UKFPO Bulletin: 22nd December 2020

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ARCP Q&A Webinar – Wednesday 16th December 2020

HEE recently held an ARCP Q&A webinar – the recording is now available. The information will be useful for all UK foundation doctors. Updated ARCP requirements can be found on the UKFPO ARCP web page, and here is a useful animation guide to ARCPs.  

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

Following a fantastic response to our call for abstracts, the National Foundation Doctors Presentation Day is now open for registration. A draft programme can be found on our event page.

Thank you to those who submitted abstracts. We had a fantastic response, and the window for abstract submissions is now closed. Successful applicants have been contacted individually to register.

If you would like to attend as a General Delegate, please register here.

If you have been selected to deliver an oral or poster presentation, please register here.

Please direct any queries to

Psychiatry Foundation Fellowships (PFF) for UKFP2021

UKFP2021 applicants are invited to apply for the Psychiatry Foundation Fellowship (PFF). The application window for PFF is now open until 31st January 2021. This is an opportunity to improve exposure to the specialty and make use of access to a wide variety of educational resources relevant to Psychiatry. For example, funded attendance at relevant conferences and on-line learning and psychiatry journals. Trainees will also have access to psychiatric supervision and be able to attend reflective Balint groups. All information on PFF, including an updated programmes list, can be found here

Foundation e-learning programme

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 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.

The sessions in the e-LfH Foundation e-learning programme:

Professional Capability: 19
Makes patient safety a priority in clinical practice


You can sign in to the e-learning with your login supplied by e-LfH at any time during your foundation training.

HORUS and TURAS link to e-LfH e-learning sessions from the FP Curriculum and are therefore accessible to all trainees, making it quicker and easy to access the appropriate session linked to the curriculum.

We have also included an update about the SCRIPT Medicine and Surgery portfolio for foundation trainee doctors.

SCRIPT e-learning for safer prescribing

Created in 2010, the SCRIPT e-learning programme was developed by the University of Birmingham and OCB Media and commissioned by Health Education England.  

The e-learning is designed to encourage safe and effective prescribing and optimal medicines management among healthcare professionals. 

How effective is e-learning? 

The European Association for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (EACPT) Working Group on education recently conducted a review to identify and assess the effects of digital learning on learner-related and clinically relevant outcomes.  

They concluded that “e-learning is the most-used type of digital learning for safe and effective prescribing education and is efficacious in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate prescribers the required knowledge, skills, and attitudes“.

About the SCRIPT Medicine and Surgery portfolio for foundation trainee doctors

The SCRIPT Medicine and Surgery e-learning portfolio for foundation trainee doctors is a collection of 49 modules, delivered through a dedicated learning platform, that have been specifically designed to help improve the prescribing competency and safety of foundation doctors.  The portfolio is freely available to all foundation schools in England. 

A module usually takes approximately one hour to complete but does not have to be completed in one sitting. Content has been authored by a team of expert healthcare professionals and is reviewed and updated on a regular basis. 

How do I access the programme?

Anyone with a or e-mail address can access SCRIPT Medicine and Surgery for free.

Where can I get support with the SCRIPT e-learning programme?

In addition to individual access, all foundation schools are provided with a dedicated instance of SCRIPT specific to their region, including a full trainee reporting and monitoring tool. If you represent a foundation school and would like further information on this, please email Nicholas Blackwell to discuss it further. 

If you are new to e-learning, or have a question about the e-learning modules, Nicholas Blackwell will be running virtual live demos on the following dates from 10am to 11am:

  • Tuesday 15 December 2020
  • Tuesday 12 January 2021
  • Tuesday 16 February 2021

During the sessions you will:

  • Have a tour of the SCRIPT user experience
  • Run through a summary of the different SCRIPT variants
  • View some example SCRIPT module content
  • Take a look at the trainee data analytics, management and reporting tool

The virtual demos will be conducted over Microsoft Teams and joining instructions are available by contacting Nicholas.

Merry Christmas from UKFPO

We would like to wish all our applicants and Foundation Doctors a merry and peaceful Christmas. This has been a challenging year and everyone at the UKFPO would like to thank you for your hard work throughout. We wish you the best of luck in the coming year and we look forward to supporting you in 2021.

Events, Information and Opportunities from External Partners

New Foundation Feed

You are invited to join the new Foundation Feed, which streamlines posts from the UKFPO, HEE and other stakeholder’s social media accounts to ensure Foundation doctors are kept up to date.

Free educational online resources

The Virtual College has a page of free educational online courses across a variety of topics, including infection prevention, safeguarding and mental health.