2nd June 2021

New Updates

New UK Foundation Programme Curriculum 2021

The Foundation Programme (FP) curriculum, which underpins the training and professional development of newly graduated doctors, relaunches for the first time in five years this summer.

Key points

  • The curriculum sets out a holistic approach to care including physical health, mental health and social health and the skills required to manage this in both acute and community settings and for patients with chronic conditions. Foundation doctors must demonstrate that they are competent in the traditional elements of medical training but also in areas such as communication and consultation skills, patient safety and teamwork. The curriculum provides a framework for educational progression that will help them achieve these skills and supports them through the first two years of professional development after graduation from medical school.
  • High standards of support and the importance of direct observation in the workplace feature strongly in the 2021 curriculum. It has a reduced number of higher-level outcomes and professional capabilities which means it is easier to follow and provides a more streamlined approach.
  • There are also changes for clinical and educational supervisors, who are required to have a better understanding of equality and diversity issues and have up to date CPD in foundation training.

Resources and further information

The UKFPO have put together a series of resources that will help trainees, trainers and foundation schools to understand what the new curriculum means for them.

To access these resources and for further information, please visit our website via https://foundationprogramme.nhs.uk/curriculum/  


We would like to thank everyone involved in the production and roll out of the new curriculum for your time and expertise!

If you have any queries or comments about the revised curriculum, please contact us via Curriculum2021@foundationprogramme.nhs.uk

UKFPO Team  

Near Peer Support

Recommendation 13 of the Foundation Review recommended that all F1s should be have the opportunity to have a more senior trainee as a mentor. We have worked with the AoMRC to come up with a suggested scheme called ‘Near-peer support’ although this should not replace an established scheme – rather it is for those who don’t have anything, or might like to refine their scheme. Please find useful documentation below with further information about the scheme:

Near Peer Support Implementation Guide

Near Peer Support Heads of Terms

Near Peer Support Template

Useful Information and Reminders


Merit Awards Update

The information regarding this years Merit Awards process will be released in June.

LTFT Trainee Representatives

We have now appointed two new LTFT South Thames Reprensentatives: Charlotte Burford and Kate Jordan.

For further information and how to contact the Reps regarding LTFT please click here.

***Highly Important***GMC Full Registration Process 2021

In order to start the second year of the Foundation Programme (F2) you need to apply for full registration with a licence to practise with the GMC. You should submit your application as early as possible to make sure you have the correct registration in time to start your F2 post.  

Non-UK graduates Please click here for further information

UK graduate should follow instructions sent by the GMC which will be sent 12 and 8 weeks ahead of F2

F2 standalone timeline reminders: 

Wednesday 2nd – Friday 4th June 2021 

Second round of clearing offers 


Membership and Representation Options for Foundation Doctors Among Royal Colleges and Faculties

Please click here for further information.

Extended Shadowing 2021

Funding for an Extended F1 Shadowing period has now been confirmed. Please see some guidance below on the implementation of this:

Extra Shadowing 2021: Comms

Extended Shadowing 2021: Guidance

Please note: funding for this is a one-off, just for 2021 due to the Covid pandemic

  • That attendance for the extra 5 days shadowing is not mandatory
  • Those who choose not to attend the extra shadowing MUST be given appropriate induction and statutory/mandatory training to allow them to start their FY1 post on Wednesday 4th August 2021

Contacting the London and KSS Foundation Schools

There has recently been an increase in emails/messages being sent to personal inboxes. Please be reminded that contact with the Foundation Team in HET should be through the PGMDE Support Portal rather than to individuals email addresses or shared mailboxes. This will ensure that your query can be directed to the correct person within the team and dealt with as quickly as possible. Please click here to be directed to the PGMDE Support Portal.

Please do not use F1.LASE@Hee.nhs.uk, F2.lase@hee.nhs.uk, FPEnquiries.lase@hee.nhs.uk or personal inboxes.

Supporting Trainers, Supporting Doctors, Supporting Patients: progress since the postgraduate medical foundation programme review including Foundation Dr Quality Charter

In 2018–2019 the HEE Foundation Programme Review heard evidence from a wide range of stakeholders, including foundation doctors, about the difficulties faced by those entering foundation training from medical school.  Several recommendations were made and this pack outlines progress and contains practical information to assist with implementation.

Please refer to section 2 of the paper (pages 10-17) for the Foundation Dr ‘Quality Charter’ and Good Practice Guidance.

Progress Since the Postgraduate Medical Foundation Programme Review

UKFPO Bulletin

To read the latest UKFPO Bulletin access the link below:

We have published our latest bulletin: UKFPO Bulletin / 19th May

Please share with your networks, including FTPDs and Foundation Doctors.

