Wednesday 10th August 2022

New Updates

URGENT F1 Withdrawals

Please can we ask trusts to ensure that we are advised of any new F1’s who have withdrawn from training (if you’ve not already advised us already). Unfortunately, we aren’t always made aware by trainees themselves.

Please use the PDMDE Support Portal to inform us click here to be directed to the PGMDE Support Portal.

***IMPORTANT: F2 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: or contact is via PSP.

REMINDER: 2022 Shadowing Confirmation

We have reverted back to the pre pandemic process with regards to shadowing payments:

All F1 Trainees attend 4-5 days induction/shadowing at their trust 1 week before their formal training starts on the first Wednesday of August.

Trainees 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 have provided trusts with a spreadsheet to record extended shadowing for their IMG trainees and trainees out of the NHS for two years to be able to claim this money.


As you may know, foundation doctors may have their visa application decisions delayed (it usually takes about 3 weeks, may now be 6 weeks or more). This means that some IMGs may have to delay starting in their posts.

Please could we ask Trusts to inform us of any known Foundation doctors with visa delays, so that we can put the necessary steps in place to manage their delayed start to Foundation training, appropriately. Please use the PDMDE Support Portal to inform us click here to be directed to the PGMDE Support Portal.


The F1 – F2 TOI form is now closed. Any trainees who have not completed the F1 – F2 TOI form must now contact their Trust directly.

Foundation ALS Update

We can confirm that Trusts can continue to claim the costs of ALS courses for their Foundation trainees from the study leave budget for the 2022/23 financial year.

Please note that from 1st January 2022, ALS courses will only be reimbursed up to a maximum of £275 per trainee.

As in the previous financial year we will not be providing bulk payments for these courses. Instead, we request that you claim for these courses once they are delivered via the locally-delivered tab on your study leave monthly return. Please note the usual rules for locally-delivered claims will apply – only trainees in a HEE-registered Foundation training programme can be reimbursed.

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.

2022/23 PSA FS dates

We have now contacted trusts separately who will need to make arrangements for their trainees who will be sitting the 6th September exam.

For 2022/23 sittings, all trainees who have not sat and passed the exam at Medical School will sit the exam in person, with in person invigilation.

Please note the dates for all PSA sittings (all held at 1pm):

Tuesday 6 September 2022

Monday 13th March 2023

Monday 24th April 2023

REMINDER: LTFT Category 3 Pilot expansion from Summer 2022  

Following the completion of the ‘lead in’ year, we will now transition into the full Category 3 model whereby trainees can undertake an unspecified period of time as LTFT Category

Further information on LTFT Category 3 can be found here 

  • Approval of applications must be subject to service considerations via TPD approval.  
  • Trainees must be in post at the time of application. 

From August 2022, postgraduate doctors can choose to apply to train less than full time at 50/60/70 or 80% for 12-months.  Individuals would then revert back to 100% whole time equivalent (i.e. full time) or could apply again if they wished to continue to train less than full time. Please be aware that any application to train less than full time will result in a change to your expected completion date of your foundation training programme and a reduction in pay pro rata.

LTFT Category 3 applications will be managed via application windows.  Details of the application windows are below: 

 LTFT Application Window  

For rotations commencing:  

25th July -15th August 22 


31st October- 21st November 22 


*Please note that applications can only be accepted for the start of each of your specialty rotations so if you miss a window, please apply in line with your next specialty rotation date as per above.

To submit an LTFT Category 3 application, complete the application form available here. 

If you require information about the visa implications of LTFT training, please check our ‘LTFT for trainees with a Tier 2 visa/Skilled Worker Sponsorship’ page.  

For any other questions, please contact your specialty team via the LPMDE support portal.  

Royal College of Pathologists Foundation Fellowships

Congratulations to those of you who have been appointed to a Foundation post which includes a pathology discipline. I am delighted to draw your attention to the Royal College of Pathologists Foundation Fellowship scheme, for which you are therefore eligible to apply. This is the third year of running our Foundation Fellowships, which has proved a very successful and popular scheme.

You can find details of the scheme here: RCPath Foundation Fellowships.

I do hope as many as possible of you will apply for a Fellowship and I look forward to welcoming the successful candidates to the RCPath community.

Kind regards,

Angharad Davies

Professor Angharad Davies MA MB BChir, MRCP, FRCPath, PhD, PFHEA

Vice-President (Learning), Royal College of Pathologists

Useful Information and Reminders

Foundation doctors in GP and psychiatry placements contributing to acute services

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

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

Foundation guidance produced by the UKFPO for Foundation Trainees

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

Click here for guidance

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

UKFPO Bulletin

To read the latest UKFPO Bulletin access the link below:

Courses, Events, Research and Competitions

TRIPOM 2022 – 22nd September 2022

TRIPOM 2022 will showcase expert speakers in perioperative medicine as well as senior clinicians and healthcare professionals presenting local projects that are trailblazing perioperative care nationally.

TRIPOM 2022 also allows trainees and allied health professionals the opportunity to present their own work on the national stage either in the form of an oral presentation or poster.

TRIPOM 2022 is the platform to launch TRIPOM’s first educational infographic, with TRIPOM members submitting their designs to be the designer/author of the first TRIPOM infographic, spearheading our educational content for the future.

Other highlights of TRIPOM 2022 will be:

  • A live CPET with interactive discussion and teaching
  • An interactive, intra-operative fluid management simulation
  • Well being sessions
  • A free two course menu, with complimentary drinks and snacks.

To find out more about TRIPOM and join (it’s free) visit their website – 

This event is supported by CPOC, RCoA and Edwards Life Sciences.

V-Space for SuppoRTT Trainees 2022

The V-Space Coaching and Support Programme is a series of four group coaching and peer support sessions for doctors returning to training after taking time out. The small groups run for 2.5 hours every fortnight and are led by a senior group coach from the Professional Support Unit’s Coaching Service. Conducted entirely online and in a confidential setting, V-Space aims to create 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. 

Sessions combine experiential learning via pair and group activities with insights from guest speakers plus coaching tools and support resources. The overall aim is to assist doctors to return to training with a clear sense of their needs and objectives, as well as the support and resources to achieve these with full confidence and commitment.   

V-Space features:

  • Guest speaker slots ‘in conversation with’ trainees who have experienced typical challenges related to returning to training. They will share what they learned and the strategies and approaches they found useful.
  • Small, closed group working together every fortnight over a series of four sessions.
  • WhatsApp group for connecting with peers in between sessions.
  • Tools & resources circulated after each session to support your learning and group engagement.    


Doctors in London and the South East from any specialty, at any stage of training, and who have taken time out of training for reasons of parental leave, medical leave, academic/research purposes or a career break are welcome to apply. We also ask that participants are within a few months of taking time out or due to return to training within a few months of the group start date (see options below).  

Spaces are limited to 14 participants per group so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Please use the following link for further information and to register

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 trainees

A new video for all foundation trainees, 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

Foundation Careers

NEW! FY2 - How to Succeed in Core and Specialty Training applications webinar

Thursday 8th September 2022 (18.00-19.00) or Wednesday 14th September 2022 (18.00-19.00)

Wondering how to turn your decision about specialty choice into a successful application?   

Career Planning webinars for all London and KSS doctors in foundation training are currently booking for September. These 1-hour webinars, delivered by the HEE Careers London team, will include key information, advice and guidance on making successful applications from making your decision, submitting the application and mastering the selection processes and interviews. To find out more and to register please click here:

NEW 2022 - FY2 Specialty Application Webinars | London (

Self Awareness | London (

Career Exploration | London (

Useful links

Courses (all)


Horus - Changes and updates