UKFPO Bulletin: 16th September 2020

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UKFPO Curriculum and e-Portfolio teaching session

Free webinar run by FDs for FDs explaining curriculum requirements and how to use your e-portfolio to evidence these. Q&A session included, no need to sign up, just turn up. Session will be recorded.

Thursday 17 September 17:00-18:30

Eligibility Applications: NEW DEADLINE for Evidence of English Language Proficiency

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. You must still submit the main eligibility application by the close of the application window on Wednesday 2nd September 2020, but if you do not have evidence of English language proficiency at that time, you will have until Wednesday 7th October 2020 to send your evidence of English language proficiency evidence to

Applicants who submit an application on Wednesday 2nd September 2020, and have met all of the criteria except evidence of English language proficiency, will be considered ‘Eligible with conditions’ until Wednesday 7th October 2020. At this point, the application will be amended either to ‘Eligible’ or ‘Ineligible’, based on whether or not evidence of English language has been provided. If evidence of English language has not been provided by Wednesday 7th October, and the application is amended to ‘Ineligible’, then the applicant will not be able to apply to the Foundation Programme.

The main application window for the Foundation Programme will open for all ‘Eligible’ applicants on Monday 19th October 2020.

Unfortunately, we are unable to extend any of these deadlines any further, due to the implications for other component parts of the application process.

UKFP 2021: Applicants’ Presentation & Webinars

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

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

Placement Supervision Group (PSG) Feedback Tool

With the changing medical workforce, the Placement Supervision Group (PSG) feedback tool allows the Clinical Supervisor (CS) to identify senior members of the multi-professional team who have worked with the foundation doctor. 

It is a useful independent tool in the ePortfolio to: 

  • formalise, collate and summarise PSG feedback, 
  • enable the CS to give in depth feedback to their foundation doctor about performance in the workplace
  • contribute to the ‘CS end of placement report’ 
  • evidence good practice and achievement of curriculum outcomes for ARCP panel
  • identify areas for development that can be added to the Personal Development Plan (PDP) to show progression

Please Note: UKFPO recommend that the PSG feedback tool be used in a minimum of one placement. PSG can be used in all placements to enhance feedback. At the start of the placement, the CS should identify the individuals who make up the PSG.

Step by Step Guidance on how to initiate feedback from PSG from the ePortfolio

Horus users:Step by step guidance on how to use the tool in Horus Foundation ePortfolio

Turas users:  Guidance on NES Turas Foundation ePortfolio 

Beyond Foundation

Current Trainees are encouraged to visit the webpage Beyond Foundation on Health Education England’s website. It contains a brief summary of options available to trainees along with further contacts.

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.

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

New Internal Medicine Training e-learning programme launched

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked with Health Education England and the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board to launch a new e-learning programme, Internal Medicine Training. This is ideal for Educational Supervisors.

The programme aims to set out how to write a meaningful and effective Educational Supervisor Report (ESR) for Internal Medicine training. This module sets out how to prepare to write an ESR, considered by the Annual Review of Competency Progression (ARCP) panel when assessing a trainee’s progress, starting with the initial meeting with the trainee, planning the training year and gives examples of good report writing.

This e-learning package is aimed at educational supervisors of internal medicine trainees and covers the following areas:

  • The ESR
  • Capabilities in Practice (CiPs)
  • Evidence
  • Setting up the Training Year
  • Some elements of the ARCP

For more information about the programme, including access details, visit:

New national programme to collate online resources for medical students now available

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked in partnership with the Medical Schools Council (MSC) to develop a new, free e-learning programme to support undergraduate medical education. This is the first national programme provided by e-LfH which collates online learning resources from across UK medical schools.

The programme was developed in response to the sudden onset of the COVID-19 pandemic which saw universities close their doors and deliver classes online. As a result, the MSC’s Education Committee set up a working group to coordinate the efforts of medical schools’ Heads of Teaching in delivering medical education remotely.

Developed by and for medical schools, the new e-learning programme provides a database of learning resources, making it easier for staff and students to source material for different specialties. These resources have been kindly donated by staff from across UK medical schools and will be useful to students in their clinical and non-clinical years.

MSC’s e-learning programme is accessible to all those with a university or NHS email address. For more information about the programme, including details on how to access, visit:

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.