ARCP requirements for June 2021

Requirements have been adapted for all foundation doctors to reflect the ongoing effects of the pandemic. For more information please visit the UKFPO website by accessing the following link https://foundationprogramme.nhs.uk/curriculum/arcp/.

Self-Development Time

Recommendation #14 of the foundation review was to ensure all foundation doctors have time formally included in their work schedules for non-clinical professional activities and that this would be called ‘self-development time’.

From August 2020, all English trusts with foundation doctors were required to include self-development time in the work schedules of foundation year two (FY2) and then if possible for foundation year one (FY1) doctors. FY2 doctors had a minimum of two hours per week self-development time. FY1 doctors also had a minimum of 1 hour although not mandatory. 

After evaluating the first year of this scheme listening to feedback from trainees themselves and the system it has been determined that from August 2021 all FY1 and FY2 doctors will have a minimum of 2 hours on average per week of SDT time. The implementation of this has been planned with the wellbeing of doctors in mind, but also with the demands that are being placed upon service provision in mind.

Further information and case studies is available on https://www.hee.nhs.uk/our-work/doctors-training/foundation-review

- New requirements on Self-Development Time for Foundation Doctors from 1 August 2021 - Self development time - NHS Employers

- Other Royal Colleges have recommendations on this area too for core and higher trainees – e.g. Educational Development Time - TSC Recommendations Feb 2021.pdf (rcem.ac.uk)

- Fines information for Guardians – when fines should be applied : Rota-rules-at-a-glance.pdf (nhsemployers.org)

Responsible Officer Details

F2’s are Responsible to ensure they are connected to the correct Responsible Officer, this is usually your Post Graduate Dean, for more information or guidance please see: https://lonkssfoundation.hee.nhs.uk/gmc or contact is via PSP.

School Trainee Reps 2020-2021

Please click on the link below to find the 2020-2021 school trainee reps’ information for each Foundation School:

South Thames Foundation School

North West London Foundation School

North Central and East London Foundation School

Maintaining Postgraduate medical education and training

The four nations have agreed a set of principles for educational organisations during pandemic surges. Please see the link below to read the full report.

Maintaining postgraduate medical education and training

BMJ Best practice

BMJ Best Practice is an authoritative clinical decision support tool provided free at the point of use to all NHS staff and learners, funded by Health Education England. Accessible 24/7 via app, website and EHR integration, it informs evidence-based clinical decision making at the point of care and supports continuous professional development.

To learn more and download the app, go to https://www.bmj.com/company/hee/

PSG Now Mandatory for all Foundation Trainees

Extract from Horus:

“The importance of the Placement Supervision Group (PSG)

The UK FP Curriculum Delivery Group have developed a helpful one-page information sheet (available on the UKFPO’s Sharing Best Practice page) on the importance of using the PSG to gain robust feedback about all foundation doctors (and specifically not just those who may require additional support).

The PSG is part of the FP Curriculum 2016 and will be a part of the new curriculum as well.

Please make your Foundation Programme Directors (FPDs) and medical education managers aware of this guidance and encourage the use of the PSG feedback tools in the e-portfolios.

Covid information for Trainees and Trusts

HEE have put together a number of resources to guide trainees during the COVID-19 crisis which can be found here: https://www.hee.nhs.uk/covid-19/information-doctors-training-october-2020-onwards

Royal College of Physicians Foundation Doctor membership

If you are interested in pursuing a career in the medical specialties, the RCP offers membership for just £4 a month. Benefits include access to the RCP’s library service including over 1,000 e-journals; free and discounted e-learning modules; free access to CPD content via our streaming service RCP Player and much more.

For more information go to www.rcplondon.ac.uk/join

Trainees self-isolating due to COVID-19 and whether it contributes towards sickness allowance and training time UKFPO

We have received a number of enquiries from FSDs regarding interpretation of the ‘20 day rule’ in the curriculum and how this should be interpreted in the context of COVID-related absence, either in regard to short term periods of isolation or extended absence for those in the highly vulnerable group. For further information please access the following document: Curriculum Requirements and Covid-Related Absences

Courses, Events, Research and Competitions

**Register Now - Old Age Psychiatry for the 21st Century Conference - 16th September 2021**

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding the ‘Old Age Psychiatry for the 21st Century' conference on the 16th September 2021.  This 1 day event has been organised by colleagues in the Old Age Psychiatry Directorate, together with our Postgraduate Department and focuses around working with older adults and advances in the field of old age psychiatry. 

We would welcome you to join us at this year’s event.  For further event details and to register please see the programme by clicking here and the registration link below:


Face-to-face attendance at the Wellcome Collection is on a first-come, first-served basis and includes refreshments, lunch and a drinks reception at the end of the day.

