UKFPO Bulletin: 7th April 2021

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AFP Trainees – Covid Questionnaire

Last year, many AFP trainees in the North West of England took the time to tell us about disruptions to, and opportunities within, the Academic Foundation Programme as a result of the pandemic. You can read about the results in this report. We have now extended this nationally and we invite you to complete this questionnaire. This will help us to find any further impacts now that we are in wave three. Thank you for your participation.

UKFPO Call for Foundation Doctor Case Studies

To help prepare new F1 doctors for life in foundation training, we would like to request case studies from current foundation doctors for the UKFPO website. Have a read of our new case studies, submitted by current foundation trainees, 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 Ellie at to discuss your ideas or request more information. Thank you!

COVID-19 Ways of Working

Please visit the HEE Covid-19 Ways of Working update here to find learning resources such as rapid training webinars and COVID-19 vaccination e-learning materials. This material is available to staff and trainees in all four UK nations.

The Learning Hub – resources to support the management of the tracheostomy in COVID-19 patients

A suite of videos on tracheostomy management in COVID-19 patients has been contributed to the Learning Hub.

The short videos are aimed at colleagues involved in the COVID-19 response including nurses, auxiliary health professionals and hospital, and pandemic field hospital, doctors.

The series of videos include:

For more information about the Learning Hub follow us on Twitter: @HEE_TEL and visit the Learning Hub website to read about our journey so far.

Events, Information and Opportunities from External Partners

Eating Disorders Training for Foundation Doctors and Medical Students

This training was developed in response to the PHSO investigation into avoidable deaths from eating disorders as outlined in recommendations from the report titled Ignoring the Alarms: How NHS Eating Disorder Services Are Failing Patients (PHSO, 2017). It is the result of collaboration between Beat, Health Education England and the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Eating Disorders and is designed to ensure that all medical students and foundation doctors are trained to understand, identify and respond appropriately when faced with a patient with a possible eating disorder. The training can be accessed via the Beat Eating Disorders website.

Choose GP Campaign

The number of doctors choosing GP continues to increase, with a total of 3,793 doctors accepting GP training places in 2020, breaking NHS records. If you are interested in learning more about GP training, please visit the GPNRO website and the resources below.

Prescribing Safety Assessment

BPS Assessment is pleased to announce that the Prescribing Safety Assessment is now available to international candidates. Please visit their website for more information.

Learning Resources

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 can be found on the e-Learning for Healthcare website.

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 easier to access the appropriate session linked to the curriculum.