EyeStrive – Virtual ophthalmology Taster Session

Are you thinking about a career in ophthalmology? Have COVID 19 restrictions meant you have found it difficult to arrange taster days in ophthalmology? Or are you simply looking for a unique virtual programme, that will give you practical tips on simulation & surgical skills, critical appraisal, audit, quality improvement projects and kick start your ophthalmology clinical skills and signs learning?

In mid-September, we will begin working with a proactive group of junior doctors and foundation years interested in a career in ophthalmology…….. as this is our first virtual ophthalmology taster course, Eyestrive, we are looking for participants to join the course who can implement, test and feedback back on their experience.

Eyestrive is brought to you by a team working with the School of Ophthalmology YH and it is approved by the Foundation school HEE YH.  We are now ready to launch this programme, and we are inviting YOU to join. See the infogram here and programme highlights video here.

Here’s how it will work…

  1. Register you interest NOW by clicking this link
Register your interest for EyeStrive A virtual ophthalmology taster programme. Note there is a cost of £125 per person which your foundation school may or may not support depending on your local study leave budget policy. Once this form is received, an email will go out to all with payment details to the school of ophthalmology Y&H. To secure your place, payment must be made immediately to avoid disappointment as places are limited. Registration closes on Friday 18th September 2020 forms.
  1. Book your study leave NOW (as the virtual workshop is on Tuesday 13th October 9am-4.30pm. The course fee is £125. Please check with your foundation school/employer if your study leave budget will cover this cost before paying. It is up to individuals if they wish to self-fund.
  2. Places are limited so based on your answers we will contact you on Thursday 10th September to make payment to confirm your place, Registrations close on Friday 18th September 2020.

It is very simple, and the main aim is to inspire and give a “taster” 

All the details will be available on

We’ll get together for a full day virtual workshop on Tuesday 16th October 9.00-4.30pm to teach and facilitate clinical skills, clinical signs, suture practice, to facilitate a quality improvement project surgery and learn critical appraisal skills based on landmark ophthalmology papers. The workshop will allow time for brainstorming solutions to specific teaching challenges to develop your teaching portfolio, so you can put it all into action and feedback on the experience for your appraisal/ARCP.

Events, Information and Opportunities from the UKFPO and External Partners

Core Anaesthetics Training Interview Course

Please see the attached document for more information concerning the Core Anesthetics Training Interview Course which has been endorsed by the Royal College of Anaesthetists.

2nd Orthopaedic On-call Survival Course – 19-20 September 2020

This two-day course is recognised by the North West School of Surgery and is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons (England) for 6 CPD points. At present the course is being reviewed for getting up to 12 CPD points by RCS England. This practical course is aimed at junior doctors (FY2 – CT2) with interest in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery and will enable trainees to deal with orthopaedic on-calls and emergencies during trauma calls! For further information please see the attached document.

BMJ Best Practice

BMJ Best Practice is an authoritative clinical decision support tool provided free at the point of use to all NHS staff and learners, funded by Health Education England. Accessible 24/7 via app, website and EHR integration, it informs evidence-based clinical decision making at the point of care and supports continuous professional development.

To learn more and download the app, go to or click on the banner below where there is also a Junior Doctor Induction Toolkit with an  Animation and interactive flyer produced to coincide with rotations and new Doctors arriving in trusts in August.

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:

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. Our course on October 24th 2020 is now fully subscribed but we have the pleasure to announce a second date on November 28th 2020. As always, these places go very quickly so don’t miss out! 

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 high yield 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.

National Foundation Doctors Presentation Day – Friday 15th January 2021 Virtual Conference

All Foundation Doctors and Trainers are warmly invited to a day of presentations by F1 and F2 doctors. Please see attached flyer for further details.

CSH sustainable healthcare courses – online

Mon 5 Oct (1500-1900) – Introduction to Sustainable Healthcare 

Thu 24 Sep (1000-1400) –  Green Space and Health 

Thu 15 Oct (0945-1415) –  Sustainable Quality Improvement 

The 22 Oct (1000-1400) –  Carbon Footprinting for Healthcare 

Wed 11 Nov (0900-1300) – Introduction to Sustainable Healthcare 

Details at

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