Thursday 15th October 2020


Reminder – 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 will be 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 will have a minimum of two hours per week self-development time. FY1 doctors to have a minimum of one hour although not mandatory. There will be full implementation of Self-Development Time for all Foundation Programme trainees from August 2021.

Further information and case studies is available on


Script Registration

Go to

  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 a 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:

Exceptional swaps due to COVID-19 - closing date for applications Friday 16th October 2020

Friday 16th October 2020 is the last day to submit an application for an exceptional swap due to COVID-19. Forms submitted after this date will not be accepted. 

The application form is available here. You should discuss with your Foundation Programme Training Director before submitting the form and receive approval in writing.

If you have any questions about this process please do not hesitate to contact us on using the website below.

Specialty Recruitment 2021 Webinar – Wednesday 21 October 2020

Health Education England are hosting a webinar on Wednesday 21 October 2020 at 19:00 hours to outline the medical specialty recruitment process for posts commencing from August 2021.

The webinar will cover the general principles that all specialties will be required to follow, what will happen if the pandemic affects delivery of recruitment and some hints and tips on making your application.

There is an opportunity to ask questions in advance here

On the night, the webinar can be accessed at the following link

F1 Induction survey - Part 2 

Many thanks to those of you who participated in part one of the induction survey. This second survey is designed to provide further information which will be used to develop our induction programme for trainees in the future. We plan to share this information as widely as possible so your contribution could potentially make a significant difference to future trainees. Please complete Part 2 whether you completed part 1 or not.

Please see this link for more information. 

Direct link to the survey is here

Horus feedback

Any suggestions for enhancements, additions, nice-to-haves, ideas for improvement, cosmetic changes, etc should be reported to your local foundation school team/national foundation e-portfolio user group ("eTAG") representative.
The eTAG meets twice a year (January/February and October) to discuss such feedback and make recommendations for future e-portfolio developments. The contact for London and KSS is Stuart Morris but please submit your suggestion via PSP:

VITA Network  - Modern slavery and Human trafficking

Modern slavery and human trafficking is a health issue.

There is an increasing amount of research documenting the significant impact of MSHT on the physical and mental health of victims and survivors, but we also know this is not limited to an individual.

MSHT is also a public health issue, stemming from vulnerability, inequality and poverty, whilst selfperpetuating and contributing to detrimental social determinants of health. We believe it is necessary to address MSHT from a public health and health perspective in order to tackle this crime in a personcentred and effective way.

VITA Network aims to do this by connecting, equipping and mobilising individuals and organisations invested in MSHT prevention, intervention and survivor-care from a holistic health perspective.

Please see this letter for more information. 

School Trainee Reps 2020-2021

Please find below, the newly appointed school trainee reps for 2020-2021.

North Central and East London Foundation School

North West London Foundation School

South Thames Foundation School

Maintaining Postgraduate medical education and training

The four nations have agreed a set of principles for educational organisations during pandemic surges. Please see the link below to read the full report.

Maintaining postgraduate medical education and training

One career endless opportunities #Choose GP

Applications for Round 1 2021 GP specialty training open on the 2 November – 1 December 2020. Please ‘like’ and follow the #Choose GP Facebook page to keep up to date with news and views. The GP National Recruitment Office (GPNRO) website is the place to go for more information or we have a number of GPs and trainees who are able to help with local or general enquiries. Email Daryl to be put in touch.

Core Surgery Training Interview Coaching

For those looking to apply to core surgical training seeking coaching in all aspects of the interview, including presentation and portfolio, please see the flyer below and contact .

Run through to ST1 - Ophthalmology

The competition for ophthalmic run through places is fierce. With the right guidance and mentorship, you can become successful ophthalmologists. We aim to:

  1. De-mistify the application to Ophthalmology ST1.
  2. Give candidates the tools to prepare and excel at interviews.
  3. Raise money for ophthalmic charities and help improve ophthalmic care worldwide.

Applications open November 2020.

Please see the website and the attached flyer for more details.


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

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

Royal College of Physicians Foundation Doctor membership

If you are interested in pursuing a career in the medical specialties, the RCP offers membership for just £4 a month. Benefits include access to the RCP’s library service including over 1,000 e-journals; free and discounted e-learning modules; free access to CPD content via our streaming service RCP Player and much more.

For more information go to

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

Clinical Radiology application course

Are you applying for Radiology this year? Want to maximise your application? Then make sure to sign up for our online RadCast Clinical Radiology Application Course.

Designed by Clinical Radiologists, we have over 50 modules (5 hours of content in total) that walk you through each component of the application process. Whether it’s understanding about the role of A.I or the impact of COVID-19 on the specialty, we’ve developed the most comprehensive and complete Clinical Radiology application course out there.

Plus, it’s all online meaning it's available 24/7 and we are offering candidates an opportunity to boost their portfolio with our bespoke Clinical Radiology prizes. Finally, we are able to facilitate 1-to-1 interview sessions with radiologists to really personalise your preparation.

Last year, 100% of our trainees were successful in securing their Clinical Radiology national training number. Now it’s your turn.

If you’re interested, check out the flyer and go on our course website via

You can watch our free introductory video here:

Any questions, feel to get in touch via


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

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:

Public Health Youtube channel

HEE have published a video on Public Health on their YouTube channel here:

Useful links