Tickets are also available to attend the conference virtually.

Foundation Year 1

Live Webinar – Career Planning for Foundation Doctors – focussing on self-awareness and career exploration

Dates: Monday 7 June; Tuesday 8 June; Wednesday 9 June; Tuesday 15 June; Wednesday 16 June; Thursday 17 June

An interactive webinar to raise awareness of strategies for good career planning and management.  This webinar will look at the importance of understanding your values, skills and interests in making care decisions as well as the role of thorough opportunity research in optimising success in the selection process.  The webinar will address options post foundation from specialty selection, academic programmes and planning an F3 year. 

Places on these webinars can be booked here: https://london.hee.nhs.uk/professional-development/courses-and-conferences

For further information on available support form the Careers Team please take a look at the resources for Foundation Doctors on our website:  https://london.hee.nhs.uk/careers-unit/doctors/foundation-doctors   There is regular development of these resources.


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.

DEMEC Conference 06.12.2021-07.12.2021

For further information about the DEMEC Conference and how to register please click here to view the flyer.

Paediatric Surgery On-call Survival Course

The Paediatric Surgery On-call Survival Course course curriculum has been developed and will be delivered by London Paediatric Surgery Registrars. Please note that this course will be held virtually this year.


This course is aimed at junior doctors who want to improve their understanding and ability to manage commonly encountered presentations in paediatric surgery.

Appropriate for those with an interest in pursuing a career in paediatric surgery as well as those with upcoming paediatric surgery surgery jobs, regardless of career goals.


A one day focused course aimed at improving theoretical knowledge and surviving a paediatric surgery on-call shift.

Teaching will consist of a series of short lectures focusing on presentations commonly encountered by junior doctors with an emphasis on the areas they most often find challenging.


The course aims to improve theoretical knowledge to allow junior doctors to more confidently and appropriately manage paediatric surgery patients which can be a very daunting task, particularly on the many occasions they find their registrar and consultant in theatre!

Course fee: £10 and includes a course certificate

Please click here to view provisional programme

Visit aseduc.org to book your space

***For those unable to attend the event a link to the recording will be sent and will be available for 7 days.***

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: 2
Delivers patient centred care and maintains trust sessions:


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.

Core Surgery Training Interview Coaching

For those looking to apply to core surgical training seeking coaching in all aspects of the interview, including presentation and portfolio, please see the flyer below and contact cstinterviewcoaching@gmail.com .


Clinical Radiology application course

Are you applying for Radiology this year? Want to maximise your application? Then make sure to sign up for our online RadCast Clinical Radiology Application Course.

Designed by Clinical Radiologists, we have over 50 modules (5 hours of content in total) that walk you through each component of the application process. Whether it’s understanding about the role of A.I or the impact of COVID-19 on the specialty, we’ve developed the most comprehensive and complete Clinical Radiology application course out there.

Plus, it’s all online meaning it's available 24/7 and we are offering candidates an opportunity to boost their portfolio with our bespoke Clinical Radiology prizes. Finally, we are able to facilitate 1-to-1 interview sessions with radiologists to really personalise your preparation.

Last year, 100% of our trainees were successful in securing their Clinical Radiology national training number. Now it’s your turn.

If you’re interested, check out the flyer and go on our course website via www.radcast.co.uk/courses/crac.

You can watch our free introductory video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c19rBsNi9-g

Any questions, feel to get in touch via hello@radcast.co.uk


New Recognising and Managing Deterioration e-learning programme launched

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked in partnership with London South Bank University and Bournemouth University, to develop a new, free e-learning programme to support health and social care professionals working in clinical environments where patients could physically deteriorate.

The Recognising and Managing Deterioration programme is an e-learning resource offered at two levels, universal and advanced, to reflect the participant’s experience and clinical setting. This resource is structured around the ABCDE assessment tool and allows participants to revise their anatomy and physiology, develop their skills and knowledge in the assessment process to recognise deterioration and manage the findings within the scope of their clinical role.

Changes to vital signs, behaviour and mental state often occur before a serious event, such as cardiac arrest. Being able to recognise and act on these changes are essential skills to improving patient safety and outcomes. A range of resources are available in this e-learning programme to support the workforce and organisations in ensuring staff have the necessary knowledge and skills to recognise and manage deterioration in adult patients.

How to access the e-learning

The Recognising and Managing Deterioration e-learning programme is available to the health and care workforce via the e-Learning for Healthcare Hub.

You can learn more about the e-learning resources on the Recognising and Managing Deterioration programme page

Useful links