UKFPO Bulletin: 28 July 2021

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Welcome to this latest UKFPO bulletin. 

Wednesday 4th Aug is not far away now and I’m sure many of our new F1s will be feeling anxious as they approach the end of their shadowing period. If this applies to you, please remember that you are not alone and there is plenty of support available if you need it from more senior trainees, educational supervisors and postgraduate centre staff all of whom will be willing to help you settle in. Remember, many of us have been in your position and those that haven’t are used to dealing with people in your position. If you don’t know, ask.

Also, first impressions make really good reflective entries in your e-portfolio and a reminder at the end of the year on how far you have come – write some of your thoughts down.

To all those who are not new F1s, please be considerate and remember there is a lot to take in. Some of our new colleagues will take the duck to water approach, others will need a little more help. If you see someone looking lost in the corridor, please check they are ok and if you don’t get a really clear answer ask if they are sure.  Remember, we are all individuals, and we all have different needs.

Tony Choules, Operational Advisor to the UKFPO

UKFPO F1 trainee induction survey

New F1 doctors are invited to complete the UKFPO F1 trainee induction survey during August and September 2021. This is part of a long term project to identify any concerns/anxieties you may have about starting your F1 post. The information you provide will help to develop a realistic evaluation of the induction programme and help us to improve working life for future trainees. It should only take you approximately 10 minutes to complete. The questionnaire is anonymous and your thoughts and comments are greatly appreciated. See further information in this invitation letter.

UKFPO Webinars


As part of the introduction of the 2021 UKFP Curriculum, the UKFPO are pleased to invite trainers, graduates and foundation doctors to attend webinars to help explore what the curriculum means for them. Dates of the planned webinars and recordings of past webinars are below, however please click here to keep up to date with how to access the webinars. All webinars will be recorded and uploaded onto our website.

  1. What does the curriculum mean for students and trainees (took place on Tuesday 13 July 2021) – please click here to access the recording via our website.
  2. What does the curriculum mean for trainers – (took place Wednesday 21 July 2021) – please click here to access the recording via our website.  
  3. What does the curriculum mean for International Medical Graduates – Thursday 5 August 2021, 18:00-19:00 BST – You do not need to pre-register, simply click here to join the webinar at 18:00.

Other information on the curriculum can be found on the curriculum webpage.


  1. Recordings of the Q&A webinars which took place on 13 July and 20 July are available on our website

FP2022 Eligibility Application process – closes Wednesday 4 August 2021, 12:00 (midday BST).

The Eligibility Application process for FP2022 opened Wednesday 14 July and will close on Wednesday 4 August 2021, 12:00 (midday BST). Guidance for the Eligibility application process is on the UKFPO website.

Mind the Bleep

Mind the Bleep supports foundation doctors with free content on clinicalemployment career topics. Get in touch if you’re keen to boost your portfolio e.g. lead a national QIP. If you’re a new FY1, they’re providing weekly webinars to help you! Mind the Bleep is created by Dr Akash Doshi, a medical registrar who loves teaching & supporting foundation doctors. He’s always happy to be contacted to offer help & support to anyone

Doctors in Training Induction Programme

The Doctors in Training (DiT) Induction e-learning programme has been reviewed and updated ahead of the new training year. Following feedback and reviews on the current content, the programme has been updated and reviewed by subject specialists to improve the experience for learners. The updated programme is now available on the e-LfH Hub from 1 July 2021

DiT is aimed at Foundation Doctors (F1 and F2) and provides knowledge in 8 key clinical areas. It addresses some identified gaps in knowledge for doctors prior to starting their next year on 1 August. The programme focuses on professional skills in the workplace through 3 patient journey scenarios and each one comes with an assessment to confirm compliance. 

More information, including access details, is available on the Doctors in Training Induction page. 

Enrolment now open for Safeguarding Adults Level 3 online courses

Health Education England has announced the dates for the next two online Safeguarding Adults Level 3 courses are now open for enrolment. The courses are open to all staff across the UK.

Join a large cohort of learners on this free Safeguarding Adults Level 3 online course with expert mentors on hand to support your learning. Completion of this course contributes towards the achievement of level 3 safeguarding competencies, as set out in Safeguarding for Adults: Roles and Competencies.

