The Foundation Programme Curriculum sets out the framework for educational progression that will support the first two years of professional development following graduation from medical school. Under the Curriculum, foundation doctors have to demonstrate that they are competent in a number of areas. This includes communication and consultation skills, patient safety and team work as well as the more traditional elements of medical training.

NEW UK Foundation Programme Curriculum 2021

The new UK Foundation Programme Curriculum 2021 has now been published. For more information please visit the Foundation Programme Curriculum 2021 page.

All documents below are valid for the 2020-21 training year and relate to the 2016 curriculum.

Curriculum and Guidance 2016
Foundation Programme Review

In 2018–2019 the HEE Foundation Programme Review heard evidence from a wide range of stakeholders, including foundation doctors, about the challenges faced by those entering foundation training. A number of recommendations were made in the final report. A summary of the recommendations is on page 7.

A follow up report published in 2020 outlines progress and contains practical information to assist with implementation. 

Further information about the review and what has happened since its recommendations were published is available on the HEE website (including specific guidance about self-development time (SDT) for foundation doctors in England).

Representation Options for Foundation Doctors

For information on membership offers for foundation doctors, as of April 2021, please review this Overview of Membership and Representation Options document.

Internal Medicine Training e-learning programme

Created jointly by Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) the Joint Royal College of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB), the programme aims to set out how to write a meaningful and effective Educational Supervisor Report (ESR) for Internal Medicine training. This module sets out how to prepare to write an ESR, considered by the Annual Review of Competency Progression (ARCP) panel when assessing a trainee’s progress, starting with the initial meeting with the trainee, planning the training year and gives examples of good report writing.

This e-learning package is aimed at educational supervisors of internal medicine trainees and covers the following areas:

– The ESR

– Capabilities in Practice (CiPs)

– Evidence

– Setting up the Training Year

– Some elements of the ARCP

For more information about the programme, including access details, visit:

Beyond Foundation

Current Trainees are encouraged to visit the webpage Beyond Foundation on Health Education England’s website. It contains a brief summary of options available to trainees along with further contacts. Our Careers page also contains information on life after the Foundation Programme.

Assessments, SLEs and Other Forms

You can find additional documents relating to the foundation curriculum here.

For more information regarding Supervised Learning Events see the SLE FAQs.