17th November 2021

New Updates

Applications for GP specialty training

On behalf of the GP Specialty Recruitment Campaign Team:

Applications for 2022 GP specialty training open on the 4 November – 1 December 2021.

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Please forward this information to any doctors who may be thinking about career options. The GP National Recruitment Office (GPNRO) website is the place to go for timelines and applicant guidance or we have a number of GPs and trainees who can help with local or general enquiries. Email Daryl gprecruitment@hee.nhs.uk to be put in touch.

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.

Useful Information and Reminders

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 1

Opens: Monday 4th October 2021

Closes: Tuesday 6th December 2021


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

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 https://foundationprogramme.nhs.uk/curriculum/ 


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 Curriculum2021@foundationprogramme.nhs.uk


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 F1.LASE@Hee.nhs.uk, F2.lase@hee.nhs.uk, FPEnquiries.lase@hee.nhs.uk or personal inboxes.

UKFPO Bulletin

To read the latest UKFPO Bulletin access the link below:


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 https://www.hee.nhs.uk/our-work/doctors-training/foundation-review

- 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 (rcem.ac.uk)

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

Courses, Events, Research and Competitions

National Foundation Doctors Presentation Day

The National Foundation Doctors Presentation Day will be taking place on Friday 28th January 2022.

Click here for further details

You are invited to submit abstracts relating to Sustainability, Research, Education, clinical Case Reports, or Quality Improvement work undertaken during your Foundation Programme training.


The abstract should exceed the permitted character count as indicated on the survey submission form (excluding references). Abstracts should include, background (context setting), methods, results, and key messages.

Any references quoted in the abstract should be listed at the end, using the Vancouver reference style.

Abstract submissions will be presented as 10-minute oral or 3-minute poster (mini-oral) presentations. Applications describing work in progress are eligible, but abstracts should not relate to work during medical school. 

Deadline for abstracts is 12:00 midnight on 7th November 2021. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Only one application will be accepted per presenting author.

Presentation Type

Oral Presentations (10 minutes)
Oral presentations will be 10 minutes exactly, 8 minutes to present and 2 minutes for questions. Please note that approximately 20 abstracts will be accepted for oral presentations, but all submissions will be considered for posters.

Poster Presentations (3 minutes)
You will be given 2 minutes to talk through your poster to the judges, with 1 minute for questions.

Posters will be presented as a slide on screen, exact dimensions/format will be confirmed on acceptance of an abstract and posters will need to be submitted in advance of the event.

All abstracts submitted will be considered for poster presentations. You will be asked if you wish your abstract to be considered for an oral presentation as well.

Successful applicants will be invited to register from 3rd December 2021.

Click here to open the abstract submission form

Good luck!

11th October – 7th November 2021

Abstract submission window (4 weeks)

3rd – 31st December 2021

Successful applicants invited to register for event

Friday 28th 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 (hee.nhs.uk)

Career Exploration | London (hee.nhs.uk)

Useful links

Courses (all)


Horus - Changes and updates