Topics covered include:

  • Taking part in, and contributing to, wider multi-disciplinary safeguarding meetings
  • The challenges of complex safeguarding concerns
  • How communication, information sharing and confidentiality contribute to effective safeguarding
  • Professional and contemporaneous safeguarding documentation
  • Reflective practice and the role of supervision in safeguarding.

The course is available free of charge for colleagues working in health and care. The next two start dates for the online course are 20 September 2021 and 22 November 2021.

For more information about the course and to enrol for free visit the FutureLearn website.

Events, Information and Opportunities from External Partners

Call for Short Videos from Foundation Doctors

HEE South West are calling for short videos from current FY1s and FY2s answering the following questions:

1) What did you most enjoy about FY1/2?

2) What did you find challenging in FY1/2?

3) Any tips/advice for incoming FY1/2?

For more information please contact

E-Learning for Healthcare (E-LfH) updates

E-Learning for Healthcare has a wealth of educational resources aimed at both Foundation supervisors and foundation doctors on both clinical and professional topics.

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

The Horus and Turas e-portfolios have deep links to healthcare-LfH sessions from the Foundation Curriculum and therefore accessible to all trainees, making it quicker and easy to access the appropriate session linked to the curriculum.

With the roll-out of the new curriculum, the links below focus on modules relating to the learning and assessment tools that are used.

Updates to End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA) e-learning

A new learning path for Foundation Doctors has been added to the End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA) e-learning programme. The resource has been designed to be completed by doctors during placements to support their own learning and can also be signposted to by supervisors.

Virtual Instructor Led Learning Faculty – PGMDE focus (England only – for now)

Health Education England’s Technology Enhanced Learning (HEE TEL) team is working on the Virtual Instructor Led Learning (VILL) Faculty, which aims to support the education community increase their confidence and capability as they are transitioning to designing, developing and delivering learning virtually. 

The VILL faculty aims to offer support to everyone regardless of their current ability and experience. The faculty will be designed to enable the postgraduate medical and dental education (PGMDE) community to be self-serving and self-determined to enable tailored learning to meet their needs and drive excellence when designing and delivering virtually. 

Following a successful series of VILL faculty events to support educators from across the NHS in June 2021, the team is now offering a series of events specifically for the PGMDE community throughout July 2021.

The following support to PGMDE as part of the VILL faculty is available:

NEW Community of Practice (45-minute masterclasses on a key theme)  

o        Group masterclasses  

o        Format: Webinar 

o        Share best practice principles to drive excellence in virtual learning in three critical areas: 

  • Increase interactivity and engagement with learners.  
    • Design principles for virtual learning  
    • Use of technology to stimulate learning. 

Driving Excellence in Virtual Learning Workshop (90 minute live virtual session) 

o        Raise awareness of the context/implications for virtual teaching​ 

o        Support educators to drive excellence in virtual teaching by embedding an evidence-based approach guided by VILL best practice​. 

o        Support educators to drive their capability and confidence.   

o        Guide educators to support/train other educators to accelerate the transition to virtual/hybrid learning and maintain the quality of learning required.   

There are also a limited number of places available for a 20-minute one-to-one coaching session. These sessions are intended to cover topics not addressed in the Driving Excellence Workshop or the Group Webinar Masterclasses. (Please note these sessions are not for technical or IT advice and support on the use of your specific virtual learning platform)

If you require technical support on Microsoft Teams, there are 34 self-directed resources available on the e-LfH Hub.

Capacity on these Virtual Instructor Led Learning Faculty events is limited so please sign up as soon as you can by using the registration form.

MRCS Part A Surgical endocrinology | RCSEd

Junior doctors are invited to a webinar in designed to help prepare for the Intercollegiate Membership of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland Part A examination (MRCS Part A).

This webinar will cover high yield surgical endocrinology for the MRCS Part A exam.

Please click here for more information on the webinar and how to register for it.


  • Cover high yield surgical endocrinology and physiology.
  • Revision of diagnosis, assessment and management of endocrinological disorders.
  • Revision of endocrine physiology.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this webinar, participants should be able to:

  • Tackle MRCS questions on diagnosis, assessment and management of endocrine disorders
  • Have good knowledge of relevant endocrine physiology.


Our panellists include:

Presenter: Dr Htet Htet Aung, ST5 Diabetes and Endocrinology

Moderator: Dr Sanskrithi Sravanam