Wednesday 6th September 2023


Hope you are now all settling into your new posts. If you have been unable to start, any changes to your circumstances, please do contact the Foundation School via the portal. This is the best way to contact the school. Please click here to be directed to the PGMDE Support Portal.

New Updates

How to request discretionary study leave 

Please see below the steps of how Foundation Doctors can apply for Discretionary Study Leave.

  1. Foundation Doctor (FD) seeks support from Educational Supervisor and trust (local) Foundation Training Programme Director (FTPD).
  2. Local FTPD seeks approval from the area deputy Foundation School Director (FSD).
  3. Deputy FSD replies to trust TPD, including study leave team.
  4. Local TPD can then reply to FD with outcome. 
  5. If approved, FD completes study leave form on the study leave portal. 

We are not able to reply to direct emails about Study Leave, but if you have any questions please do contact the school via the PGMDE Support Portal click here to be directed to the PGMDE Support Portal.

An email with guidance for FTPDs will be sent by email in due course.

***IMPORTANT***F2 GMC Responsible Officer

F2 doctors are responsible for ensuring they are connected to the correct Responsible Officer, this is your Post Graduate Dean.

For more information or guidance please see: or please contact us via PGMDE Support Portal click here to be directed to the PGMDE Support Portal. 

Reminders & Guidance

REMINDER: London School Foundation Doctor Reps

We will be recruiting to F1 Foundation Doctor School Reps for the 5 London areas (NW, NC, NE, SW and SE), plus an F2 rep for NE London only. Comms have been sent by email to the relevant Foundation doctors regarding this year’s recruitment process.

The deadline for applications is Monday 11th September 2023.

REMINDER: Trust Foundation Doctor Reps

Comms have been sent by email to trusts regarding the collection of foundation doctor trust reps details.

The deadline for submitting this information is Tuesday 26th September 2023.

REMINDER: National F1 Induction Survey

The Severn Foundation School is coordinating a project for participation by all F1s. You are invited to complete an F1 trainee induction programme 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.

To access the survey:

If possible, please complete the survey in one sitting since you will not be able to access it later. It should only take you approximately 10 minutes to complete. The questionnaire is anonymous and your thoughts and comments are greatly appreciated.

A follow up survey will be sent to you in October 2023 to gauge how you are feeling as you gain further clinical exposure.

REMINDER: PSA Sittings 2023/24

Please note the dates for all PSA sittings (all held at 1pm):

Tuesday 12 September 2023

Tuesday 12 March 2024

Tuesday 23 April 2024

REMINDER: Provisionally registered doctors (F1) must not undertake formal locum posts or activities.

Provisionally registered (PR) doctors can undertake occasional ad hoc additional/overtime shifts on their current FY placement or previous F1 placements that have formed part of their F1 rotation, where such work is undertaken only within the limits of their current competence and with the support of their educational supervisor. When undertaking such occasional ad hoc additional/overtime work PR doctors should be clear with other members of their team about their current experience and level of competence.


Please can we remind Trust Medical Education colleagues to work with their Medical Staffing teams to regularly check Foundation Doctors’ posts on TiS, against internal records. Early recognition of any discrepancies can help us all to resolve issues quickly.

REMINDER: Contacting the London Foundation School

There continues to be an increase in emails/messages being sent to personal inboxes. Please be reminded that contact with the Foundation School Team 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 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.

GUIDANCE: Foundation Doctors taking Parental Leave

Please can all foundation doctors who will be taking a period of Parental Leave, ensure that they use the following FAQ as guidance:

HEE Parental Leave FAQ's

Please also see the NHS employers Maternity guidance using the link below:

NHS Employers Maternity Guidance (rotational doctors and dentists)

GUIDANCE: Less Than Full Time (LTFT) Training for London

Please click the link below for guidance regarding Less Than Full Time (LTFT) training.

