14th August 2020



Script Registration

Go to https://www.safeprescriber.org/medicine-surgery-signup-select/

  1. Select the Foundation School you are due to start with in August 2020
  2. Under “Register”, enter your email address and click “Get started”.
  3. You will be asked to provide the following information:
  • Name
  • Email address
  • Telephone number
  • Professions
  • GMC number (may be referred to as (Professional Number)
  • Start year (i.e. year you started Foundation Training)
  • NHS Trust
  • Foundation School
  • Password (this is self-chosen)

We have been in discussions with our prescribing lead who has advised you may find the following modules particularly useful:

  • Rational Drug Choice
  • Utilising the BNF
  • Prescription Documentation
  • Fluids
  • Taking a Safe and Effective Drug History
  • Adverse Drug Reactions
  • Dosing and Calculation
  • Drug Interactions
  • Adherence and Concordance

Current F2s who are completing to disconnect from RO if not staying in region to continue in specialty training.

Current F1's progressing to F2 to ensure they connect to the correct RO:

Information for UK Graduates:

  • Once you have your Full Registration in place you must connect to the relevant Responsible Officer for Revalidation. Please use the table below to establish who this is:
  • Please be mindful of the timings involved as every year we have a number of Doctors who leave it too late to apply and this impacts on their training.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you apply for full registration in time for commencing your F2 training and it is important you understand the implications of failing to do this so please ensure you read the instructions from the GMC carefully.


Information for Non-UK Graduates:




In the previous bulletin, we issued guidance that all North London trainees should connect to Dr Gary Wares. Since this announcement there have been further discussions locally and the decision has been made that North West London Foundation School trainees should connect themselves to Dr Sanjiv Ahluwalia (Health Education North West London).

Foundation School


Responsible Officer

North Central & East London FS 

Health Education England North Central & East LDN 

Dr Gary Wares 

North West London FS 

Health Education England North West LDN 

Dr Sanjiv Ahluwalia

South Thames Foundation School 

Health Education England Kent, Surrey & Sussex 

Prof Graeme “Alec” Dewhurst 

South Thames Foundation School 

Health Education England South LDN 

Prof Geeta Menon 

****South Thames trainees need to connect based on where their F2 trust is based – if you are in a London trust you must select Prof Menon, if you are in Kent, Surrey or Sussex for your F2 you must select Prof Dewhurst****


Applying for your Full Registration

Please note the Foundation school will notify the GMC of any Doctor eligible for Full Registration following a successful F1 ARCP Outcome but it is entirely the trainees responsibility to make the application and pay the relevant fees, and failure to do so may lead to a delay in your training. Please refer to the GMC website and guidance provided by them as to what you need to do and when:


UKFPO 2020 induction survey

You are invited to complete the UKFPO F1 trainee induction questionnaire. This survey is part of a long-term project to identify any concerns/anxieties you may have about starting your F1 post. The information you provide will help to develop a realistic evaluation of the induction programme and help us to improve working life for future trainees.  


Please click here to access the survey

CoPE-HCP: COVID19 disease and the Physical and Emotional wellbeing of Healthcare Professionals

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented strain to healthcare systems, worldwide, and posed unique challenges to the healthcare professionals and the general public. We anticipate that these changes may have a physical and emotional impact on the healthcare professionals, more than the other professionals.


We would like to invite you to share your insights and experience with us in the CoPE-HCP study. This study involves collection of anonymised data in form of survey (of approximately 15 minute) exploring the physical, psychological and social effects of the current pandemic on healthcare professionals and compare that with the other non-healthcare professionals.


We hope to improve the support provided to healthcare professionals/ NHS staff members in such challenging times. The information collected from this study will be pivotal in helping us do so.


You have been invited because you are one of the following:

(i) A healthcare professional in direct patient contact , or

(ii) Healthcare/Hospital administrative staff not in direct patient contact, or

(iii) Non-healthcare / Non-hospital staff: academic, university staff or other professional


Please contribute to improving the well-being of healthcare staff.


For further information about the study please visit our website https://www.qmul.ac.uk/whri/research/cope-hcp/

If you would like to participateplease click on this link to access the survey:


TAB dates

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 1



Monday 5th October 2020


Tuesday 8th December 2020

Placement 2



Monday 15th February 2021


Tuesday 30th March 2021

Placement 3



Monday 19th April 2021


Friday 14th May 2021



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.

Geriatrics for Juniors conference

The Association of elderly medicine are hosting a virtual conference on Saturday 21st November 2020, aimed at promoting the specialty to Junior doctors. 

The conference will include, career advice, Q+A sessions with current registrars, educational sessions on a range of topics and a certificate of attendance for your e-portfolio. 

Please see the website for more information and details on how to register. 

Supporting Trainers, Supporting Doctors, Supporting Patients: progress since the postgraduate medical foundation programme review

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.  A number of recommendations were made and this pack outlines progress and contains practical information to assist with implementation.

Progress Since the Postgraduate Medical Foundation Programme Review

Hugh Platt Foundation essay prize

Are you an F1 or F2 doctor aspiring to become a Pathologist? The Royal College of Pathologists are hosting a competition to write an essay based on "Tiny test, huge impact" - write an essay drawing on your experience of a patient encounter which illustrates the impact a pathology result can have on a patient and their family. 

Closing date is Friday 28th August 2020. Please see website for more information on how to enter, prizes and the terms and conditions. 


2020 Medical graduates - Invitation to participate in research

Newcastle University are leading a new study, funded by the GMC, which will be looking at the experience and wellbeing of doctors who have graduated in 2020, in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

It will involve you taking part in a number of online questionnaires over the next 6 months, with the opportunity to take part in an interview about your experiences, later in the year. Participation is entirely voluntary and you can withdraw at any time. 

The link below takes you to the project blog which has more information on the research being conducted. 


If you are a new graduate from a UK medical school, starting work now in FiY1, or in August in F1, you can sign up to take part in the project here: https://newcastle.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/medical-graduates-covid-intro

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.lpmde.ac.uk/training-programme/covid-19-response-updates

Public Health Youtube channel

HEE have published a video on Public Health on their YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrVQaAxyJE3fcRxqMPdB1BTNLA5MY2ZUf

Dates for your diary

NCELFS Management Committee

  • Tuesday 6th October 2020 (2pm)

​​NWLFS Committee Meeting

  • Thursday 24th Sept 2020 (2pm)

STFS Advisory & Development

  • Thursday 10th September 2020 (10am)

Useful links