Wednesday 3rd May 2023

New Updates

2023 Shadowing Confirmation

All FY1 doctors attend 4-5 days induction/shadowing at their trust 1 week before their formal training starts on the first Wednesday of August. Funding for this is paid to trusts as part of the placement fee.

FY1’s who have graduated and been out of the NHS for longer than 2 years or who did not graduate from a UK Medical School are offered extended induction/shadowing, up to £1300 per IMG trainee will be available to trusts to fund extended shadowing (to a maximum of 10 days).

We will provide trusts with a spreadsheet to record extended shadowing for their IMG FY1’s and UK medical graduates out of the NHS for two years, to be able to claim this money. This will be sent to trusts in August.

The Peter Fisher Essay Prize 2023

On behalf of Professor Jo Szram, KSS Postgraduate Dean to HoS and CTAG

We are repeating the Essay Prize this year again with £700 prize money in association with the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine who again have offered to consider publishing the winning entry. The title this year is: Is the 1948 model of access to free healthcare still appropriate today?  We seldom hear Trainees’ views expressed in essay form on topics such as this. It is instructive for us and we hope for the trainees as well.

Please see the link below for further details are on our website:

Doctors for the NHS (DFNHS) is a non-political organisation which originated in 1976 as the NHS Consultants Association. We believe that the NHS should be based on service and cooperation, not market forces or competition, and that it should be professionally led. Within our 550 members are doctors from all disciplines, including doctors in training. Further details are available on

National SFP Conference 17th June 2023 - registration and abstract submissions

*Registration Now Open*

Register here for the exciting National Specialised Foundation (SFP) Conference happening in Newcastle on the 17th of June. 

The website for the conference and all the registration forms are now live and available. Check out our conference and what we'll be covering over the day here -

This is a fantastic opportunity to find out more about clinical academic careers and advance your research and academic skills. 

Reminders & Guidance

REMINDER: Remaining 2022/23 PSA sittings

The third and final sitting for current F1 doctors will be on Friday 2 June 2023 (1pm). ARCP considerations can be made nearer the time for those who need this sitting.

If you have any queries regarding the PSA exam please contact us via the PGMDE Portal:

REMINDER: Position statement re trainee on-call shifts immediately prior to rotating hospital trusts.

Pan London Foundation School and the KSS Foundation School would not expect a Foundation doctor (FD) in training to be on-call the evening or night before rotation to a new hospital trust the following day.  FDs should be able to attend induction at a new hospital trust on their first day.  If the published Rota of the current hospital unintentionally allocates an evening or night shift to a rotating FD, then all reasonable steps should be taken to re-allocate the shift to a doctor staying within the trust. 

The process should be led by the trainee, supported by supervisors, the DME and the FTPD.

Should the rare situation arise where there is no alternative option, the DME’s/FTPD’s from each trust should discuss how induction can be facilitated for the affected FD within an appropriately safe timeframe and the Foundation school should be informed.  

Dr Alice Carter: Associate Dean (Foundation), Pan London Foundation School

Dr Paul Reynolds: Foundation School Director, KSS

REMINDER: F2 Responsible Officer Detail

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: or contact is via PSP.


Please can we use this opportunity to remind trusts’ Medical Education colleagues to work with their Medical Staffing teams to regularly check foundation doctors’ posts on TiS, against internal records. Early recognition of any discrepancies can help us all to resolve issues quickly. Thanks.

REMINDER: What are the 2022-23 TAB (Team Assessment of Behaviour) window dates for London and KSS Foundation Schools?

The recommended dates for the remaining TAB rounds are detailed below but these dates are not mandatory. More information on the TAB process can be found on the Horus Website.

Placement 3

Opens: Thursday 20th April 2023

Closes: Monday 15th May 2023

REMINDER: 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,, or personal HEE email addresses.

GUIDANCE: Foundation Doctors taking Parental Leave

Please can all foundation doctors who will be taking a period of Parental Leave, ensure that they use the following FAQ as guidance:

HEE Parental Leave FAQ's

Please also see the NHS employers Maternity guidance using the link below:

NHS Employers Maternity Guidance (rotational doctors and dentists)

GUIDANCE: Less Than Full Time (LTFT) Training for London and KSS

Please click the link below for guidance regarding Less Than Full Time (LTFT) training.

LTFT Guidance         

GUIDANCE: Foundation doctors in GP and psychiatry placements contributing to acute services

Please see below link for guidance regarding Foundation doctors in community placements contributing to acute services Foundation doctors in GP and psychiatry placements contributing to acute services

GUIDANCE: Foundation Doctor Role and Responsibilities

Please use the following link to the updated ‘Foundation Doctor Role and Responsibilities within the Local Education Provider and Minimum Requirements for Clinical Supervision of Foundation Doctors’, document.

Foundation Doctor Role and Responsibilities

GUIDANCE: Foundation guidance produced by the UKFPO for Foundation Doctors

Please find below link to guidance for Foundation Doctors recently produced by the UKFPO.

Click here for guidance

*Please note: This guidance does not apply to any foundation doctor who started either their F1 or F2 year on/after 4 August 2021, as they will be on the 2021 Foundation Programme curriculum. *

GUIDANCE: NHS employers’ guidance on induction for international medical graduates

Please find below link to guidance from NHS employers

UKFPO Bulletin

To read the latest UKFPO Bulletin please use this link:           

Courses, Events, Research and Competitions

CV Review Service (Winter/Spring 2023)

Is your Clinical CV up to date? Would you like support in creating, updating or tailoring your CV? 

