Wednesday 29th June 2022

New Updates

Visa Delays

As you may know, foundation doctors may have their visa application decisions delayed (it usually takes about 3 weeks, may now be 6 weeks or more). This means that some IMGs may have to delay starting in their posts.

Please could we ask Trusts to inform us of any known Foundation doctors with visa delays, so that we can put the necessary steps in place to manage their delayed start to Foundation training, appropriately. Please use the PDMDE Support Portal to inform us click here to be directed to the PGMDE Support Portal.

**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 2022

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. 

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

Non-UK graduates please Click Here

**URGENT REMINDER - Merit Awards**

Trusts need to return their completed nominations tracker via the Support Portal as an attachment to a ticket by 8th July 2022

The number of merits available per Trust site is determined by the number of trainees:

1-29 per F1 or F2/year = 1 nomination per category for each year

30-59 per F1 or F2/year = 2 nominations per category for each year

Over 60 per F1 or F2/year= 3 nominations per category for each year

Foundation Faculty Groups decide on the exact mechanism for agreeing award recommendations locally. Nominees must have completed all their assessments, be progressing well and be expected to be signed‐off. Trusts may also issue their own awards locally if they wish outside of this process.

The categories are as follows:

Foundation e-Portfolio: Foundation Doctors who have demonstrated exceptional engagement with the Horus e-Portfolio system using it to its full potential to manage and promote their educational experience and learning. This includes surpassing the minimum requirements, showing good reflective practice and intelligent curriculum mapping.

Quality improvement: Awarded to trainees who complete an insightful audit which has real effects for their LEP.

Leadership: Foundation Doctors who have taken on an active leadership role amongst their peers and other trust staff, promoting positive team working at the trust. This could include participation in a LEP initiative.

Teaching Excellence: Awarded to trainees who excel at teaching whether informally on the wards or who takes the initiative and, for example, arranges additional formal teaching for their peers at their LEP.

Clinical Excellence: Foundation Doctors who have demonstrated excellence in their clinical practice and actively enhance the patient experience.

Outstanding Contribution: Foundation Faculty Groups may, in exceptional circumstances, nominate an individual for a specified outstanding contribution as well (included in notes section). This could be, for example, for a trainee who writes an F1 guidebook for the LEP.

REMINDER: 2022 Shadowing Confirmation

We will be reverting back to the pre pandemic process with regards to shadowing.

All F1 Trainees attend 4-5 days induction/shadowing at their trust 1 week before their formal training starts on the first Wednesday of August.

Trainees who have been out of the NHS for longer than 2 years or who did not graduate from a UK Medical School are offered extended induction/shadowing, up to £1300 per IMG trainee will be available to trusts to fund extended shadowing (to a maximum of 10 days).

REMINDER: 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 HEE email addresses.


The F1 – F2 STEP form is now closed. The information provided will be collated and forwarded to trainees F2 Trusts and shared with the Foundation School Director. Any trainees who have not yet completed the F1 – F2 STEP form must now contact their Trust directly.

IMPORTANT: Supporting Trainees Entering Practice (STEP) – Closed

The Med School – F1 STEP form is now closed. The final batch of STEP forms are in the process of being uploaded onto the employers portal for each Trust to view. The majority of this work has already been completed

If you have not completed the STEP form the only way to submit it is to complete a paper version and send it to the Foundation school via their support portal– STEP form 2022 link

Additional information regarding the Med – F1 STEP process can be found on the UKFPO website

LTFT Category 3 Pilot expansion from Summer 2022  

Following the completion of the ‘lead in’ year, we will now transition into the full Category 3 model whereby trainees can undertake an unspecified period of time as LTFT Category

Further information on LTFT Category 3 can be found here 

  • Approval of applications must be subject to service considerations via TPD approval.  
  • Trainees must be in post at the time of application. 

From August 2022, postgraduate doctors can choose to apply to train less than full time at 50/60/70 or 80% for 12-months.  Individuals would then revert back to 100% whole time equivalent (i.e. full time) or could apply again if they wished to continue to train less than full time. Please be aware that any application to train less than full time will result in a change to your expected completion date of your foundation training programme and a reduction in pay pro rata.

LTFT Category 3 applications will be managed via application windows.  Details of the application windows are below: 

 LTFT Application Window  

For rotations commencing:  

25th July -15th August 22 


31st October- 21st November 22 


*Please note that applications can only be accepted for the start of each of your specialty rotations so if you miss a window, please apply in line with your next specialty rotation date as per above.

To submit an LTFT Category 3 application, complete the application form available here. 

If you require information about the visa implications of LTFT training, please check our ‘LTFT for trainees with a Tier 2 visa/Skilled Worker Sponsorship’ page.  

