The Foundation Programme (FP) curriculum, which underpins the training and professional development of newly graduated doctors, relaunches for the first time in five years this summer. The curriculum sets out a holistic approach to care including physical health, mental health and social health and the skills required to manage this in both acute and community settings and for patients with chronic conditions. Foundation doctors must demonstrate that they are competent in the traditional elements of medical training but also in areas such as communication and consultation skills, patient safety and teamwork. The curriculum provides a framework for educational progression that will help them achieve these skills and supports them through the first two years of professional development after graduation from medical school.
“The last curriculum was published in 2016 and a lot has happened since then, not least the recent coronavirus pandemic. To remain fit for purpose, the Foundation Programme must evolve with medical practice and training, so our doctors are properly equipped to practice in a range of healthcare setting, now and in the future.” Dr Tony Choules, Chair of the AoMRC Foundation Programme Committee and Operational Advisor to the UKFPO.
If you have any queries or comments about the revised curriculum, please contact us via Curriculum2021@foundationprogramme.nhs.uk
The UKFPO have put together a series of resources that will help trainees, trainers and foundation schools to understand what the new curriculum means for them. You can keep up to date with new additions to the resource bank via our Twitter and Facebook announcements.
See our Webinars page to access the recordings of the 2021 UKFP Curriculum webinars.
|UK foundation programme curriculum 2021||Interactive PDF |
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Rough Guide to the Curriculum
Launch of new UK foundation programme curriculum 2021
|YouTube – What does the new curriculum mean for a supervisor?|
YouTube – What does the new curriculum mean for a trainee?
The 2021 Foundation Programme Curriculum Factsheet
Introduction to 2021 FP curriculum for educators Factsheet
The educational supervisor
The clinical supervisor
|The Educational Supervisor Factsheet|
The Educational Supervisor Podcast
The Clinical Supervisor Factsheet
The Clinical Supervisor Podcast
The foundation doctor
Self development time
|The foundation doctor Factsheet |
Self development time Factsheet
The role of the doctor
|The role of the doctor Factsheet|
The role of the doctor Podcast
The Placement Supervision Group (PSG)
|The Placement Supervision Group Factsheet|
The Placement Supervision YouTube
Importance of PSG Feedback Tool
Supervised Learning Events (SLEs)
|Supervised Learning Events YouTube|
Supervised Learning Events Factsheet
The LEARN form
|The LEARN form Factsheet|
The summary narrative
|The summary narrative YouTube|
The summary narrative Factsheet
Example summary narrative for HLO1
|Giving feedback Factsheet|
Supporting the foundation doctor (including minority groups)
|Supporting the foundation doctor Factsheet |
Supporting inclusion and equity YouTube
Building a portfolio
|Building a portfolio – Factsheet|
Building a portfolio – YouTube
The annual review of competence progression (ARCP)