UKFPO Bulletin: 30th June 2021

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Welcome to this edition of the UKFPO bulletin. It is very short this month and with ARCPs well underway I am sure all FTPDs and administrators are very busy.  Hopefully, having completed e-portfolios, Foundation Doctors in England will have a few moments to take a breather and find the time to complete the NETS survey to ensure HEE understands the current issues and we can improve our training programme.  Also, if any FDs have the time, I would be keen to receive any case studies or other suggestions to enhance the UKFPO website.

Tony Choules, Operational Advisor to the UKFPO

UKFPO Call for Foundation Doctor Case Studies

To help prepare new F1 doctors for life in foundation training, we are still requesting case studies from current foundation doctors for the UKFPO website. Have a read of our new case studies, submitted by current foundation doctors, for an idea of what this can look like, but we are open to ideas on what aspects of foundation training you would like to write about. Please contact to discuss your ideas or request more information. Thank you!

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 will be 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. 

The National Education and Training Survey (NETS) – HEE only

The National Education and Training Survey (NETS) is now open until 23 July 2021. This is the only national (England-wide) survey open to all students and trainees working and training in healthcare and is one of the ways that Health Education England are working to improve the quality of education and training. The NETS is available here

The NETS is an opportunity for students and trainees to tell HEE about their experience and share what is working well and what could be improved.  The survey takes between 6-10 minutes to complete and the results will be available to view in the NETS Reporting Tool

Events, Information and Opportunities from External Partners

National Foundation Trainee Surgical Societies Conference

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is proud to present its first annual conference run by and for foundation trainees. Whether you’re only just starting to consider a career in surgery, or you’re already set on becoming a surgeon and looking to strengthen your CV, this two-day online event is the perfect platform to support your surgical ambitions.

The event will take place online on 16-17 July 2021. For more information or to book, please visit The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh website.

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

National Sarcoma Awareness Project

Final year medical students and foundation doctors are invited to complete a free e-learning module on sarcomas as part of the National Sarcoma Awareness Project. On completion, you will receive a certificate for your e-portfolio and the top scoring participants will be given the opportunity to take part in a funded short-term clinical fellowship at a regional sarcoma centre to further their knowledge on sarcoma and boost their CV.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact