Posted June 17th 2021 (1 year ago)

Foundation School Bulletin

BSACI Medical Scholarships 2021

Information about the meeting & scholarship can be found here:

Details of the award:

1. Open to all Foundation year 2, Internal Medicine and paediatric trainees with an interest in or considering a career in Allergy.
2. Up to £550 to cover conference fees, hotel accommodation and travel expenses.
3. The application involves supplying a 300-word statement detailing why the applicant would benefit from this scholarship with a supporting letter from their current supervisor.
4. Abstract submission for the conference is encouraged but is not a requirement.
5. Deadline for submissions is Friday 23rd July 2021.

Any questions or require any further information, please contact us at

Widening Participation Study

Dear Doctors,

We are looking to recruit doctors from different stages of medical training who identify as coming from widening participation backgrounds to consider participating in our research.

We would like to invite you to take part in a focus group and/or a semi-structured interview as part of our research project, which seeks to explore the factors which have a bearing on the career destinations of doctors from widening participation backgrounds.

Traditionally the makeup of doctors studying medicine has not been representative of the wider population and some groups have been overrepresented and some groups under represented when accounting for ethnicity, gender, and social economic background. Widening participation refers to making access to higher education more accessible to everyone, in particular those groups who have not traditionally had the opportunity to study at university. We want to explore the factors affecting the career decisions of doctors who originally came from widening participation backgrounds, and how this affects the decisions you’ve made, relating to where you work (and in which career pathway).

If you are interested in participating, we would be very grateful if you could read the attached combined information sheet and consent form. If you are still interested in participating, you can find the link to the pre-registration form here where you can express your interest to take part, and tick to confirm you are giving your consent to proceed with the project. This form will collect some initial demographic information and should take no more than five minutes to complete.

Electronic Health Records, Interoperability, and Patient Safety Study

The lack of interoperability (the ability to easily share clinical data amongst healthcare providers and across healthcare settings) is often described as a barrier to the greater adoption and safer use of electronic health records (EHRs). Few studies have explicitly investigated this problem and the challenges it poses for physicians and the implications it has on patient safety.

Our latest study at the Institute of Global Health Innovations, Imperial College London, aims to explore the perceptions of healthcare providers regarding the current state of EHR interoperability, how it affects patient care and safety, and the associated costs of wasted healthcare resources it incurs to the NHS.

We are looking for doctors to take part in this study and tell us their experiences of using EHRs in the NHS via a short 10-minute survey. Find out more and access the survey by clicking here

Foundation programme - June 2021 update

F1 doctors starting in August 2021 and doctors becoming F2 in August 2021 will be enrolled to the new Foundation elearning programme on 30 June 2021. Check your emails for this or notices on the elearning for healthcare Hub. The existing Foundation elearning programme, which aligns with the 2016 curriculum, will be retired on 4 August 2021 and all history of previous sessions completed will be kept in your history on the elearning for healthcare Hub and on your eportfolio.

Remember if you have not already used our elearning, the Foundation elearning programme is an official resource designed specifically to support you in completing the Foundation Curriculum and available free via Health Education England’s (HEE) elearning for healthcare (elfh) Hub. Topics cover the entire Foundation Curriculum and completing sessions early will help you get more out of your attachments in the Foundation years. Each of these sessions are mapped to the Foundation Curriculum and will provide evidence to the General Medical Council that you have completed the Curriculum. The Foundation elearning programme will help you cover parts of the Foundation Curriculum that you would otherwise not encounter. Your sessions will be recorded in your eportfolio.
You can sign on to the elearning with your login supplied by elearning for healthcare at any time during your foundation training:
HORUS and TURAS have direct links to elearning for healthcare sessions from the Foundation Curriculum and therefore accessible to all trainees, making it quick and easy to access the appropriate session linked to the curriculum.

SCRIPT – supporting safer prescribing practices
The SCRIPT programme is a collection of innovative elearning portfolios designed to encourage safe and effective prescribing and medicines management among healthcare professionals.
SCRIPT will enhance your knowledge and confidence in prescribing correctly, improving patient safety, therapeutics and medicines management. You will receive a certificate for each module that you complete, which can be used in your online learning portfolio. SCRIPT is easy to use. You can access the modules at a time which suits you and revisit them even after completion. SCRIPT registration for F1 foundation trainees will be available from 8 July 2021. You can learn more about the SCRIPT elearning programme by visiting the SCRIPT website.

Virtual Instructor Led Learning Faculty

Health Education England’s Technology Enhanced Learning (HEE TEL) team is working on the Virtual Instructor Led Learning (VILL) Faculty which aims to support the education community increase their confidence and capability as they are transitioning to designing, developing and delivering learning virtually.

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated and amplified the pace for digital transformation and delivering teaching online. VILL is therefore highly likely to become one of the predominant mechanisms for delivering learning within the health and care sector.

The insight gathered during the discovery phase highlighted that there is a whole spectrum of performance ability from people feeling overwhelmed and under-equipped, to early adopters who are stretching the boundaries of this medium. The VILL faculty aims to offer support to everyone regardless of their current ability and experience.

The VILL team can now offer live support to the education community over the next couple of months in three ways:

1. Driving excellence in Virtual Learning - Virtual Workshop

2. Virtual Learning Coaching - One-to-One or One-to-Team Virtual Coaching

3. Virtual Learning Community of Practice
Capacity on these events is limited so please sign up as soon as you can via the link below: