Posted October 11th 2023 (6 months ago)

Foundation School Bulletin

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health - Foundation Doctor Prize 2023

Each year the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health offers three Foundation doctors from each deanery the opportunity to experience a day at the RCPCH Annual Conference, this year in Birmingham from 25–27 March 2024.

This opportunity is open to both F1s and F2s. You must be nominated by the Foundation Programme Director in your Trust by 13th October 2023. If you are interested, please contact your programme director or foundation training team. Those nominated by their Trust will need to submit a short personal statement to the Foundation School; the three best will be nominated for the RCPCH prize.

National Education and Training Survey (NETS) 

The 2023 round of the National Education and Training Survey (NETS) will be running from Tuesday 3 October – Tuesday 28 November 2023. The NETS is the voice of the healthcare workforce. The results drive forward improvements in the clinical learning environment and underpin our work to eliminate inequalities in education and training.

The survey takes just 10 minutes to complete and your feedback is vital in ensuring that all learning environments are safe, inclusive and support healthcare professionals to work together to deliver the highest standards of care.

Every survey response, across every profession and location, counts and helps to improve the experience of the current and future workforce. Your experience matters. Please click here to complete the NETS and make sure your voice is heard.

eLearning for Healthcare Foundation October Update: Seeking senior advice

Welcome to your October 2023 update from the Foundation elearning programme. This month focuses on where, when, and why to seek senior advice throughout your training.

The following elearning sessions aim to enhance your knowledge around safe medical practice, when to stop and seek help, and explaining evidence, guidelines and protocols to patients.


The sessions cover areas in your curriculum on:

FPC 1: Clinical Assessment
FPC 2: Clinical Prioritisation
FPC 3: Holistic Planning
FPC 4: Communication and Care
FPC 5: Continuity of Care
FPC 6: Sharing the Vision
FPC 9: Quality Improvement
FPC 12: Continuing Professional Development

UKFPO Webinar: TAB/PSG and summary narrative

The UKFPO will be hosting a webinar around TAB/PSG and summary narrative, which will be focused around what each of these tools are, how TAB and PSG differ and hints and tips for how to interact with the tools. The webinar will be recorded.

When: Friday 20 October 2023, 14:00-15:00 (BST)
Where: Virtual via Microsoft Teams. You do not need to pre-register, click here to join the webinar at 14:00. 
Target Audience: Foundation doctors and Foundation trainers
Webinar panel: Dr Anthony Choules, UKFPO Education and Support Advisor; Dr Fiona Cameron, UKFP Assessment Lead and FSD Scotland; Dr Aysha Nijamudeen, UKFPO Fellow and F2 doctor

New trauma informed care elearning programme now available

NHS England’s elearning for healthcare and Mental Health team have worked together to develop a new elearning programme about trauma informed care.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted a growing need for health and care professionals to understand the dynamics and impact of trauma on the lives of individuals, families and communities.

The programme, which is aimed at frontline health and care professionals, emergency services colleagues, violence reduction units and education staff, consists of 5 modules:

  • Human Development and Responses to Threat
  • What Do We Mean by Trauma?
  • Basic Awareness, Concepts and Challenges
  • Public Health and Prevention, Personal Capacity
  • Making Trauma Informed Approaches Part of Healthcare

On completion of the programme learners will have a greater understanding of trauma and its impact on the lives of everyone who encounters services, including those who work within it. It will help learners to recognise and sensitively respond to people who have experienced trauma.

For more information and to access the resource, please visit the Trauma Informed Care programme page.

National Teaching Opportunity for Doctors and Dentists

Medic Mentor invites enthusiastic doctors and dentists to participate in their virtual Mock Interview Teaching Days, which help S6/Year 13 students from schools across the UK as well as fundraising for the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund Charity.

They are looking for mock interviewers who will be able to lead a mock panel/MMI interview virtually. All of the questions and mark schemes will be provided in advance. All of the volunteers will be awarded a national teaching certificate, student feedback and a reference for participating in the teaching day. There is also a national prize available for the best teacher and mentor so it would be a really good portfolio opportunity.

Medic Mentor has partnered with the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF) who provide support for medical students and doctors facing financial hardship. In addition to your national teaching certificate, the RMBF will provide an additional certificate for your contribution to our programme.

There are a selection of 8 mock interview days that are taking place virtually on Zoom and you are welcome you to participate in more than one session if you wish! You will require access to a computer device with Zoom installed and a working camera and microphone.

You can choose to attend any of the following dates:

Saturday November 25th
Sunday November 26th

Saturday December 16th
Sunday December 17th

Saturday January 27th
Sunday January 28th

Saturday February 24th
Sunday February 25th

If you are interested in taking part or if you would like some more information, please email

Careers in Academia Webinar

Contemporary Medicine is research-driven and evolving science. Hence academia plays a vital role not only in patient care but also in education and training. In this virtual career event, you will have an opportunity to learn the career path or developments of current doctors in academic training in the UK and beyond. An interactive panel discussion will be led by the Associate Dean (Academic Training Pathways) NIHR Academy. The Programme will be delivered as below:

Venue: Live virtual
Date: 24th October 2023 Tuesday
Time: 19.00-20.30 UK Time

19.00-19.05: Welcome by Moe Oo Foundation Programme Director-Careers
19.05-19.20: A journey: from Academic (specialised) FY to ACF by Amanda Leow, University of Leeds
19.20-19.35: Diary of an academic trainee by Lauren Quinn, University of Birmingham
19.35-19:40: Comfort Break
19.40-19.55: My research training in Stanford by Vijaytha Muralidharan, University of Stanford
19.55-20.10: International Medical Graduate and Academia by Mya Lelt Win, University of Dundee
20.10-20.30: Panel Discussion and Final Message by Lorraine Harper, Associate Dean NIHR Academy

Please click here to join the webinar.