, Redcliffe Hill, BS1 6SQ on Friday 10th January 2020. The abstract submission window will open on Thursday 15th August 2019 and close at midnight on Thursday 31st October 2019. The link to the application form can be found here.

Multiple applications will be accepted up to a maximum of three abstracts per presenting author. Oral presentations will be 10 minutes exactly, 8 minutes to present and 2 minutes for questions. Trainees presenting posters will be given 3 minutes to verbally summarise their work for the judges. Posters should be printed as A2 size only, if trainees bring a poster bigger than the required size, they may not be able to present on the day.

All abstracts submitted will be considered for both oral and poster presentations.

Once a trainee has submitted their abstract, it will go through a shortlisting process. If the submission is successful, the authors will be notified of their category and presentation time, and invited to register for the event. All presentations will be judged by a panel and a prize will be given to the winner of each category.

Speakers and judges in attendance will be from key stakeholder groups including Foundation School Directors and Foundation Programme Directors from across the country as well as delegates from a variety of organisations such as the UKFPO, GMC, HEE, MDU, MPS, NICE, BMA, HQIP and NCEPOD and the Royal Colleges.

If you have any further queries with regards to the event, please email the Severn Foundation School on SEVFoundation.SW@hee.nhs.uk or call on 01454 252 669.