Posted May 16th 2019 (1 year ago)

Foundation School Bulletin

Information Bulletin – 15/05/2019

This is your weekly information bulletin for the Severn Foundation School. The content of these bulletins will be local and national courses and information relevant to foundation trainees which will vary from week to week. If you would like to contribute to the bulletin please contact

F2 Regional Teaching

All F2 trainees must do a minimum of 4 Regional Teaching Days, 2 of which have to be both Clinical Skills and Human Factors. To find out what other Regional Teaching courses are available to you, please click here to access our MaxCourse Regional Teaching Booking System.


Quality Improvement Forum Severn Deanery

Have you or your team been involved in a Quality Improvement project that you want to share? 

This year's Quality Improvement Forum will showcase work from all junior doctors from the Deanery and an opportunity to share and celebrate outstanding practice. Come and meet other quality champions and share your work. The top 6 abstracts will be shortlisted, with the 3 best oral or poster presentations announced on the day for prizes. Refreshments will be provided and certificates given to all presenters.

You are all invited to submit abstracts for the annual Quality Improvement Forum on the 24th July 2019. 

The deadline for abstract submissions is 28th June 2019, by 23:59. 

In order to preview numbers for presenters/facilities/refreshments please complete a short doodle survey to let us know if you would be interested. 

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Adrian Tsui, Tom Barrow

UHBristol QI Fellows


Preparation for Core Surgical Trainee Interviews

Saturday 22nd June 2019

This half day seminar will guide you through the application process for surgical core training posts. The seminar will cover what to expect and how to prepare through a combination of lectures and workshops focusing on portfolios, management and clinical stations.

Why attend

  • - Understand more about the surgical core training interview process
  • - Understand how to prepare your portfolio properly
  • - Leave with practical advice and a list of actions to improve your own portfolio
  • - Hear from recent core trainees about their experience of the interview process, with the opportunity to ask questions and discuss

To register on the course please follow this link -

I hope that this is of assistance and that you will be able to join us for what is set to be an thought-provoking and instructive day. 

Do not hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any queries

Best Regards

Rebecca Speirs


Medical Scholarships 2019

To increase awareness and interest in Allergy as a specialty; BSACI is offering 30 scholarships for late Foundation Year 1 and Foundation year 2 doctors/ Core Medical / Internal Medicine trainees to attend the BSACI Annual Conference in Harrogate 3-5th October 2019. 

Information about the meeting and scholarships can be found at the Abstracts/Awards & Fellowships section

Details of the award:

1. Open to all late Foundation Year 1 and Foundation year 2 doctors, Core Medical and    Internal Medicine trainees with an interest in or considering a career in Allergy.

2. Up to £550 to cover conference fees, hotel accommodation and travel expenses.

3. The application involves supplying a 300-word statement detailing why the applicant would benefit from this scholarship with a supporting letter from their current supervisor. 

4. Abstract submission for the conference is encouraged but is not a requirement. Abstract submission for the conference is encouraged but is not a requirement.

5. Trainees who have submitted or are planning to submit an abstract will be given priority for scholarships. This should be detailed in the 300-word statement.

6. Deadline for submissions is Monday 29th July 2019

If you or any of your colleagues have any questions or require any further information please get in touch by emailing us at or by calling our office on 0207 501 3914.

Best wishes,



Regional Palliative Care Forum

The next regional palliative care forum of the year is taking place on Tuesday 14th May, 6-7:30pm in LT2 of Education Centre, Bristol Royal Infirmary.

We have talks on “Preparing for the End Stage: Living with Renal Disease” by renal registrar Dr Barnaby Hole and “Advanced Care Planning” by palliative care consultant Dr Miranda Flory.

Refreshments and certificates will be provided. Please sign up here: to help plan catering.

Any questions please feel free to email

Best wishes



STAR Annual Research Congress

The Severn Trainee Anaesthetic Research Group (STAR) are pleased to announce the finalised programme for the STAR 2nd Annual Research Congress. Open to trainees of all grades, this will be an exciting day of talks from national experts at the forefront of anaesthetic research. The day also allows sign off of the mandatory research section of Annex G.

Date: 14th June 2019

Venue: North Bristol NHS Trust

Cost: FREE! (Lunch included)

Confirm your free place at:

Programme Highlights:

Research updates: NAP 7, Updates in CPR, Awareness in Anaesthesia, PQIP, FLO-ELA, Major Trauma Research Network

Career guidance: Developing a research career, How to get published, RAFT and trainee research networks

Also featuring STAR Project Pitch 2019

Do you have a great idea for a research or QI project? Want to see it carried out on a regional scale? Submit your proposal to - DEADLINE 1st June. The top 3 proposals will be invited to present at the Congress, with the winning proposal chosen as our next big project.


Pathology Foundation Taster Event 

The newly launched RCPath Foundation Taster Scheme is an exciting opportunity for foundation doctors to explore pathology and see what the career has to offer. It combines a clinical taster day in your region with an event to be held in our fantastic new RCPath College building, sponsored by the BDIAP. The event will take place on Saturday 29th June at the Royal College of Pathologists new facilities at 6 Alie Street, London E1 8QT.

Come and meet consultants and trainees from each of the major specialties and talk to them about the work they do, what the training involves and the variety of opportunities that are available for trainees to pursue. You will receive advice about the application process and how to be successful at interview, as well as how to pursue academic and research opportunities in pathology. You will also be able to put the pathology specialties to the test: can they help you to diagnose what is wrong with the mystery unconscious patient in the park?! Also make the most of the chance to submit a pathology-related poster to give you another line on your application and a potential prize of £100 from the ACP. At the event you will be given support to organise your own clinical taster day in a specialty of interest to you. If you have been considering applying for specialist training in pathology and would like to know more about the different subspecialties of pathology, make sure you register for this event to explore the exciting opportunities that our specialty has to offer you!

Registrations for the RCPath Foundation Taster Event are now open. Further information including booking details for the event can be found at Foundation Taster Event and I have also attached the programme.

This is an exciting event with limited spaces so we appreciate you circulating this information in your networks.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time.


UKFPO Weekly Bulletin

The UKFPO Bulletin has been published onto our website and can be found in the news section via the link below:

Kind regards,



Please note that the publicising of courses, conferences and events in this bulletin does not imply endorsement by the Severn Foundation School.