Posted November 15th 2023 (7 months ago)

Foundation School Bulletin

eLearning for Healthcare Foundation November Update: Good Communication

Welcome to your November 2023 update from the Foundation elearning programme. This month focuses on good communication.

From discussing issues such as treatment risks or organ donation with patients; to breaking bad news or supporting the bereavement process, communication skills are key to your success as a doctor. The following sessions aim to support you to sell your diagnosis, your treatment, and most of all yourself, to your 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 8: Upholding Values
  • FPC 11: Ethics and Law

UKFPO Fellow Survey to Improve Inequalities In Access to Training Opportunities 

Aysha Nijamudeen is working with the UKFPO to improve inequalities in access to training opportunities for foundation doctors in the UK. Please take 5 minutes to complete this survey, which will be used to help develop a framework to improve training opportunities for all Foundation Doctors. All responses are anonymous, Survey link: 

Please contact Aysha at if you would like further information or have any queries.

Education and Support webinar - Sustainability in Healthcare 12 December 2023 2pm

The UKFPO welcome all Foundation doctors to their third webinar of the training year, which will be focused around sustainability in healthcare, and specifically sustainable quality improvement (QI). A panel of experts will discuss these concepts and how you may approach incorporating sustainability into your QI projects, research and work.

When: Tuesday 12 December 2023, 14:00-15:00 (GMT)
Where: Virtual via Microsoft Teams. You do not need to pre-register, simply click here to join the webinar at 14:00. The webinar will be recorded and uploaded to the UKFPO website.
Target Audience: Foundation doctors
Webinar panel: Dr Anthony Choules, UKFPO Education and Support Advisor and Ayoma Ratnappuli, Education Fellow, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH)

Email with any queries.

Emergency General Surgery Weekend 1st and 2nd of December, for Doctors in Training and Locally Employed Doctors 

The four largest general surgical trainee organisations (Moynihan Academy, ASiT, Dukes and Roux) are hosting an Emergency General Surgery weekend for medical students, doctors in training and locally employed doctors, on the 1st and 2nd of December 2023.

For Pre-MRCS trainees (virtual on Medall):
Medical students (£35), foundation doctors, F3/4s and Locally Employed Doctors (£45)
Lecturers covering a ‘surgical induction’ managing acutely unwell patient, common presentations, as well as a career talks and tips on presenting abstracts at conferences. (This will count as a conference attended for CST applications)

For Pre-FRCS Trainees (in person, Birmingham):
Core trainees, Registrars, Locally Employed Doctors and SAS grades
A series of speakers covering common but challenging FRCS and ST3 interview questions as well as Viva practice on the Saturday.

Any questions please feel free to email

Evening Medical Update (EMU) programme

These updates are developed by our Trainees and Members Committee with a focus on the Internal Medicine Training (IMT) curriculum, including topics such as Cardiology, Oncology, Renal Medicine and more. All EMUs are held live on a Tuesday evening and there is the option to view each EMU online from home with 28 days on-demand access (free for RCPE Members), or the live event from one of our live-link sites (free for all). RCPE Members can catch up online at Membership is free for medical students and foundation doctors. The programme is primarily for trainees but is open to all hospital doctors, GPs, healthcare professionals and medical students at any stage of their career.

The following dates are upcoming:

  • 12 December 2023: Cardiology
  • 30 January 2024: Clinical Governance
  • 27 February 2024: Gastroenterology
  • 26 March 2024: Genetics, Maternal and Metabolic Medicine
  • 30 April 2024: Futuristic Medicine
  • 21 May 2024: Palliative Medicine
  • 25 June 2024: Renal Medicine

Book online: For all enquiries, please contact Lauren Slater

STAR Annual Conference 2024 - 19th Feb 2024

Are you interested in anaesthesia, critical care, pain medicine and/or research?

If so, then come along to The Severn Trainee Anaesthetic Research Group (STAR) 2024 Annual Conference.

The event is FREE to attend and will take place on 19th February 2024, at the NBT learning centre. Lunch provided.

Open to everyone, this will be an exciting day of talks from national experts at the forefront of anaesthesia and critical care research and QI. The talks will focus on how to get involved with academic medicine and potential pathways - making it perfect for doctors at the start of their training.

There will also be an opportunity for trainee presentations and the annual “project pitch prize” - more details to follow.

Book your free place now at

New Regional Teaching Courses on Maxcourse

Please check Maxcourse for the latest regional teaching offerings, including:

  • Managing the acutely unwell older adult
  • Human Factors
  • Practical Procedures and Ultrasound Skills
  • End of Life Care
  • Anatomy Revision: Intensive Anatomy Day
  • Law, Ethics and Judgement
  • Medico-Legal Day
  • Introduction to Genomics
  • Leadership and Management
  • Emergencies and Critical Care
  • Medical Education Day