UKFPO Bulletin: 9th July 2020

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Updates from the UKFPO


Please click the above link for more information concerning the UKFPO’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, including: changes affecting current FY1 and FY2 trainees, and External Sources of Training & Information for Foundation Trainees

Evidence of English Language Proficiency – New Deadline!

We are now in a position to confirm that the deadline for applicants to provide evidence of English language proficiency has been extended to 12:00 (noon) on Wednesday 7th October 2020. If you do not have evidence of English language proficiency by the close of the application window on Wednesday 2nd September, you will have until Wednesday 7th October to send this evidence to Unfortunately, we are unable to extend this deadline any further due to the implications for other component parts of the application process.

Applicants who meet all of the other criteria who are outstanding evidence of English language proficiency will be considered ‘Eligible with conditions’ until this deadline is reached, at which point, their application will either be amended to ‘Eligible’ or ‘Ineligible’ based on the supporting information received by this date/time.

The main application window will open for all eligible applicants on Monday 19th October 2020.

UKFP 2021: Applicants’ Presentation & Webinars

The UKFPO has created a video version of the Applicants’ Presentation, available to view below in three parts:

A presentation for prospective applicants in 2021, providing a brief overview of the Foundation Programme and the application process.

We will also be holding a series of online “Question & Answer” webinars where applicants for UKFP 2021 can ask current Foundation School Directors any questions they may have about the application process and the contents of the Applicants’ Presentation (please note you need to have viewed the Applicants’ Presentation videos prior to the webinar).

Webinar Schedule: To join, click on the relevant link below (links will not be active until the advertised start time of the webinar)

Royal College of Pathologists: RCPath Foundation Fellowships

The Royal College of Pathologists are now offering RCPath Foundation Fellowships. For further information please read their statement concerning the fellowships here.

GP specialty training – round 2 applications update

The world has certainly changed as we head towards our final 2020 GP training application round! I wanted to send you a brief update.

We’ve continued with plans and created new content to promote One Career Endless Opportunities #Choose GP. Round 2 activity has begun which is the final round for 2020 training applications opening 28 July – 13 August for a February 2021 start.

This campaign round is aimed at anyone wanting to switch from other specialty training programmes and trust grade doctors and consultants wanting to retrain as a GP. We’ve received feedback requesting information be more visible and shared within trusts so I wondered if you might be able to help – where appropriate?


There are two playlists on Youtube, one with videos and the new animated FAQs to help prompt and signpost relevant information on the GPNRO website where we have a Choose GP section .

Applying to Specialty Programmes – HEE Webinars

A series of webinars have been organised to provide Foundation doctors with the information required to assist them in applying for specialty training vacancies.

Delivered by Clare Wright, National Specialty Recruitment Manager for Health Education England, the webinars will run through the entire application process, providing data on previous recruitment rounds and some top tips on avoiding problems. Whilst the information will relate specifically to recruitment for posts commencing in 2021, the webinars could still prove useful to those in Foundation Year 1 who wish to get an idea of what the recruitment process for Specialty vacancies will entail.

Sessions will take place online on the following dates:

15 September 2020, 12:30 to 14:00 hours

16 September 2020, 18:30 to 20:00 hours

21 September 2020, 18:30 to 20:00 hours

23 September 2020, 10:00 to 11:30 hours

28 September 2020, 18:30 to 20:00 hours

1 October 2020, 13:00 to 14:30 hours

Sessions will consist of a presentation, followed by the opportunity for delegates to ask questions on any aspect of the specialty recruitment process. All sessions will have the same presentation content, so there is no need to attend multiple sessions. To book a place on a session, please email stating the date that you would like to book.

Oriel 2 Trainee Update

Health Education England, including the UKFPO, launched a new version of Oriel on 1st June 2020. You can read Health Education England’s Trainee Update here.

Domain in a Minute: Public Health

Health Education England has produced some brief videos which give an overview of HEE and its role in Public Health here.

Foundation E-Learning: Complete your e-portfolio!

You can sign in to the e-learning portal with your login supplied by HEE e-LfH at the beginning of your foundation training:

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 the 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 will find out how the GMC supports your career development, looking at the topics of registration, the Foundation Programme and your career development.

There are sessions which focus on the safeguarding of adults and children in primary and secondary care. Finally, the importance of protecting data is explored in sessions about information security and the Data Protection Act.

