Primary Care & Public Health Conference – 13th – 14th May 2020

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Primary Care & Public Health is the UK’s leading clinical conference and exhibition held for professionals working in primary care, community and public health.

Being held on the 13th-14th, May 2020 at the NEC Birmingham, we expect over 6,000 healthcare professionals to attend, for two days of CPD learning & networking along with product and service sourcing from exhibitors.

For further information follow this link or visit the Primary Care Health website.

Specialty Recruitment Webinars – Autumn 2020

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A series of webinars have been organised to provide Foundation doctors with the information required to assist them in applying for specialty training vacancies.

Delivered by Clare Wright, National Specialty Recruitment Manager for Health Education England, the webinars will run through the entire application process, providing data on previous recruitment rounds and some top tips on avoiding problems. Whilst the information will relate specifically to recruitment for posts commencing in 2021, the webinars could still prove useful to those in Foundation Year 1 who wish to get an idea of what the recruitment process for Specialty vacancies will entail.

Sessions will take place online on the following dates:

15 September 2020, 12:30 to 14:00 hours
16 September 2020, 18:30 to 20:00 hours
21 September 2020, 18:30 to 20:00 hours
23 September 2020, 10:00 to 11:30 hours
28 September 2020, 18:30 to 20:00 hours
1 October 2020, 13:00 to 14:30 hours

Sessions will consist of a presentation, followed by the opportunity for delegates to ask questions on any aspect of the specialty recruitment process. All sessions will have the same presentation content, so there is no need to attend multiple sessions.

To book a place on a session, please email stating the date that you would like to book.

Widening Participation Seminars – February 2020

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Health Education England’s (HEE) review of the UK Foundation Programme in 2018/19 considered how the programme could better support the drive to widen participation and ensure equal opportunity for anyone with the potential and desire to pursue a career in medicine. The report of the review, published in July 2019, made the commitment for HEE to “develop and consult on policy options to support Widening Participation initiatives for graduates entering the Foundation Programme”.

To take this commitment forward, HEE is conducting a series of focus groups with Foundation Programme trainees in England, who have entered medicine via an undergraduate widening participation programme or identify as having social or protected characteristics that are under-represented in medicine.

If you feel that this describes you, we would like to welcome you to attend one of our Widening Participation focus groups in February 2020, at the following times and locations:

12th February 2020, 12:30 – 14:30 – Stewart House Events Centre, London, WC1B 5DN
18th February 2020, 10:00 – 12:00 – Stewart House Events Centre, London, WC1B 5DN
20th February 2020, 11:00 – 13:00 – Sheffield Town Hall, Sheffield, S1 2HH
26th February 2020, 11:00 – 13:00 – Crowne Plaza, Birmingham, B1 1HH
27th February 2020, 11:00 – 13:00 – Novotel Southampton, Southampton, SO15 1RA

This is an opportunity to share your experiences, to highlight any challenges that you have experienced during the early stages of postgraduate training, and to put forward your suggestions for improvement.

The focus groups will run for approximately two hours, and lunch will be provided. To register your interest, visit Upon registering your interest, we will contact you to confirm your place and provide further information about the focus group.

Discover GP Conferences – February 2020

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The Royal College of General Practitioners are hosting four conferences at four locations across the UK in February 2020, all aimed specifically at medical students and foundation doctors who would like to know more about a career as a General Practitioner.

Attendees will have the chance to network with leaders in the primary care world and get hands-on experience through minor surgery and clinical skills workshops. You will hear about up-and-coming models of care and exciting opportunities in partnership. You will receive direct insight into the career of a GP from trainees themselves, and newly-qualified GPs will showcase the wide variety of career possibilities available – and what you can do as an aspiring GP to set yourself apart from the crowd.

Tickets are just £10 if you register before Sunday 5th January 2020. To register and to find out more information about the Discover GP Conferences, visit the RCGP website.

The dates, locations and themes of each conference are as follows:

Saturday 1st February – University of Leeds – ‘Technology and the future of general practice’

Saturday 8th February – University of Dundee – ‘Social and health inequalities in relation to general practice’

Saturday 22nd February – University of Bristol – ‘Climate change and the environment in relation to general practice’

Saturday 29th February – 30 Euston Square – ‘Social prescribing and alternate modes of care’

Oxford Foundation School Welcome Event – Friday 13 March 2020

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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


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


If you wish to contact a member of the Foundation School team please email

We hope to see you there!

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 or call on 01454 252 669.