The Careers Unit is launching a CV checking service from end of January 2023. You can book a 30 minute online appointment with a HEE careers adviser to get advice on any aspect of your CV including;

  • Planning your CV layout and presentation 
  • Articulating your experience to reflect your skills and strengths 
  • Reviewing an existing CV for clinical applications e.g. specialty, ACF, fellowship, sub-specialty or consultant applications
  • Adapting an existing CV or creating a new one for portfolio or non-clinical roles


A requirement of accessing the service is that you are a doctor/ dentist and that:

Bookable slots are available on Thursday afternoons between 12.30pm and 2.30pm starting Thursday Jan 26th 2023, on a first come first served basis.

Fee: £0

To book your place, please Book here

National QI and Patient Safety Poster Competition 2023: 17th May 2023 (online)

See poster competition details and online entry form here:          

We have up to 160 poster places at our online conference. Successful entries receive:

- An invitation to give a live oral poster presentation* at a national conference on 17th May 2023 (poster entry deadline 3 March 2023)

- A discounted delegate rate of £169 (no VAT). Co-authors will also qualify for the discounted rate.

- A national poster competition presentation certificate with names of presenter(s) and authors

- There will be a first prize and runner up for each themed poster group

* 2-minute oral presentation followed by judge-led Q&A

Contact for more information

MRCS Part A – exam teaching sessions

We are part of the LFTSS (London Foundation Trainee Surgical Society) and we are hoping to arrange a series of teaching sessions for the upcoming MRCS part A exam. 

We are hoping to recruit volunteers to present a section of teaching on one of the surgical domains of their choice. We would like the focus to be on clinical presentation, surgical management, and post op management/complications. We understand that there will likely not be enough time to cover all the relevant anatomy/physiology, in this case we would be very grateful if you could sign post the important anatomy/physiology to cover if there is insufficient time to cover this. 

We aim for each talk to be an hour long maximum with 10 minutes for questions at the end. 

We are incredibly grateful for your time and support and speakers will receive a certificate for support with regional surgical teaching.

Please see below the attached Google docs form, on which you can provide information regarding specific areas you would be able to deliver teaching on and available dates.

Kind regards, 

LFTSS Committee

V-Space groups for SuppoRTT Trainees 

The V-Space Coaching and Support Programme is a series of four group coaching and peer support sessions. The small groups meet online for 2.5 hours every fortnight and are led by a senior group coach from the Professional Support Unit’s Coaching Service. V-Space offers a supportive, confidential and structured learning environment for peer discussion. Each session draws on a range of practical coaching tools for self-reflection, goal-setting, enhanced confidence, stress management and leadership communication. 

V-Space features:

  • Semi-structured facilitated group coaching sessions
  • Guest speaker slots ‘in conversation with’ trainees who share their experience of returning to training
  • Peer support in small breakout room discussions plus WhatsApp group for connecting with peers in between sessions
  • Coaching tools & resources to support you as you move back into training.

You can book by using the links below:

Group 10 - Starts 9th February 2023 -

Group 11 - Starts 10th February 2023 -

Access the point of care tool BMJ Best Practice for free

BMJ Best Practice takes you quickly and accurately to the latest evidence-based information, whenever and wherever you need it.

Our step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and prevention is updated daily using robust evidence-based methodologies. 

This tool is freely available to all healthcare professionals who work for the NHS in England. You can register for free here

If your institution would like to receive further information on BMJ Best Practice, please contact Dr. Kieran Walsh, Clinical Director at BMJ. Dr. Walsh can deliver talks for Foundation Programme doctors at their training sessions or provide information on areas such as the local HEE/BMJ clinical champion scheme. Contact Dr. Kieran Walsh at  

New video resource for foundation doctors

A new video for all foundation, foundation schools and trusts, helping them to understand more about the Foundation Programme Charter, has been shared.

Please click here to launch the Foundation Programme Charter video.

Further videos including Foundation Programme Review and Self Development time can also be found here

NHS Induction Programme for International Medical Graduates - e-learning for health

The National Induction programme has been designed to ensure that all international medical graduates (IMGs) recruited to the NHS are welcomed, valued, and supported as they transition to UK clinical practice.

Please use the following link to access the programme

Foundation Careers & Coaching Events Team

**NEW!​​** FY1 Choosing Speciality options webinars  

Wondering how to go about making an informed decision about your options after completing Foundation training?  

Career Planning webinars for all London & KSS foundation doctors are currently booking for May. These one-hour webinars, delivered by the NHSE Careers London team, will include key information advice and guidance on what to consider around speciality choice. To find out further information and register please click here: 

FY1 Webinar: 23rd May (18.00-19.00pm) 

FY1 Webinar 30th May (19.00-20.00pm) 

**NEW!​​** F3 options webinar 

What may be the best way to plan and take advantage of opportunities within your F3 year or beyond? 

F3 Options webinar for all London & KSS foundation doctors is currently booking for June. This one hour webinar, delivered by the NHSE Careers London team, will include key information advice and guidance on what to consider to make the most of your F3 year including travel/volunteering abroad, fellowships, further study/qualifications and non-training options. To find out further information and register please click here: 

F3 Options Webinar 7th June (18.00-19.00pm) 

Careers Conversation

All foundation trainees have the opportunity to have an individual careers conversation with one of our career coaches which can be arranged by completing the application form at the following link:

FY2 - Preparing for Speciality interviews/F3 Options Stream Videos

Please see below links to the recent webinar recordings delivered to F2 trainees on preparing for speciality applications/interview & F3 options

FY2 Webinar - Preparing for Specialty applications and Interviews-20220914_180522-Meeting Recording.mp4

F3 Options Webinar-20221006_180437-Meeting Recording.mp4

Self Awareness | London (

Career Exploration | London (

Useful links


Horus - Changes and updates