For any other questions, please contact your specialty team via the LPMDE support portal.  

Royal College of Pathologists Foundation Fellowships

Congratulations to those of you who have been appointed to a Foundation post which includes a pathology discipline. I am delighted to draw your attention to the Royal College of Pathologists Foundation Fellowship scheme, for which you are therefore eligible to apply. This is the third year of running our Foundation Fellowships, which has proved a very successful and popular scheme.

You can find details of the scheme here: RCPath Foundation Fellowships.

I do hope as many as possible of you will apply for a Fellowship and I look forward to welcoming the successful candidates to the RCPath community.

Kind regards,

Angharad Davies

Professor Angharad Davies MA MB BChir, MRCP, FRCPath, PhD, PFHEA

Vice-President (Learning), Royal College of Pathologists


For supervisors, a reminder for you of one of the key differences this year with the 2021 curriculum, the requirement for a ‘satisfactory’ PSG report at least once during the year (just like there is a requirement for a satisfactory TAB).  More information on PSG is given on the curriculum page (topic 5).  If your FD does not have a satisfactory PSG report in their portfolio then the current clinical supervisor will need to organise this on the e-portfolio.  There is no minimum number of respondents and in small departments/practices the PSG report may only involve one person other than the CS but, ideally there should be feedback from three individuals.  When deciding whether the report is satisfactory, the supervisor will need to consider the feedback in the context of the Foundation doctor’s progress.  It is likely that any ‘major concerns’ expressed by the PSG would make the report unsatisfactory; however, minor concerns that have been addressed elsewhere in the portfolio might still allow a PSG report to be considered ‘satisfactory’.  The Horus e-portfolio allows the supervisor to comment in the CSR.

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.

Useful Information and Reminders

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

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.*

UKFPO Bulletin

To read the latest UKFPO Bulletin access the link below:

Courses, Events, Research and Competitions

V-Space for SuppoRTT Trainees 2022

The V-Space Coaching and Support Programme is a series of four group coaching and peer support sessions for doctors returning to training after taking time out. The small groups run for 2.5 hours every fortnight and are led by a senior group coach from the Professional Support Unit’s Coaching Service. Conducted entirely online and in a confidential setting, V-Space aims to create a supportive, confidential and structured learning environment for peer discussion. Each session draws on a range of practical coaching tools for self-reflection, goal-setting, enhanced confidence, stress management and leadership communication. 

Sessions combine experiential learning via pair and group activities with insights from guest speakers plus coaching tools and support resources. The overall aim is to assist doctors to return to training with a clear sense of their needs and objectives, as well as the support and resources to achieve these with full confidence and commitment.   

V-Space features:

  • Guest speaker slots ‘in conversation with’ trainees who have experienced typical challenges related to returning to training. They will share what they learned and the strategies and approaches they found useful.
  • Small, closed group working together every fortnight over a series of four sessions.
  • WhatsApp group for connecting with peers in between sessions.
  • Tools & resources circulated after each session to support your learning and group engagement.    


Doctors in London and the South East from any specialty, at any stage of training, and who have taken time out of training for reasons of parental leave, medical leave, academic/research purposes or a career break are welcome to apply. We also ask that participants are within a few months of taking time out or due to return to training within a few months of the group start date (see options below).  

Spaces are limited to 14 participants per group so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Please use the following link for further information and to register

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:

FTSS National Conference – Saturday 23rd July 2022

The foundation trainees surgical societies have organised a national conference open to all medical students, junior doctors and core trainees aimed at providing an inspirational and informative event for those interested in a future surgical career. The main theme for this year’s conference is sustainability and the future of surgery. The conference builds on the success of last year’s virtual event, and the foundation trainees surgical society is immensely proud to organise an in person event this year, allowing for great networking opportunities, to meet fellow foundation trainees wishing to pursue surgical careers and hear about research and innovation from across the country in the surgical field. Keynote speakers will be announced in due course. There will be opportunities for poster presentations and abstract submissions during the conference.

Please click here for further information.

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  

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

**NEW!​​** FY1 Speciality options webinars 

(Mon 20th June 2022 (14.00-15.00pm)

(Mon 27th June 2022 (18.00-19.00pm)

Wondering how to go about making an informed decision about your options after completing Foundation training? 

Career Planning webinars for all London & KSS foundation doctors are currently booking for June. These 1 hour webinars, delivered by the HEE Careers London team, will include key information advice and guidance on what to consider around speciality choice. To find out further information and register please click here:

NEW 2022 - FY1 Speciality Options webinar | London (


Useful links

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Horus - Changes and updates