Posted February 7th 2023 (1 year ago)

Foundation School Bulletin

UCL Medical Emergencies Course for Trainee Doctors - VIRTUAL COURSE
Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th February 2023

Online registration now open at
Registration Fee - £85.00

Topics include:

  • Metabolic Emergencies
  • Acute Heart Failure, Arrhythmias
  • Hypothermia, Hyperthermia, Overdose
  • Myocardial Infarction, Chest Pain
  • Unconscious Patient, Status Epilepticus, Meningitis
  • ...and more!

Registration fee includes:

  • Access to the virtual course on 11th & 12th February to watch the presentations and put questions to the speakers.
  • Post-course access to the video content (pre-registered delegates only). The content will be available from approximately 2 weeks after the course until the end of May 2023.
  • CPD certificate (provided by email to those who attend the course)
  • Opportunity to self-certify for CPD for watching the course content later (one CPD credit per hour).

Please note that anyone wishing to access the video contact afterwards must pre-register before the course takes place. Further details can be found on the meeting website -

The Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards: Foundation update (January 2023)

Welcome to your January 2023 update from the Foundation elearning programme. This month focuses on the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards.

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) are central to inpatient care. The MCA protects the rights of vulnerable people, and the following group of sessions cover topics such as assessing capacity, consent, patient autonomy and safeguarding.


Programme of Online Learning for International Medical Graduates 2023

2nd Safe Prescribing for IMGs: Secondary Care - 5th March 2023 - £75
by Mrs Balwinder Bolla, Consultant Antimicrobial Pharmacist (ULHT); Ms Rabia Ahmed, Programme Director, Aston University; Dr Akin Falayajo, Consultant in Acute Medicine (ULHT)

This one-day online course aims to support international medical graduates that are new to clinical practice in the NHS, with safe prescribing skills to enable confident management of adult patients using a wide range of clinical case scenarios and interactive content. 

Bronze Quality Improvement (QI) Training Course Available for F2s

Health Education England South West (HEE-SW) in partnership with the South West Academic Health Science Network (South West AHSN) are offering a Bronze level QI training programme, free at the point of delivery.

This is your opportunity to:

  • Explore how QI can help your career progression
  • Understand QI and the science behind it Use QI methodology to improve the systems you work in
  • This course is aimed at those who are new to QI or have a basic understanding. There is a pre-course requirement to ensure all attendees are at a similar knowledge level. This will include set reading and viewing of videos, which will take approximately one hour to complete.  CPD points will be awarded and all delegates will receive a Bronze QI certificate.

This QI course is aligned to the GMC’s Generic Professional Capabilities framework click here and supports the requirement that Doctors-in-Training demonstrate significant personal contribution to a quality improvement project.

More information can be found on the Severn Postgraduate Medical Training Website Bookings are made through MaxCourse. If you don’t yet have an account, sign up today – please note this is a separate MaxCourse site to the Severn Foundation one used for F2 regional teaching.

Skin of Colour Education Survey Request

Skin of colour is under-represented in dermatology education and research. The curriculum at the University of Bristol was recently adapted to include more teaching on skin of colour. Completing this short survey (less than 5 minutes) on skin of colour will help inform the University of Bristol on the effectiveness of the teaching programme. Your answers will remain anonymous.

Please click on this link to access the survey:

Dr Eliza Hutchison (IMT1 trainee in UHBW NHS Foundation Trust)
Dr Hannah Wainman (Consultant Dermatologist and Dermatology Lead for the MB ChB Medical Undergraduate Programme and Champion for the Inclusion of Skin of Colour University of Bristol)

RCPsych Spring 2023 Prizes and Bursaries

The Royal College of Psychiatrists are delighted to announce that they have now opened their spring prizes and bursaries for entries. Please see below for information on the ones open to foundation doctors.  

Dr Stephen Dinniss Foundation and Medical Students Poster Prize

You are invited to submit a written abstract and poster on any area of psychiatry. The posters will be displayed at the Spring Biannual Meeting and their respective abstracts published in the Programme and Abstracts Booklet.

The number of posters is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis. Those considered for the award will be expected to attend the Spring Biannual Meeting on 19 May 2023 and will be available during all breaks to discuss their entry with the competition judges.

In recognition of our responsibility as psychiatrists to help combat the climate and ecological crisis, we are introducing a sustainability category for all poster submissions. 

Who can enter?
It's open to all foundation doctors and medical students working or studying in the South West Division who are Student Associates or Foundation Associates of the Royal College of Psychiatrists on the closing date.

A prize of £100 will be awarded to the winner and further prize certificates may be awarded at the discretion of the judges.

Please see website for how to enter:

Deadline for entries: 9am on 28 March 2023

Lisa Thomas Poetry Prize

Write a poem with a mental health theme to win. Your poem must not have been published previously.

This annual prize will be presented virtually at the next Spring Biannual Meeting on 19 May 2023. The poems of the winners will be published on the RCPsych website and in the Programme and Abstracts booklet for the Spring Biannual Meeting. Prize winners will also be invited to recite their poem to a live audience at the conference, or give permission for a member of the South West Division team to perform a recital of the winning poem on their behalf.

Who can enter?
Anyone connected with mental health and based in the South West Division. You might have previously used or are using mental health services, support a friend or relative who uses or has used mental health services, or works within the mental health sector.

Please see website for how to enter:

Deadline for entries: 9am on 28 March 2023

Spring Biannual Meeting Bursary
RCPsych offer up to 10 bursaries for south west medical students and foundation year doctors to present a poster at the South West Spring Biannual Meeting, which is usually held in Devon in May.

Bursaries for foundation year doctors include registration fee only.

Who can apply?
Medical students and foundation year doctors who have entered the Dr Stephen Dinniss Foundation and Medical Student Poster Prize, who are Student Associates or Foundation Associates of the Royal College of Psychiatrists on the prize closing date and who are working or studying in the South West Division area on the date of submission.

Clinical Teaching Fellow Role at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - deadline 14 Feb 2023

Swindon Undergraduate Academy would like to appoint Clinical Teaching Fellows both office and ward based for the Academic Year beginning August 2023. These are 1-year posts in the first instance, but they can be extended for a further 12 months by mutual agreement. Please see the NHS Jobs website for more information:

National Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Poster Competition 2023

Present at the 10th anniversary conference of the Bristol Patient Safety Conference!

Deadline 3rd March 2023 - see competition details and online entry form here:

There are up to 160 poster places at this online conference. Successful entries receive:

An invitation to give a live oral poster presentation* at a national conference on 17th May 2023.
A discounted delegate rate of £169 (no VAT). Co-authors will also qualify for the discounted rate.
A national poster competition presentation certificate with names of presenter(s) and authors
There will be a first prize and runner up for each themed poster group
* 2-minute oral presentation followed by judge-led Q&A

Who should apply?: Junior doctors, nurses, midwives, consultants, AHPs, GPs, physician associates, foundation doctors, medical students and those working in care settings among others

NEW F2 Regional Teaching Courses Added to MaxCourse

Please check MaxCourse for up-to-date regional teaching offerings, including Train the Trainer, Sustainability QI, and Introduction to Genomics. Regional teaching courses are provided to F2s free of charge, with travel expenses to courses outside of your Trust reimbursed. Please remember to submit a study leave application prior to the course date before funding can be approved.