Posted December 16th 2020 (1 month ago)

Foundation School Bulletin

Your views on accessing online educational resources for prescribing, therapeutics and medicines optimisation

Health Education England would like to invite you to take part in a short survey to better understand how we might improve access to online educational resources about prescribing, therapeutics and medicines optimisation. The survey should take no longer than 15 minutes of your time. It asks about your current role and your experience of accessing online educational resources for prescribing, therapeutics and medicines optimisation; it invites your views on how we might improve access to these.

The survey closes on Sunday 17th January 2021 at 23:59.

To complete the survey, please click here

Equality in Training

An FY1 at Southmead Hospital, Hayley Johnson, has recently written a piece on inequalities in healthcare which has been accepted for publication in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Please see ‘If I were minister of health’ (themed on inequalities in healthcare) here

Foundation programme – December 2020 update

The Foundation e-learning programme has been developed specifically for Foundation doctors by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in partnership with Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) and is approved by UKFPO.

Do you need to complete parts of the curriculum on your e-portfolio which you do not cover in day-to-day practice? If so, why not try some of our free e-learning mapped directly to the Foundation Professional Capabilities (Training Outcomes) in the 2016 Foundation Curriculum.

The sessions in the e-LfH Foundation e-learning programme:

Professional Capability: 19
Makes patient safety a priority in clinical practice


Stress – Mental health

Health (blood borne infection) and handling stress

An underperforming colleague – what to do

Stress – Bullying

Introduction to patient safety

Quality and safety in the NHS

Raising concerns about patient safety

Team working and patient safety

Clinical governance

Outcomes and patient experience

Handling complaints

You can sign in to the e-learning with your login supplied by e-LfH at any time during your foundation training.

HORUS and TURAS link to e-LfH e-learning sessions from the FP Curriculum and are therefore accessible to all trainees, making it quicker and easy to access the appropriate session linked to the curriculum.

We have also included an update about the SCRIPT Medicine and Surgery portfolio for foundation trainee doctors.

SCRIPT e-learning for safer prescribing

Created in 2010, the SCRIPT e-learning programme was developed by the University of Birmingham and OCB Media and commissioned by Health Education England.

The e-learning is designed to encourage safe and effective prescribing and optimal medicines management among healthcare professionals.

How effective is e-learning?

The European Association for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics (EACPT) Working Group on education recently conducted a review to identify and assess the effects of digital learning on learner-related and clinically relevant outcomes.

They concluded that "e-learning is the most-used type of digital learning for safe and effective prescribing education and is efficacious in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate prescribers the required knowledge, skills, and attitudes".

About the SCRIPT Medicine and Surgery portfolio for foundation trainee doctors

The SCRIPT Medicine and Surgery e-learning portfolio for foundation trainee doctors is a collection of 49 modules, delivered through a dedicated learning platform, that have been specifically designed to help improve the prescribing competency and safety of foundation doctors. The portfolio is freely available to all foundation schools in England.

A module usually takes approximately one hour to complete but does not have to be completed in one sitting. Content has been authored by a team of expert healthcare professionals and is reviewed and updated on a regular basis.

How do I access the programme?

Anyone with a or e-mail address can access SCRIPT Medicine and Surgery for free.

Where can I get support with the SCRIPT e-learning programme?

If you are new to e-learning, or have a question about the e-learning modules, Nicholas Blackwell will be running virtual live demos on the following dates from 10am to 11am:

Tuesday 15 December 2020, Tuesday 12 January 2021 & Tuesday 16 February 2021

During the sessions you will:

Have a tour of the SCRIPT user experience

Run through a summary of the different SCRIPT variants

View some example SCRIPT module content

Take a look at the trainee data analytics, management and reporting tool.

The virtual demos will be conducted over Microsoft Teams and joining instructions are available by contacting Nicholas.