Wednesday 23rd February 2022

New Updates

The Digital Future: Medical Education in Psychiatry Conference: Wednesday 23rd March 2022

The London Psychiatry Medical Education Fellows invite you to join them online on Wednesday 23rd March 2022 for 'The Digital Future: Medical Education in Psychiatry Conference'. The event will be held virtually on Microsoft Teams between 09:00am – 13:00pm.

The programme includes Professor Wendy Burn talking about social media skills for psychiatrists, Dr Anne Patterson discussing what might be lost by leaping into the digital future, a panel discussion on using social media platforms for public mental health education and a variety of masterclasses from the London psychiatry teaching fellows.

Please sign up via the link below: click here for details

We are currently accepting submissions for virtual posters. Please click here for call for posters

for further details. The deadline for abstracts Friday 25th February.

If you have any queries or want further information please don't hesitate to email me on

National AFP Conference: 11th June 2022

Registrations and submissions are now open for this years’ National AFP Conference to be held on Saturday 11th June 2022, hosted by the University of Bristol. Please be advised to book early as due to current Covid guidelines our capacity is limited to 200.  

Full details, programme and registration/abstract submission links can be found on the UKFPO webpage and News Bulletin site (please see links below):

We look forward to welcoming you to Bristol and are excited about finally being able to hold a face2face conference.  We have excellent speakers and there will be multiple opportunities for networking with your peers and experienced academics.   The modest fee of £20 (cheap as chips) includes lunch and a wine reception.  

This year we're including a new presentation "Tall Tales and Epic Fails - after AFP what came next?" and would like to invite former AFPs to take part. Would you please flag this up to all your past AFPs.

We are looking for alumni of the academic foundation programme who can tell us about their “interesting” academic career following graduation and completion of foundation training.  We have allocated slots for a set of short talks (10 mins each) on “what came next”.  This is an opportunity for them to feedback to the next generation and offer them the benefit of their insights and experiences.  We will select the best stories for presentation on the basis of a short pitch and will cover the travel and registration costs for the conference for those selected.  The trainees/medical students will vote on the day for the best talk with an associated prize award.  

Submission deadline March 25th 2022 - for face2face conference June 11th in Bristol.

Here is the link for the "Tall Tales" pitch submissions:

Belfast Eye Conference 2022: Saturday 2nd July and Sunday 3rd July 2022

We are thrilled to announce the second annual virtual Belfast Eye Conference! Hosted by Queen’s University Belfast.

At Belfast Eye Conference, you will meet like-minded healthcare students, early-stage doctors and early career vision scientists from around the world who are equally fascinated by clinical ophthalmology and vision related research.

The conference will provide the stage for speakers who will give broad and varied perspectives on eye related disease. Consultant ophthalmologists will give clinical talks relating to their sub-specialty, and members of the multi-disciplinary team will discuss how they support eye health.

Vision science is a strong and active research field, particularly in Northern Ireland. We are excited to showcase cutting edge vision related research from scientists at Queen’s University Belfast.

Belfast Eye Conference will also provide a platform for delegates - you! - to showcase your vision related research, in oral and poster formats. You may have done a vision related case study or audit, summer studentship, intercalated project, special study module work or PhD. Whatever the level, submit an abstract today!

Most importantly, Belfast Eye Conference is free of charge to attend. The event will be held virtually on Saturday 2nd July and Sunday 3rd July 2022.

To register, see the programme, download an abstract submission form and see the deadline, please visit:

Useful Information and Reminders

COMING SOON: ARCP Requirements Guidance – 2021-22 trainees on 2021 curriculum – August 2021 to July 2022

Meanwhile, please refer to pages 49-50 of the 2021 UKFP Curriculum (that is, the ARCP checklist) using the link below

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.

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

Access the point of care tool BMJ Best Practice for free

BMJ Best Practice takes you quickly and accurately to the latest evidence-based information, whenever and wherever you need it.

Our step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and prevention is updated daily using robust evidence-based methodologies. 

This tool is freely available to all healthcare professionals who work for the NHS in England. You can register for free here

If your institution would like to receive further information on BMJ Best Practice, please contact Dr. Kieran Walsh, Clinical Director at BMJ. Dr. Walsh can deliver talks for Foundation Programme doctors at their training sessions or provide information on areas such as the local HEE/BMJ clinical champion scheme. Contact Dr. Kieran Walsh at  

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:

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

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