Curriculum

Curriculum

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.


COVID-19: Update to Annual Review of Competency Progression (ARCP)

In response to the unprecedented situation with COVID-19 the UKFPO has revised the Annual Review of Competency Progression (ARCP) Guidance for 2020. The updated guidance can be found here.

Please also see the ARCP Outcomes Operational Guidance for 2020 here.


UK Patient Representatives – Thanks to those who took Our Survey on the New Curriculum!

The Foundation Programme curriculum is being updated for August 2021 and we asked our UK Patient Representatives their opinions in an anonymous survey during April and May 2020. The survey is now closed but if you would like to find out more about the changes please see the information below.


Curriculum & Guidance





Assessments

Assessment GuidanceAssessmentFrequency
N/Ae-PortfolioContemporaneous
Guidance for Assessors and DoctorsCore ProceduresThroughout F1
Guidance for Assessors

Guidance for Doctors

Guidance for Educational Supervisors
Team Assessment of Behaviour (TAB)One in the first placement of both F1 and F2, optional repitition
Guidance for Clinical SupervisorsClinical Supervisor End of Placement ReportOnce per placement
Guidance for Educational SupervisorsEducational Supervisor’s End of Placement Report F1

Educational Supervisors End of Placement Report F2
Once per placement (except final placement, when ES end of year report required)
N/AEducational Supervisor’s End of Year Report F1

Educations Supervisor’s End of Year Report F2
Once per year
Guidance for curriculum mappingAll 20 foundation professional capabilities (FPCs) must have at least one piece of relevant mapped evidence and a maximum of five pieces Throughout the year
Guidance on Logging Mandatory TeachingAn acceptable attendance record at generic foundation teachingThroughout the Year

Supervised Learning Events

Supervised Learning Event GuidanceSupervised Learning EventRecommended Minimum
DOPS Guidance for Doctors and Trainers

Mini-CEX Guidance for Doctors and Trainers
DOPS

Mini-Cex
3 or more per placement* 
(minimum of nine observations; at least six must be mini-CEX)
Guidance for Doctors and Trainers Case-Based Discussion 2 or more per placement*
Guidance for Doctors and Trainers Developing the Clinical Teacher 1 or more per year

* based on a clinical placement of four month duration

For more information see the SLE FAQs.


Other Forms

Other Form GuidanceOther FormRecommended Minimum
LEADER Guidance for Doctors and Trainers LEADER (Clinical Leadership (Work-based Review) No recommended minimum 
 
(optional formative discussion)
LEARN Guidance for Doctors and Trainers Learning Encounter and Reflection Note (LEARN) No recommended minimum 
 
(optional to supplement traditional SLEs)