Foundation Bulletin

May 2021


UKFPO Bulletin 

UKFPO Bulletin / 5th May 2021      



Workshops – Now Available to book on the Website 

There are now 2021 dates set for the Foundation Career Workshops, these will be run from March 2021- June 2021. To book onto a date, please click here.  There are more places available on workshops in May and June so please book your place as soon as possible.

Please note this workshop will take place online via Zoom. The Zoom link will be included in the registration email you receive from Eventbrite after signing up for the event. You will also receive the Zoom link in reminder emails before the event!



WM Foundation Trainee Surgical Society

Please see flyer attached for more information on how to join

Women in Surgery Event

Please see attached flyer 

BMA Webinar

Please see attached flyer 

Other Information 

Oxford Medical Simulation

Please make sure you have received your log in details and are able to access this resource. We will be asking for feedback later this year. In addition to the Diabetes scenarios 5 additional scenarios have been opened up which are available to use so please make use of these. 

  • Sepsis - Intravenous drug user with cellulitis and abscess
  • Cardiac - Congestive heart failure and pulmonary edema
  • Gastroenterology - Steroid-induced pancreatitis
  • Other - Alcohol withdrawal and suicidal ideation
  • Mental Health – Acute Anxiety


New E-learning Eating Disorders Programme

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has worked with Beat and the Royal College of Psychiatrists to develop an e-learning programme to help medical students and foundation doctors feel more confident in identifying and assessing patients with eating disorders.

The e-learning is designed to ensure that all medical students and foundation doctors are trained to understand, identify and respond appropriately when faced with a patient with a possible eating disorder.

This programme is designed to enable them to:

  • Identify the major eating disorders and spot the early warning signs
  • Understand the role of starvation in eating disorders and the effects on the brain
  • Understand common challenges experienced by clinicians identifying people with eating disorders
  • Identify the occurrence of eating disorders in patients who may present with other conditions
  • Understand how to assess for an eating disorder
  • Understand from sufferers of eating disorders about how they confronted their illness
  • Recognise the official guidance and care pathways available


It was developed in response to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) investigation into avoidable deaths from eating disorders, as outlined in recommendations from the Ignoring the Alarms: How NHS Eating Disorder Services are Failing Patients report (PHSO, 2017).

A 2017 survey and review of undergraduate training found that the majority of UK doctors receive less than 2 hours of training and eating disorders during their 10-16 years of medical training and approximately 20% do not receive any training at all (Ayton and Ibrahim, 2018). While the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS, 2007) in England found that 6.4% of adults screened positive for an eating disorder.

Programme partners are Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity, and the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Eating Disorders.

For more information and to access the e-learning programme, visit the programme page.

Foundation E-learning Programme Update

Welcome to your February and March 2021 update about the Foundation e-learning programme, I would be grateful if you would share this among your networks.

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: 9
Recognises, assesses and initiates management of the acutely ill patient:

Professional Capability: 11
Obtains history, performs clinical examination, formulates differential diagnosis and management plan:

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.

COVID-19 training risk reporting tool now LIVE  

HEE has today launched an online reporting tool for postgraduate medical and dental trainees, Training Programme Directors (TPDs) and Heads of School (HoS) to report perceived risks to experiential learning and progression due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The webform provides the opportunity to anonymously report challenges and concerns within the training environment, and for HEE to monitor and manage these risks. 


ARCP Updates  

For information, summaries, reminders and updates regarding current arrangements and ongoing work for FiY1, ARCP 2020 and FP 2020, please see 

ARCP requirements 2021:  

ARCP requirements were updated in December 2020 to take into account the continuing effects of the pandemic. They’ve been reduced again but higher than June 2020 requirements. Please refer to the UKFPO website in the first instance and discuss any questions or concerns with your educational supervisor. 

ARCP Webinar:

HEE is holding an update webinar for doctors in training on 25th March 7pm, focusing in particular on Foundation ARCP guidance and processes.

Do you have a question? Submit it here >>

Link to join webinar on the night >>


Foundation Review Recommendation

Please see attahched document for more information