Posted January 29th 2020 (1 month ago)

Foundation School Bulletin

Information Bulletin – 29/01/2020

Discover GP Conference

The Discover GP conferences 2020 are specifically tailored for medical students and foundation doctors to showcase the exciting, dynamic and rewarding career that is general practice.

The conference series will explore the role of GPs as changemakers in the 21st century through four key themes which are particularly pertinent to the world of general practice as it stands in 2020:

1. Social and health inequalities
2. Climate change and the environment
3. Social prescribing and alternate modes of care
4. Technology and the future of general practice

Join us in Bristol where we will focus on climate change and the environment through a varied programme of interactive skill-based sessions including consultation skills, practical guidance on career pathways and available opportunities, and interact with several high-profile GPs on topics spanning social prescribing, research in general practice, and the exciting opportunities in partnership. Meet GP trainees and newly-qualified GPs showcasing a wide variety of career possibilities and get direct insight into your next steps as a medical student or foundation doctor. You will come away inspired and empowered to make change.

• Tickets include lunch and travel (on an opt-in basis - please see for more details and to request. Travel requests will close on Weds 12th February).
Poster Competition
Submit an abstract for the annual Discover GP poster competition. Posters entered into the Bristol competition will also be entered into a national competition. Find out more and submit your abstract at by 30 January 2020.

This conference is offered at a discounted rate for student and foundation doctor members of RCGP. Membership is free of charge, apply now at

Travel is included with your ticket on an opt-in basis. However, it is vital that you complete the form at to request travel if you require it. Travel requests will close on Weds 12th February

  • Being held at University of Bristol, 12 Priory Road, Bristol, England BS8 1UQ
  • 22 February 2020 9.30am to 6.00pm

 The booking link is below:


Psychiatry teaching opportunity

Attention those with psychiatry experience - exciting University of Bristol teaching opportunity in March!

We are running an exciting clinical day for Year 2 medical students and need enthusiastic co-facilitators to help out!
Minimal advance preparation is required, and all teaching materials will be prepared for you – we just need help facilitating small group sessions on the day. The students will be practicing history-taking, risk assessment and meeting with patients and carers. It has previously been a really enjoyable teaching day, but if you need further persuasion, we can also provide certificates of participation and do assessments of your teaching.

Some psychiatry knowledge/ background would be helpful, so currently we would like to hear from those who have done (or are currently doing) psychiatry jobs.
The date is Thursday 12th March and will be taking place across two sites in Bristol – Callington Road Hospital (Brislington) and Blackberry Hill Hospital (Fishponds) and will be a full day event.

If you are interested in taking part, please email by Friday 7th February, including your name, place of work and psychiatry experience.

Many thanks and give me a shout if you have any questions about it.
Dr Harriet Greenstone
Senior clinical Teaching Fellow in Psychiatry


F2 Regional Teaching (F2s only)

Severn Foundation School runs a rich and varied F2 regional teaching programme between October and May which contributes to your core teaching hours and aspects of the foundation curriculum. As well as being a chance to network and catch up with foundation colleagues from around the patch, we hope you will find the Severn F2 Regional Teaching Programme fun, informative and useful.

All our F2s are expected to attend a minimum of four Regional Teaching Days consisting of:

1 Clinical Skills day (mandatory)
1 Human Factors session (mandatory)
2 other Regional Teaching days of your choice

You are of course welcome to attend more if you wish!

The Regional Teaching Programme uses days from your study leave allocation. Study Leave needs to be agreed and booked prior to booking onto courses. Please see the Foundation Study Leave policy Maxcourse

In order to book into regional Teaching sessions, you will need to register on Maxcourse.

Please ensure you fully complete your personal details including your F2 Trust, your address (this helps match you with others in your area who might wish to share lifts), and crucially, your profession (Foundation Year 2) as you will not be able to book onto courses otherwise.

Once you have registered, you will be able to book onto Regional Teaching sessions. A few points to note:

DO book study leave with your department in advance
DO spread your Regional Teaching sessions throughout the year
DO check the calendar on Maxcourse regularly, as not all courses are available yet
DO NOT book into multiple sessions of the same course – space is limited, and it is unfair to block places which others could take – this applies in particular to the mandatory Human Factors and Clinical Skills courses
DO NOT book yourself into more than one course on the same date – again, space is limited, and it is unfair to block places
DO NOT cancel at the last minute or fail to show up without good cause. If you realise you can’t attend a session you have booked, log into Maxcourse as soon as possible to cancel your place