LTFT Guidance         

GUIDANCE: Foundation doctors in GP and psychiatry placements contributing to acute services

Please see below link for guidance regarding Foundation doctors in community placements contributing to acute services Foundation doctors in GP and psychiatry placements contributing to acute services

GUIDANCE: 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

GUIDANCE: NHS employers’ guidance on induction for international medical graduates

Please find below link to guidance from NHS employers

UKFPO Bulletin

To read the latest UKFPO Bulletin access the link below:

UKFPO bulletin 

Courses, Events, Research and Competitions

Genitourinary Medicine Taster Day 2023: Monday 2nd October 2023

Are you interested in a career in Genitourinary Medicine?

Please join us virtually for a day of talks aimed at giving an overview of the specialty. (Please note this is not a training day)

  • Learn about what the specialty involves
  • Understand training requirements, the curriculum and how it is delivered
  • Find out about research opportunities and out of programme experiences
  • Explore a day in the life of GUM SPRs
  • Receive an overview of common sexual health and HIV scenarios

Monday 2nd October 2023 0900-1630 (Virtually)

Registration and admission is free. 

Places are limited

Please ensure you can attend on the day before registering

Register via the link below; please use an email you can access from outside of work:

For queries relating to sign up link, feedback forms and certificates of attendance please contact:

For other queries please contact:

Christina Nigrelli ST4 GUM Croydon University Hospital:

A Career in Anaethesia: Wednesday 4th October 2023

The Royal College of Anaesthetists is holding an informal session for medical students & foundation year doctors who are considering a career in anaesthesia.

Anaesthetists form the largest single hospital medical specialty, and their skills are used in all aspects of patient care. Whilst the perioperative anaesthetic care of the surgical patient is the core of specialty work, many anaesthetists have a much wider scope of practice.

The career day will provide an insight into life as a trainee and consultant anaesthetist.

Wednesday 4th October 2023, 09:30 – 15;15

Location: Online (Zoom)

The programme is still currently under development but booking information can be found on our website.

NEW! FY2 - How to Succeed in Core and Specialty Training applications webinar

Tuesday 12th September 2023 18:00-19:00 

Thursday 21st September 2023 18:00-19:00 

Wondering how to turn your decision about specialty choice into a successful application?   

Career Planning webinars for all London doctors in foundation training are currently booking for September. These 1 hour webinars, delivered by the NHSE Careers London team, will include key information, advice and guidance on making successful applications from making your decision, submitting the application and mastering the selection processes and interviews. To find out more and register click on the links above.

NEW!​​ F3 options webinar 

Wednesday 11th October 18:00 - 19:00    

What may be the best way to plan and take advantage of opportunities within your F3 year or beyond? 

F3 Options webinar for all London foundation doctors is currently booking for October. This 1 hour webinar, delivered by the NHSE Careers London team, will include key information advice and guidance on what to consider to make the most of your F3 year including travel/volunteering abroad, fellowships, further study/qualifications and non-training options. To find out more and register click on the link above.

Please note that only London FY2 doctors in training are eligible to register. 

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 doctors

A new video for all foundation, 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

NHS Induction Programme for International Medical Graduates - e-learning for health

The National Induction programme has been designed to ensure that all international medical graduates (IMGs) recruited to the NHS are welcomed, valued, and supported as they transition to UK clinical practice.

Please use the following link to access the programme:

Foundation Careers & Coaching Events Team

Careers Conversation

All foundation trainees have the opportunity to have an individual careers conversation with one of our career coaches which can be arranged by completing the application form at the following link:

FY2 - Preparing for Speciality interviews/F3 Options Stream Videos

Please see below links to the previous webinar recordings delivered to F2 trainees on preparing for speciality applications/interview & F3 options

FY2 Webinar - Preparing for Specialty applications and Interviews-20220914_180522-Meeting Recording.mp4

F3 Options Webinar-20221006_180437-Meeting Recording.mp4

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Career Exploration | London (

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