UKFPO Bulletin: 10th February 2021

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UKFPO/NACT Foundation Programme Sharing Best Practice Event – 24 March 2021

This meeting is to encourage both faculty and foundation doctors to share their educational best practice and has been held annually for a number of years. If possible it will be a face-to-face event in Birmingham, UK; however, arrangements are being made to run it as a hybrid or virtual event if required.

The abstract submission deadline has now passed. Registration is open. Details on the NACT website.

UKFPO Curriculum Rollout

The Foundation Programme will have a new curriculum from August 2021. Please complete this very short survey so we can ensure we understand how foundation doctors would like to receive information about the new curriculum over the next few months.  The survey can be accessed here. The results of this survey will help us to ensure the Curriculum Rollout will reach all relevant audiences.

The Foundation e-learning programme

The Foundation e-learning programme has been developed specifically for Foundation doctors by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in partnership with Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) and is approved by UKFPO.

Do you need to complete parts of the curriculum on your e-portfolio which you do not cover in day-to-day practice? If so, why not try some of our free e-learning mapped directly to the Foundation Professional Capabilities (Training Outcomes) in the 2016 Foundation Curriculum.

You can sign in to the e-learning with your login supplied by e-LfH at any time during your foundation training using the link above.

HORUS and TURAS link to e-LfH e-learning sessions from the FP Curriculum and are therefore accessible to all trainees, making it quicker and easy to access the appropriate session linked to the curriculum.

Events, Information and Opportunities from External Partners

3rd annual Core Surgical Training Interview Course (King’s College London)

Following the rigorous shortlisting process, we expect the competition for Core Surgical Training posts to be higher than ever. Due to this and the high demand, we will be hosting our final Core Surgical Training Interview Course on Saturday 13th February. This course will be held online for the safety of our candidates and examiners and keeping to how the actual interview will be as per LaKSS. 

We will hold our famous lectures in the morning. These consist of frameworks and techniques on how to succeed in the Core Surgical Training Interview. This is followed by our famous mock interview circuit. The examiners are the highest scoring current Core Surgical Trainees and will provide personal and critical feedback. Each candidate will have the opportunity to have 2 interviews and observe 2 interviews. 

The lectures are also available on our online resources alongside practice scenarios, key topics and useful blueprints for interview questions. We also have a limited number of one-on-one coaching spaces for candidates that are keen to further develop their skills. Please find the leaflet here and visit our website for further details

Yorkshire Paediatric Careers Event – Saturday 13th March

Foundation doctors and medical students are invited to our paediatric careers and recruitment event. It is aimed at opportunities in Yorkshire, but will provide ST interview tips, talks about research, leadership and training in paediatrics as well as an opportunity to discuss sub-specialties within paediatrics.

The event will take place on 13th March 2021 from 09.20 – 14.00.

Please review the event poster and event programme for more information.

Sustainable Healthcare 2021 Medical Conference – Saturday 13th March

If you are interested in presenting your work at an international conference, and hearing from renowned speakers in the field of medical sustainability, please consider attending our upcoming IVMC3.This is a free, virtual even which will be held on Saturday 13th March 9-5pm GMT.

IVMC has had a fantastic track record starting with just 150 attendees at IVCM1, 800+ at IVMC2 and we are hoping to breach the 1000+ mark for IVMC with every corner of the globe represented by medical students and junior doctors.

All the info you need is below – please feel free to email me if you have any uncertainties –

Register here.

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The Learning Hub – A guide to compassionate care and communication during the pandemic now available

The Learning Hub is a digital platform that provides easy access to a wide range of education and training resources for the health and care workforce. Organisations and users can contribute and share resources for those in health and care to access. 

The guide, Talking to relatives – COVID-19 compassionate phone communication is now available on the Learning Hub and provides health and care professionals with a simple framework for communicating concepts including uncertain recovery as well as tips for compassionate conversations.

During the COVID-19 pandemic there has been, and continues to be, a need to support health and care staff with compassionate care and communication with each other, patients and their relatives.  The guide has been developed by Dr Antonia Field-Smith and Dr Louise Robinson from the Palliative Care Team, West Middlesex Hospital, Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust.  As palliative medicine physicians, Drs Field-Smith and Robinson wanted to share a simple framework for health and care professionals and support those who may have been deployed to a setting this is unfamiliar to them and who may not be so experienced in these conversations. 

It only takes a few minutes to contribute a resource to the Learning Hub. You can sign into the Learning Hub either using an e-Learning for Healthcare username and password or NHS OpenAthens user account details or by creating an account on the Learning Hub and using those details. Select “Contribute a new resource” and populate the form with details including the resource title, type, description and author details. 

For more information about the Learning Hub follow us on Twitter: @HEE_TEL and visit the Learning Hub website to read about our journey so far. 

Foundation Feed

You are invited to join the new Foundation Feed, which streamlines posts from the UKFPO, HEE and other stakeholder’s social media accounts to ensure Foundation doctors are kept up to date.

Free educational online resources

The Virtual College has a page of free educational online courses across a variety of topics, including infection prevention, safeguarding and mental health.