Foundation Fellows

To enhance the potential for Foundation Doctors to demonstrate excellence, trainees have the opportunity to apply for Fellowship roles within the Severn Foundation School.

Five appointments will be made in 2020 with the following interests: Sustainability, Education, Leadership, Quality Improvement, and Simulation. The role lasts for two years.

Trainees wanting to fulfil these positions will need to make a written application to ensure we are identifying the most appropriate individuals.

The trainees would not be allocated additional time for these roles but would get additional funding (£250/trainee) to attend a course relevant to their personal development.

  • Sustainability Fellow – Support to attend an appropriate conference
  • Education Fellow – Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals (TLHP) or similar
  • Leadership Fellow – Management course
  • Quality Improvement Fellow – Support to attend a Quality Improvement Conference
  • Simulation Fellow – Train the Trainers or similar

Psychiatry Fellows are now appointed separately through the national Psychiatry Foundation Fellow (PFF) recruitment process and receive funding support from the Royal College of Psychiatrists for a conference.

Sustainability Fellow

Health Education England is keen to promote sustainable working practices to avoid waste and impact on the environment.

The NHS has signed up to a government target of reducing carbon emissions by 80% by 2050, so sustainability is becoming increasingly on the healthcare agenda. The NHS needs to reduce its carbon emissions in all areas, through changing procurement practices, how patients and staff travel and through reducing energy use. Clinicians need to be involved with this process as they are often key in the decision making; regarding patient pathways, what equipment is used and as role models.

The Sustainability Fellows will receive support from the GP Sustainability Scholar in addition to support from the Foundation School.

Education Fellow

The Education Fellow will be expected to attend the quarterly Education Strategy Group meetings and contribute to the meetings by providing a trainee perspective and also trainee feedback.

The Education Fellow will be expected to demonstrate an interest in education during their previous training.

The Education Fellow will also be invited to attend the joint Severn and Peninsula Education meetings which occur approximately twice annually. This group as well as considering educational issues for Foundation doctors within the South West region, also reflects on the e-portfolio and improvements to its functionality which can be fed back into national groups.

The Education Fellow will be expected to identify an improvement project during their tenure which will contribute to the educational development of the Severn Foundation School. The Foundation School will undertake to support the trainee with their personal development.

Leadership Fellow

The Leadership Fellow will be expected to attend the quarterly Foundation School Committee meetings. Their role would be to contribute to the discussions relating to the agenda, providing a trainee perspective to the committee; including providing a trainee update report, (whether they are able to attend or not). This report will contain feedback from the trainees to the Foundation School Committee; by accepting this appointment the trainee understands that they may be contacted by other Severn Foundation doctors via our website, the Foundation school will facilitate communication with other foundation trainees when required.

The Leadership Fellow will be expected to demonstrate an interest in leadership or management during their previous training.

The Leadership Fellow will also be expected to attend the twice yearly Foundation Doctors Advisory Board Meetings (FDAB) and communicate with other foundation doctors to ensure they are representing the views of the cohort rather than just their personal view.

It is anticipated that the Leadership Fellow will identify an improvement project during their tenure which will contribute to the development of the Severn Foundation School. The Foundation school will undertake to support the trainee with their personal development.

Psychiatry Fellow

Psychiatry Fellows are now appointed separately through the national Psychiatry Foundation Fellow (PFF) recruitment process but detail of local opportunities are included here for information.

The Psychiatry Fellow will be expected to attend the biannual meeting of the Promoting Recruitment into Psychiatry (PRIP) committee of the Southwest Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (now known as ‘Choose Psychiatry’) for the coming academic year. The role will involve working alongside our PRIP committee of psychiatry trainees and consultants, helping to organise local events, and assisting with social media.

A key part of the fellowship will be to act as an intermediary between the College and foundation doctors in the Severn deanery, with a view to promoting careers in the specialty. Another area of focus will be to support the University of Bristol ‘Psych Soc’, whose members organise mental-health related events for undergraduates. You should ideally be able to attend occasional meetings and events in the Severn region (work timetable permitting).

Quality Improvement Fellow

The Quality Improvement Fellow will firstly run a QI Project within their trust; this will follow the Model For Improvement. It is expected that this project will be presented at a regional or international meeting and if the project goes well it will be submitted to a peer review journal.

In addition they will be involved in coordinating the deanery wide Quality Improvement Projects. This will involve communicating with the various groups in each, probably using social media; and preparing a summary report of all the projects. This may also involve preparing short video clips of each project to help inform the next year.

They will be supported by a more senior trainee who will be available for advice; and the Foundation School will undertake to support the trainee with their personal development.

Simulation Fellow

The Simulation Fellow, along with the Education Fellow will be expected to attend the quarterly Education Strategy Group meetings and contribute to the meetings by providing a trainee perspective and also trainee feedback.

The Simulation Fellow will also be expected to attend regional simulation network meetings.

It is anticipated that the Simulation Fellow will have IT skills and an interest in education in order to help to develop Simulation Training within the school.

The Simulation Fellow will be expected to identify an improvement project during their tenure which will contribute to the development of the Severn Foundation School. The Foundation School will undertake to support the trainee with their personal development.

Application Process

Interested candidates will need to complete an online application form. The deadline for submission is 12:00 midday on Friday 12th June 2020.

You may apply to more than one fellow post but please submit a separate application for each post. The applications will be reviewed by different panels so the evidence can be used for more than one application if considered appropriate.

For more information about the Foundation Fellow roles, see our Fellow Feedback page.

Current Foundation Fellows

Sustainability

Carlos Siganporia (F1, North Bristol)

Saskia Loysen (F2, Yeovil)

Psychiatry

Grace Crowley (F1, North Bristol)

Jeni Pillai (F2, Taunton)

Education

Rebecca Jordan (F1, Weston)

Callum Taylor (F2, North Bristol)

Quality Improvement

Katy Morrison (F1, Weston)

Alethea Peters (F2 North Bristol)

Leadership

Lucy Cuckow (F1, Taunton)

April Wilson (F2, North Bristol) 

Simulation 

Katie Keen (F1, Swindon)

James Keitley (F2, Bath)