Dear Foundation doctors and Supervisors
We have previously previously aimed to send this bulletin out fortnightly but from here onwards we will be publishing monthly. I’m aware that many emails and newsletters drop into your inboxes but would urge you at the very least to skim through this one when it arrives to keep up to date with opportunities and developments in FP.
Firstly I would like to say well done to all those who had an abstract accepted for the UKFPO Foundation Doctor presentation day which took place on 28th January and the Joint Sharing Best Practice Event with NACT which is taking place on 17th March.
I look forward to meeting some of you at these events – particularly if we are able to meet face to face in Birmingham in March
Secondly, I would like to draw your attention to the new syllabus on patient safety. Patient safety – Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (aomrc.org.uk). This has been developed with the support of the AoMRC. It is due to roll out across the NHS soon and there are new eLfH modules to support the basic ones of which are likely to become mandatory for everyone who works for the NHS in England. These can be found at: NHS Patient Safety Syllabus training – elearning for healthcare (e-lfh.org.uk).
As always, with eLfH you will need to log in and then add the modules to your own list before accessing them. The modules talk a lot about the culture of the workplace with regard to patient safety and of the important recognition that it is more frequently the system in which we work that leads to things going wrong rather than the individual practitioner.
The first module is quite basic and will, in the long term be aimed at students, the second module will be aimed at Foundation doctors and emphasises the importance of listening to patients and raising concerns. There is a module for senior leadership boards too so that we can start to move towards a system where concerns can be acted upon in a meaningful way. Taking responsibility for patient safety is an important leadership role for the doctor and completing them would provide some evidence towards a number of FPCs, particularly FPC6 and FPC8. They would also provide some evidence for HLO3.
Finally, I have to mention the 2021 FP curriculum. It is great to see how this is being taken up. For those who are still uncertain, there are a number of help sheets and podcasts/videos available on a number of topics on the Curriculum webpage. These range from the full interactive pdf, to a rough guide written by Charlotte Perry, one of our previous UKFPO fellows, to helpful information on the summary narrative, PSGs and giving feedback, delivered by a number of experienced Foundation School Directors.
We are planning for another webinar to take place in the coming weeks which will focus on the curriculum and ARCPs and details of this will be circulated soon. Remember, queries can still be addressed to email@example.com.
And, just to remind you, ARCPs are less than 5 months away and portfolios should be completed by the end of May. I will cover a bit more about the ARCP in the next bulletin.
Tony Choules, Operational Advisor to the UKFPO
Updates and News
Foundation e-learning update
2022 National Academic Foundation Programme Conference
Curriculum resource document
2021 Curriculum resource document : this document highlights national guidance and protocols available to support each of the curriculum’s foundation professional capabilities. It lists many of the freely available evidence-based resources, including helpful web links and guidance notes. It is available on the 2021 curriculum page of this site.
SCRIPT – Supporting safer prescribing practices
SCRIPT is a multi-programme elearning resource commissioned by Health Education England and developed by the University of Birmingham and OCB Media. In continuous development since 2010 and with over 150 individual modules, SCRIPT is the most up to date, evidence based elearning resource from the NHS.
The resource was designed to encourage safe and effective prescribing and optimal medicines management among healthcare professionals, with a specific focus on foundation doctors, dentists and pharmacists. SCRIPT is also the mandated resource for PSA remediation.
About the SCRIPT Foundation elearning programme :
The SCRIPT Foundation programme is a suite of elearning modules specifically created to improve safety and competency among foundation trainees around prescribing, therapeutics and medicines management.
The portfolios include 49 modules for foundation doctors, 8 modules for foundation dentists and 59 modules for foundation pharmacists. These modules are delivered through a supported learning environment, specific to your school, without installation or technical requirements. In addition, the SCRIPT programme is freely available to all foundation schools with no ongoing or associated costs. Each module takes approximately 60 minutes to complete and does not have to be completed in one sitting. Content has been authored by a team of expert healthcare professionals and is reviewed and updated on a regular basis.
How do I access the SCRIPT Foundation elearning programme? :
All foundation schools are provided with a dedicated instance of SCRIPT specific to their region, including a full trainee reporting and monitoring tool. If you represent a foundation school and would like further information on this, please email Nicholas Blackwell: firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss it further.
Eating disorders awareness week – BEAT
This year’s Eating Disorders Awareness Week will be taking place from Monday 28th February to Sunday 6th March. The week is going to focus on the BEAT medical training campaign “Worth More than 2 Hours”. During the week, we will be highlighting the difference that improved medical training on eating disorders has on patients’ lives and we hope that this will encourage more medical schools and foundation programmes to make changes to their teaching on eating disorders.
During the week our events will raise awareness about how imperative teaching on eating disorders is to protect patients. We are running several events following the week to support medical schools and foundation programmes in improving their teaching on eating disorders, such as a drop-in session with Dr Steven Anderson and a webinar on facilitating scenario-based session with Jess Griffiths, our Clinical Director, and Dr Steven Anderson. A webinar about facilitating the scenario-based session of the eating disorder training and will take place on 28th April 2022 from 2pm to 4pm. Interested parties should email: email@example.com.