Wednesday 14th July 2021

New Updates

F2 STEP Information

August F2 STEP Information is now available on the Employer Portal. This is named with the suffix (F1-F2 STEP Transfer) to help you identify the difference between the data you processed at ARCP and your incoming F2s. 

There may be some F2 trainees missing due to the questionnaire not being completed as this is not a mandatory requirement for F1 to F2 progression.

Please note only MEMs and FP admins will have access to the Educator Portal so please ensure you make local arrangements for passing information on to your FTPDS.

Useful Information and Reminders

2022 PSA FS dates

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

Tuesday 7 September 2021

Monday 14th March 2022

Friday 29th April 2022

Further information will be provided to trusts in due course.

**Highly Important ARCP**

Trainees must sign their ARCP on Horus.

This does not constitute you accept the outcome or affect your ability to appeal but shows you acknowledge receipt of the outcome.

Furthermore, for Outcome 1 this is a requirement for the school to process the F1CC which is required for the move to Full licence to practice. For Outcome 6 we cannot release your FPCCs without trainees signing their outcome

**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 practice 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 Click Here

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

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 


Please review the resources via our website.

Please forward this email onto your networks.

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


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:

UKFPO Bulletin / 14 July 2021 

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

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

- 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 (

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

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.

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

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

Courses, Events, Research and Competitions

July 2021 update about the Foundation e-learning programme

Supervised Learning Events (SLE) are an essential part of your learning in your 2 foundation years. Do you know how to get the best out of them?  Even if you think you do, you could still get more by doing the SLE sessions now at the start of the year.

Available in the elearning for healthcare Foundation programme (2021 curriculum), these sessions cover areas in your curriculum on; FPC 10: Teaching the teacher and FPC 12: Continuing Professional Development:

You can sign on to the elearning with your login supplied by elearning for healthcare at any time during your foundation training:

HORUS and TURAS have deep links to elearning for healthcare sessions from the Foundation Curriculum and therefore accessible to all trainees, making it quicker and easy to access the appropriate session linked to the curriculum.

Updates to End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA) elearning

A new learning path for Foundation Doctors has been added to the End of Life Care for All (e-ELCA) elearning programme. The resource has been designed to be completed by doctors during placements to support their own learning and can also be signposted to by supervisors.

Virtual Instructor Led Learning Faculty – PGMDE focus

Health Education England’s Technology Enhanced Learning (HEE TEL) team is working on the Virtual Instructor Led Learning (VILL) Faculty which aims to support the education community increase their confidence and capability as they are transitioning to designing, developing and delivering learning virtually. 

The VILL faculty aims to offer support to everyone regardless of their current ability and experience. The faculty will be designed to enable the postgraduate medical and dental education (PGMDE) community to be self-serving and self-determined to enable tailored learning to meet their needs and drive excellence when designing and delivering virtually. 

Following a successful series of VILL faculty events to support educators from across the NHS in June 2021, the team is now offering a series of events specifically for the PGMDE community throughout July 2021.

The following support to PGMDE as part of the VILL faculty is available:

 NEW Community of Practice (45 minute masterclasses on a key theme)  

  • Group masterclasses  
  • Format: Webinar 

Share best practice principles to drive excellence in virtual learning in three critical areas: 

  • Increase interactivity and engagement with learners  
  • Design principles for virtual learning  
  • Use of technology to stimulate learning 

  Driving Excellence in Virtual Learning Workshop (90 minute live virtual session) 

  • Raise awareness of the context/implications for virtual teaching​ 
  • Support educators to drive excellence in virtual teaching by embedding an evidence-based approach guided by VILL best practice​ 
  • Support educators to drive their capability and confidence  
  • Guide educators to support/train other educators to accelerate the transition to virtual/hybrid learning and maintain the quality of learning required  

There are also a limited number of places available for a 20 minute one-to-one coaching session. These sessions are intended to cover topics not addressed in the Driving Excellence Workshop or the Group Webinar Masterclasses. (Please note these sessions are not for technical or IT advice and support on the use of your specific virtual learning platform)

If you require technical support on Microsoft Teams, there are 34 self-directed resources available on the elearning for healthcare Hub.

Capacity on these Virtual Instructor Led Learning Faculty events is limited so please sign up as soon as you can by using the registration form.

STASHH Recruitment 2021-2022

STASHH has been developed in association with the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) to foster a professional interest in sexual health and HIV for medical students and pre-specialty doctors.

The objectives of our society are as follows:

·       Provide educational opportunities relating to Sexual Health and HIV medicine, including revision sessions and specialty workshops.

·       Support career development through mentoring, careers fairs and creating a forum for networking.

·       Promote and facilitate opportunities for collaborative audits, research and quality improvement projects led by medical students and junior doctors across the UK. Facilitate opportunities for presentation of student projects at local and national conferences.

In the future, as STASHH establishes greater capacity, we hope to create a newsletter, podcast, hold annual junior conferences and to advise institutions on developing the undergraduate curriculum.

We are looking to recruit passionate and motivated pre-specialty doctors (including Foundation Year trainees) who ideally have a keen interest in sexual health and HIV medicine.

For further details, please contact Hanna Nguyen:

RCSEd National Foundation Surgical Conference – 16th & 17th July 2021

A National Conference By Trainees, For Trainees Join us for a two-day online event for medical students, foundation doctors and core trainees.

Whether you’re just considering a career in surgery or looking to strengthen your CV, we’re here to support your surgical ambitions.

Interactive Pre-conference Workshops - July 16th

Understanding, Managing and Working in Major Trauma Essential Communication Skills for Surgeons Academic Surgery.

Talks and Roundtable Discussions - July 17th

-Why You Should Consider a Career in Surgery

-How to Pick Your Speciality

-Strengthening your Surgical CV

-Avoiding Burnout During Training

-Embracing Diversity in Surgery

The Future of Surgery

Register Online Today via RCSEd

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