UKFPO Bulletin 1st April 2020

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Updates from the UKFPO


Foundation Programme Offers and Allocations

The UKFPO will now be offering new Interim F1 posts for incoming F1 applicants; further information can be found on our COVID-19 page.

In order to help facilitate Interim F1 posts, final Programme Matches will now be released to applicants on Thursday 2nd April 2020.

As of 12th March, applicants are also able to see their final SJT scores via Oriel. Page 41 of the Applicant Handbook explains how to access your SJT score. For further information, please consult the Medical School Council’s SJT FAQs and the Guide to Understanding Your SJT Score.

F2 Applicants – All Interviews Converted to Skype

Due to concerns over COVID-19, all face to face interviews for the F2 Stand-alone programme have been converted to Skype interviews.

The interviews will still be held on 15th and 16th April 2020 but all interviews will be held over Skype.

If you are an F2 applicant who had booked a face to face interview slot, this has now been cancelled, and you must log in to Oriel and choose a new slot for a Skype interview. You will already have received an email from the UKFPO to explain this.

All the interviews will still take place and there are enough interview slots for everyone.

If you had originally booked a Skype interview instead of a face to face interview, then the time and date of this Skype interview will not have changed.

If you have any queries please contact the UKFPO at

***All F2 interviewees must email the above email address with their Skype ID and a copy of one form of colour, photographic ID, which must be valid and within date. A passport (of any nationality) is preferred. This information is required by Thursday 2nd April 2020.***

UKFPO Leadership Fellowships

We are currently recruiting two F1 Foundation Doctors, to serve as UKFPO Leadership Fellows for the duration of their F2 year. If you are interested, please consult the below documents for further information:

UKFPO Leadership Fellowship: Job Description

UKFPO Leadership Fellowship: Recruitment Process

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Events from the UKFPO (and our partners)

CANCELLED -10th National Scottish Medical Education Conference

We regret to announce that this event has been cancelled by the event organisers. If you have any queries please address them to:

CANCELLED – Academic Foundation Programme Conference

We regret to announce that this event has been cancelled by the UKFPO due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19. If you have any queries please contact

Applying to Specialty Recruitment – Webinars in Autumn 2020

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.

Foundation Surveys: Give us your opinion!

UK Foundation Training COVID-19 Survey

If you are a current F1 or F2 trainee, please take the time to complete this short survey about about COVID-19 and its impact on our services. The survey was developed by a current F2 trainee. A link to the survey can be found here.

Health Education England Survey: Live-streaming in Postgraduate Medical Education

Health Education England (HEE) has developed a survey to research the opinions and experiences of doctors in England around the use of live streaming in Postgraduate Medical Education.

You are invited to complete this survey if you:

• are based in England

• have completed a medical degree/postgraduate medical qualification

• have also completed at least one year of postgraduate medical training that qualifies you to hold a licence to practice medicine in the UK.

All doctors are invited to complete the survey whether they have experience of live streaming or not.

The information collected in this survey will be used to support HEE to conduct research and development work in this area.

This survey should take around 15 minutes to complete. The closing date for responses is midnight on Friday 3 April 2020.

The survey can be found 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

External Opportunities

The Social Mobility Foundation

The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) is a charity which aims to make a practical improvement in social mobility for young people from low-income backgrounds. The SMF was founded in 2005 by Linkson Jack (who served as Chief Executive until January 2009) in order to provide opportunities and networks of support for 16-17 year olds who are unable to get them from their schools or families. More than ten years on, the first students supported by us have gone on to be successful in achieving degrees and graduate entry jobs. As well as extending support to students throughout university across our 11 career sectors (Accountancy, Architecture, Banking & Finance, Biology & Chemistry, Business, Digital, Engineering & Physics, Law, Media & Communications, Medicine, or Politics) we now run programmes to support young people wherever they live in the UK.

There are many ways to get involved with The Social Mobility Foundation and support talented young people from less privileged backgrounds to secure places at universities and get into careers which match their abilities. For more information, visit their website.

British Pharmacological Society – 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.