Foundation E-Learning Sessions Available

Confidentiality and Privacy

Mental Health Ac

tInfection Control: Diarrhoea in an Inpatient

Assessing Mental Capacity

Planning Ahead Using the MCA

Best Interests


HIV Testing


How to Avoid the GMC Disciplinary Committee

GMC Registration and Post Graduate Observation

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults

01_02 Blood Transfusion and Consent Scenario

01_03 Mental Capacity Act and Death Certification

Completion of the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death Part 3

Data Security Awareness – Level 1

Safeguarding Adults – Level 2

Safeguarding Children – Level 1

Safeguarding Children – Level 2

Interim Older People’s Mental Health Competency Framework

This interim framework has been developed by HEE and guided by several experts connected with Older People’s health. The purpose of the framework is to support the delivery of excellent services across disciplines which are directly or indirectly involved in supporting and promoting older people’s mental health.

HEE continues to evaluate the framework and will publish the final version later this year, however, it is particularly relevant in light of COVID-19 implications to make this resource accessible now. 

This framework:

  • Does not supersede previous policies or protocols; enhances existing procedures.
  • Can be used to aid recruiting or in a team discussion to improve awareness and training.
  • Designed to be accessed and used by all in a mental health capacity.

The framework is available to download from e-Learning for Healthcare’s Mental Health Training Resources here.

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Events, Information and Opportunities from the UKFPO and External Partners

Medical Defence Union: Health and Wellbeing E-learning Resources

The Advisory Services team at the Medical Defence Union provide medico-legal advice to their members spanning medical students through to consultants.  They have developed a free e-learning package on well-being.  This was written by one of their senior medico-legal advisers, who was a consultant psychiatrist before he joined the MDU, and contains insights from thought leaders in this field. 

The e-learning package is accessible to members and non-members of the MDU and is specifically aimed at foundation doctors. It can be accessed here:

RCPath/BDIAP Foundation and Undergraduate Taster Event

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Calling all Medical Undergraduates and Foundation Doctors… The joint RCPath/BDIAP Foundation and Undergraduate Taster Event –Pathology Through a COVID Lens – is an exciting opportunity for you to explore pathology and see what the career has to offer! This virtual programme will be delivered with a mixture of specialty-specific sound bite videos from a variety of consultants and trainees, followed by a live virtual session held Tuesday, 21st July at 7pm via Zoom. And it is free to register!!!


Attendees will have the opportunity to explore;

  • What pathology actually is and why it is important 
  • What the training involves
  • The variety of opportunities that are available for trainees to pursue e.g. teaching, molecular and digital pathology
  • Advice about the application process and how to be successful at the interview
  • How to pursue academic and research opportunities in pathology 

Consultants and trainees will also showcase their specialty and how important it has been in the fight against COVID-19:

  • Histopathology through a COVID lens: findings at post-mortem
  • Microbiology/Infection training through a COVID lens – information about the virus and different forms of testing
  • Haematology through a COVID lens – thrombotic complications & role of blood transfusion services in producing convalescent plasma for trials
  • Chemical Pathology through a COVID lens – biochemical changes associated with the infection
  • Immunology through a COVID lens – understanding the immune response to the virus and antibody testing

If you have been considering applying for specialist training in pathology and would like to know more about the different specialties, make sure you register for this event to explore the exciting opportunities that our pathology specialties have to offer you!

For questions about this event please contact the Events Department on  

Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics – Taster Sessions

Have you considered a taster session in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics (CPT)?

Clinical pharmacology is a dynamic medical specialty promoting the safe, effective and efficient use of medicines within the NHS.

CPT trainees and consultants have diverse exciting roles in clinical practice, education, policy and research.

Key NHS priorities are tackling inappropriate polypharmacy and the development of precision medicine and pharmacogenomics.

Other roles include prescribing education, running of clinical trials, managing patients with poisoning and overdose, and contributing to drug regulation and safety through local policy and national organisations e.g. NICE/MHRA.

Trainees are encouraged to develop a therapeutic area of specialism as part of a flexible portfolio training scheme.

For more information on arranging a taster session to be at the forefront of medical training in this unique specialty, please contact to be connected with your local clinical pharmacology centre.

To learn more about Clinical Pharmacology click here.

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

This event is hosted by King’s College London.

We are delighted to announce our 3rd annual Core Surgical Training Interview Course. This year the course will be taking place on October 24th 2020.

Our course consists of interactive lectures, high yield tutorials and our famous mock interview circuit. The circuit is ran by the highest scoring Core Surgical Trainees with a 2:1 examiner: candidate ratio to provide thorough and detailed feedback. 

Due to the success of our previous candidates in achieving high rankings, we have expanded our course. We now have comprehensive online resources, as well as options for one-on-one coaching and follow up Zoom mock interviews. For more information please visit or read the poster attached here.