UKFPO Bulletin 29th January 2020

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Announcements from UKFPO

Offers for 2020 will be merit based and be cascaded through the programmes depending on what you have applied for.

  • The second round of offers for the Academic Foundation Programme (AFP) were released at 9am today; the final round of offers will be released at 9am on Wednesday 5th Feb.
  • If you were not allocated/did not apply to the Academic Foundation Programme then the next programme you will be considered for is the Psychiatry Foundation Fellowship (PFF).
  • If you were not allocated/did not apply to the Psychiatry Foundation Fellowship then you will be considered for the Foundation Priority Programme (FPP).
  • If you were not allocated/did not apply to the Foundation Priority Programme then you will be considered for the standard Foundation Programme (FP).

Applications to the F2 Standalone Programme 2020 close at 12 noon GMT on Monday 3rd February 2020.

Upcoming Events

SMEC Poster Abstract DeadlineSunday 16th February 2020
COPMeD Careers ConferenceFriday 28th February 2020
Foundation Programme EventFriday 27th March 2020
10th National Scottish Medical Education ConferenceThursday 30th April – Friday 1st May 2020
2020 Academic Foundation Programme ConferenceThursday 7th May 2020
Recruitment at Primary Care & Public Health 2020Wednesday 13th – Thursday 14th May 2020

National Foundation Doctors Presentation Day – Winners Announced

The UKFPO and HEE South-West are delighted to announce that our National Foundation Doctors Presentation Day on Friday 10th January 2020 was a complete success! We saw a large number of high-quality presentations from some excellent Foundation Doctors.

The list of winners, including the names of the presentations, can be found here.

You can also read through the book of abstracts for all the presentations which were delivered at the Presentation Day. This can be found here.

The UKFPO would like to thank all attendees for contributing the time and effort to develop posters, attend the Presentation Day and deliver their presentations.

We would in particular like to thank Maisie Shrubsall, Foundation School Manager from the Severn Foundation School, for organising and running the Presentation Day in Bristol.

Finally, we would of course also like to convey our warm congratulations to all the winners for their insightful, creative posters and well-delivered presentations.

Volunteering 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.

Taster Sessions

British Pharmacological Society

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.

Seminars, Conferences, Information Sessions and Events

Discover GP Conferences

The Royal College of General Practitioners are hosting four conferences at four locations across the UK in February 2020, all aimed specifically at medical students and foundation doctors who would like to know more about a career as a General Practitioner.

Attendees will have the chance to network with leaders in the primary care world and get hands-on experience through minor surgery and clinical skills workshops. You will hear about up-and-coming models of care and exciting opportunities in partnership. You will receive direct insight into the career of a GP from trainees themselves, and newly-qualified GPs will showcase the wide variety of career possibilities available – and what you can do as an aspiring GP to set yourself apart from the crowd.

To register and to find out more information about the Discover GP Conferences, visit the RCGP website.

The dates, locations and themes of each conference are as follows:

• 01 February 2020 | University of Leeds
• 08 February 2020 | University of Dundee
• 22 February 2020 | University of Bristol
• 29 February 2020 | RCGP HQ, London

Foundation Programme Widening Participation Focus Groups

Health Education England’s (HEE) review of the UK Foundation Programme in 2018/19 considered how the programme could better support the drive to widen participation and ensure equal opportunity for anyone with the potential and desire to pursue a career in medicine. The report of the review, published in July 2019, made the commitment for HEE to “develop and consult on policy options to support Widening Participation initiatives for graduates entering the Foundation Programme”.

To take this commitment forward, HEE is conducting a series of focus groups with Foundation Programme trainees in England, who have entered medicine via an undergraduate widening participation programme or identify as having social or protected characteristics that are under-represented in medicine.

If you feel that this describes you, we would like to welcome you to attend one of our Widening Participation focus groups in February 2020, at the following times and locations:

12th February 2020, 12:30 – 14:30 – Stewart House Events Centre, London, WC1B 5DN
18th February 2020, 10:00 – 12:00 – Stewart House Events Centre, London, WC1B 5DN
20th February 2020, 11:00 – 13:00 – Sheffield Town Hall, Sheffield, S1 2HH
26th February 2020, 11:00 – 13:00 – Crowne Plaza, Birmingham, B1 1HH
27th February 2020, 11:00 – 13:00 – Novotel Southampton, Southampton, SO15 1RA

This is an opportunity to share your experiences, to highlight any challenges that you have experienced during the early stages of postgraduate training, and to put forward your suggestions for improvement.

The focus groups will run for approximately two hours, and lunch will be provided. To register your interest, visit Upon registering your interest, we will contact you to confirm your place and provide further information about the focus group.

COPMeD Careers Conference

10th National Scottish Medical Education Conference

Submit Poster Abstracts Here

Do you have an interest in medical education? Submit your poster abstracts for the 10th National Scottish Medical Education Conference, to be held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Thursday 30th April & Friday 1st May 2020.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is Midnight on Sunday 16th February 2020

We invite submissions in the following categories:

Training Delivery
Simulated & Online Learning
New Perspectives and Novel Methods in Medical Education and Training
Medical Careers – Structure & Support
Interprofessional Education


The top three highest scoring abstracts will be selected for a short oral presentation at the conference.

The three highest scoring posters in each category will be awarded “Poster of Distinction”.

One poster from each category will be awarded “Best Poster” following judging panel discussion during the conference.

Please send abstracts to:

Successful abstracts will be announced in the week commencing Monday 16th March 2020.

Academic Foundation Programme Conference

We are pleased to announce that the upcoming 2020 UKFPO Academic Foundation Programme Conference will be held on Thursday 7th May 2020 at the University of Bristol.

The conference will be trainee-focused and will be of interest to academically minded medical students, Foundation trainees and any faculty or more senior colleagues who are involved in academic Foundation trainees. We hope the event will be of immediate practical assistance to any colleague following an academic career path, and those who are advising them.

Themes of academic research, education and leadership training will be included. There will be a focus on trainees themselves and their experiences.

Registration is open for abstract submissions. Please visit the registration page below for further details.

National AFP Conference Flyer
National AFP Conference Program
National AFP Speaker and Faculty Biographies
If you are interested in attending the conference, please visit the registration page on the University of Bristol website

Evening Medical Updates 2020 from the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh Education & events programme can be found here.

Recruitment at Primary Care & Public Health 2020

Primary Care & Public Health is the UK’s leading clinical conference and exhibition held for professionals working in primary care, community and public health.

Being held on the 13th-14th, May 2020 at the NEC Birmingham, we expect over 6,000 healthcare professionals to attend, for two days of CPD learning & networking along with product and service sourcing from exhibitors.

For further information follow this link or visit the Primary Care Health website.

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.

Applying to General Practice

One career, endless opportunities – Choose GP

Apply all aspects of your medical training in general practice – prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the whole person. The career of a general practitioner offers a variety of flexible and specialist roles working in a multiprofessional team.

Applications open 25th February 2020 (10:00 am)

Applications close 12th March 2020 (4:00 pm)

For more information visit the GP National Recruitment Office website; Apply via