UKFPO Bulletin 13th May 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: Interim FY1 Posts, changes affecting current FY1 and FY2 trainees, and External Sources of Training & Information for Foundation Trainees

UKFPO Leadership Fellowships: Applications now closed

Applications for the UKFPO Leadership Fellows have closed as we have now reached 100 applications. Invites to interview will be sent out on Wednesday 27th May 2020. Interviews are expected to be held (via Skype) on Tuesday 9th June 2020.

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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.

Events from the UKFPO (and our partners)

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 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.


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

This event is hosted by King’s College London:

Despite such unprecedented times, we are delighted to announce our 3rd annual Core Surgical Training Interview Course held at King’s College London this October. 

Last application round we saw exceptionally high numbers of applicants increasing the level of competition. Most of our candidates still achieved a high rank and secured the most coveted Core Surgical Jobs, including London and themed jobs. 

The course consists of a morning of lectures followed by a full day of mock interview circuits providing structured and detailed feedback from the highest ranking CSTs. There is also the unique option for a virtual follow up mock interview.All foundation doctors are welcome on the course, as well as anyone applying for Core Surgical Training. Last year saw a very high demand for the course due to limited numbers. For further information, please contact

External Opportunities

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.