Wednesday 12th January 2022

New Updates

Funded Research Training Opportunities in Mental Health for Foundation Year Doctors

We are moving to an extraordinarily exciting time for mental health research in the UK – with all the major research funders and the government prioritising mental health. The openings for academic psychiatrists are going to be very exciting over the next few years. 

The NIHR Mental Health Translational Research Collaboration (MH-TRC) and the Royal College of Psychiatrists are offering awards to Year 2 Foundation trainees who wish to explore mental health research opportunities. The award will be made available to allow the trainee to spend their foundation taster days (between 1 to 5 days) at a leading mental health research centre within the UK. The applicants should be able to do their taster days any time between 1st of March 2022 and 30th of July 2022. Successful applicants can choose from a list of leading clinical academic centres in the UK offering such placements. Depending on the COVID rules and the applicants' preference, training can be done either in person, virtually, or blended. Travel costs will be covered by the award. The application deadline is Wednesday 19th January 2022, at 13:00 UK time. For more information and application details please click here.

If you have any queries regarding the opportunity, please contact

National TIPS QI Foundation Session - 27th January 2022

Dear Foundation doctors,

TIPS QI run the QI training for the North West of England School of Foundation Training and Physician Associates

Check out our website:

Want to know more about how you as a trainee can improve your patients' safety by improving aspects of their care or the system?

Not sure what the difference between audit, research and quality improvement is? Wondering how to complete a QI project?

Join us virtually for an evening of learning about quality improvement methodology and how this can empower trainees to have a voice and make work-based improvements to patient safety. We will equip you with some concepts and tools to help you brainstorm, plan and execute your own QI project!

The evening is aimed at Foundation doctors nationally. Spaces are limited (free) so book early to avoid disappointment!

Sign up at

Looking forward to meeting you, 

Gary Jevons and Mila Roode

TIPS QI Faculty

National Foundation Doctors Presentation Day 2022 Virtual Conference - Friday 28th January 2022.

Registration for NFDPD is open !

Successfully shortlisted oral and poster presenters have been invited to register already, but general delegates are now welcome to register as well.

Please register via the online form:

UKFPO and NACT UK Sharing Best Practice day: Thursday 17th March 2022

The UKFPO and NACT UK  are again hosting the annual ‘Sharing Best Practice’ day on Thursday 17th March 2022 at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham.  (This will hopefully be a face to face meeting).

Previous year’s evaluation from the delegates suggested that having the Foundation School “Best Educational Innovation“ was much appreciated and worked well. In view of this we would like to ask you to nominate your top project of 2021/22 to share and present at this meeting and encourage Foundation doctors to share best practice too. 

Submissions are welcome from anyone involved in supporting the training of foundation doctors

We will be short listing the abstracts submitted for poster presentations as well. 

Please find attached the registration form (Reg Form FPSE) and flyer (FP Sharing Call for papers).

For further information, please contact the NACT UK office:

SAVE THE DATE: National Academic Foundation Programme Conference, Bristol - Saturday 11th June 2022

We are excited to announce that Bristol will be hosting the UKFPO national conference 2022.  We hope this event will be of immediate practical assistance to anyone following an academic career path.  Themes of academic research, education and leadership training will be included.  There will be a focus on you, as trainees, and it will offer opportunities to present your research and network with your peers and senior academics.  

Further details about the event, including how to register, will follow.

Who should attend? 

The conference will be trainee-centred and will be of interest to academically minded medical students, foundation trainees and any faculty or more senior colleagues who are involved with academic foundation training. We hope the event will be of immediate practical assistance to any colleague following an academic career path, and those who are advising them. Themes of academic research, education and leadership training will be included. Further details will be sent out in due course. 

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

Time out of training (Toot)

We would like to remind all trainees and trainers that the maximum permitted absence from training, other than annual leave is 20 days within each 12 month period of the foundation programme. Where a doctors absence goes above 20 days this will trigger a review of whether they need to have an extra period of training.

Update on IST (Improving Surgical Training) recruitment

On behalf of Prof Sheona MacLeod, Deputy Medical Director, Education Reform, HEE.

HEE have agreed to pause the recruitment to ALL IST posts in England for 2022. The number of surgical training places will be maintained as posts will be added back into core surgical recruitment.  Wales and Scotland will continue to recruit to run through IST.

Click here for further information

PSG Guidance

Please find below a helpful PDF guidance document “The importance of the Placement Supervision Group (PSG) feedback tool”

PSG Guidance

Please share this with your trainees, FPDs and local FP faculty.

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 2021/22 financial year. ALS courses can currently be reimbursed up to a maximum of £400 per Foundation trainee.

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.

What are the 2021-22 TAB (Team Assessment of Behaviour) window dates for London and KSS Foundation Schools?

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


Placement 2

Opens: Monday 14th February 2022

Closes: Tuesday 28th March 2022


Placement 3

Opens: Monday 18th April 2022

Closes: Friday 20th May 2022


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

Updated ARCP Requirement Guidance

Updated ARCP guidance has been published for trainees on 2016 Foundation Programme curriculum for ARCPs taking place between 1 October 2021 and 31 July 2022

ARCP Requirements Guidance – 2021-22 trainees on 2016 curriculum     

*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.*

2022 PSA FS dates

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

Monday 14th March 2022

Friday 29th April 2022

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 inboxes.

UKFPO Bulletin

To read the latest UKFPO Bulletin access the link below:

Courses, Events, Research and Competitions

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

Quality Improvement prize on Alcohol for doctors in training

Please see details below regarding the Medical Council on Alcohol’s 2021 Quality Improvement Prize. The prize is open to all medical trainees working in the UK.

Link to the flyer here:  

Webpage link here:

The competition closes on 31st January 2022.

Foundation careers webpages

Our revised Foundation careers webpages which contain recorded versions of the FY1 webinars on self-awareness and career exploration which we delivered to trainees over the summer, can be found below:

Self Awareness | London (

Career Exploration | London (

Useful links

Courses (all)


Horus - Changes and updates