All F1’s should have now completed their first placement and hopefully, you will have settled into the workplace and gained confidence in your abilities. I’m sure moving to a new placement will have brought back some of the anxiety we all feel when starting a new job, especially for those moving from a community setting to acute hospital work.
I hope too, this means you will have a selection of evidence in your portfolio in all three higher level outcomes (HLOs) of the curriculum, a clinical supervisor report (CSR) and an educational supervisor report (ESR). Most will have a TAB and, I hope, most will have a PSG report too. The same is true for F2s.
For the new placement, foundation doctors will need to look at their portfolio and summary narrative and use these to write a new PDP that will help them meet the curriculum outcomes for the year. This can be discussed and refined when they meet their new clinical supervisor. Also, if they have not had a formal PSG report, the new CS will need to organise one for the new placement. Remember, it is now mandatory to undertake one PSG per level of training.
Remember, most evidence for achievement of FPCs/HLOs is provided by performance in the workplace. However, some will be shown by evidence of knowledge from and reflection on teaching sessions and on-line learning. Below is a link to a number of eLfH modules which automatically link to the eportfolios. Please use these/encourage your FDs to use them.
Keep working on your eportfolio: ARCPs take place in June for most FDs so eportfolios need to be completed by May 2023.
Finally, with winter setting in, remember that sometimes workloads will be heavy leading to missed or cancelled teaching sessions. There will be late finishes too. Even with the best planning this cannot be avoided. We will all have to be a little bit flexible. However, this should not be the norm and, if it is, this should be taken up with the FTPD and/or Guardian of Safe Working where these exist.
And really finally – I’d like to wish all of you who have read this far a very Happy Christmas or, if you do not celebrate Christmas then peace and goodwill for the next few weeks followed by happiness, prosperity and success in 2023.
As always, there is information on all this on the website. You can also email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tony Choules, Operational Advisor to the UKFPO
Links and information
As a reminder, the UKFPO run several webinars throughout the year where the recording are listed on our resources page.
Please click here to watch the recording of a webinar that took place on 26 October 2022. It was aimed at FP trainers and trainees, foundation school managers and medical education managers and explores the PSG and eportfolios.
Joint Foundation Sharing Best Practice Event with the UKFPO
* * Call for Abstracts * *
5:00pm Friday 16th December 2022
Join us for our annual joint ‘Sharing Best Practice’ event with the UKFPO on Wednesday 29th March 2023 at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham.
We are looking for good practice examples of educational innovations relating to foundation training.
- Submissions are welcome from anyone involved in supporting the training of foundation doctorsWe will be shortlisting abstracts submitted for oral and poster presentations, the deadline for submission is 5:00pm Friday 16th December 2022
Click below link for more information
Good communication: Foundation update (December 2022)
Welcome to your December 2022 update from the Foundation elearning programme. This month focuses on good communication.
From breaking bad news or supporting the bereavement process, to communicating issues such as treatment risks or organ donation to patients, communication skills are key to your success as a doctor. The following sessions aim to support you to sell your diagnosis, your treatment, and most of all yourself, to your patients.
The Foundation elearning programme has been developed specifically for Foundation doctors by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in partnership with Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh), and is approved by the UK Foundation Programme (UKFPO).
- Communication Skills
- Breaking Bad News
- Bereavement Process
- Communicating Treatment Risks to Patients
- Organ Donation and Related Communication Skills
The sessions cover key areas in your curriculum on:
FPC 1: Clinical Assessment
FPC 2: Clinical Prioritisation
FPC 3: Holistic Planning
FPC 4: Communication and Care
FPC 5: Continuity of Care
FPC 6: Sharing the Vision
FPC 8: Upholding Values
FPC 11: Ethics and Law
The Foundation programme has a range of other sessions that might help you. Please log in to the programme page to view more.
You can sign on to the elearning with your login supplied by elearning for healthcare at any time during your foundation training: https://www.elfh.org.uk/programmes/foundation-programme/
Horus and Turas have deep links to elearning for healthcare sessions from the Foundation Curriculum and are therefore accessible to all trainees, making it quicker and easier to access the appropriate session linked to the curriculum.
An evaluation survey is also available to capture feedback on these sessions.