November 2023

Please see below for KSS November bulletin.

New Updates

Inequalities in access to training opportunities for foundation doctors in the UK survey

The research is being conducted by Aysha Nijamudeen who is working with the UKFPO to improve inequalities in access to training opportunities for foundation doctors in the UK. All responses are anonymous:

UKFPO webinar on the 12 December 14.00-15.00- Sustainability in healthcare

The UKFPO welcome all Foundation doctors to our third webinar of the training year, which will be focused around sustainability in healthcare, and specifically sustainable quality improvement (QI). Our 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 our website.

Webinar panel: Dr Anthony Choules, UKFPO Education and Support Advisor and Ayoma Ratnappuli, Education Fellow, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH)

Email with any queries.

Induction survey-part 2

This second survey is designed to provide further information which will be used to develop our induction programme for foundation doctors in the future. We plan to share this information as widely as possible so your contribution could potentially make a significant difference to future trainees.

Please complete Part 2 whether you completed part 1 or not.

There is an opportunity to provide more in depth feedback as outlined in the final question.

If possible, please complete the survey in one sitting since you will not be able to access it later. It should only take you approximately 10 minutes to complete. The questionnaire is anonymous, and your thoughts and comments are greatly appreciated.  Thank you for taking the time to complete this questionnaire.

To access the survey please log on to:

or use the QR code:

Taster course in Nephrology on the 26 January 2024

For further information please see this flyer.

Closing soon…

NETS survey

Is now open and closes on the 28 November 2023.

Don’t miss the opportunity to tell us about your experience and influence your future by completing the survey:

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health – Foundation Doctor Prize 2024

It’s the time of the year again when the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health requests all Foundation Schools to nominate their most outstanding Foundation Doctors with an interest in Paediatrics for the RCPCH Foundation Doctor Prize 2024.

Any KSS foundation doctor who wishes to be considered for nomination for this prize please complete the MS form in the link below by 5pm on Monday 20th November 2023:

Further details can be found on the RCPH website:

Foundation School Representatives

A new section of the bulletin where our Foundation School Representatives can share news, information and gather feedback from Foundation Doctors training in KSS.

Contact details for the representatives can be found below, and further information is avilable on our website: You can contact any or all of the representatives below, they do not need to be based in the same region as you or your trust.

NameGradeE-mailKSS Region
Dr Harriet SharpF1harriet.sharp11@nhs.netSurrey
Dr Preeyan ShahF1preeyan.shah2@nhs.netKent
Dr William JenkinsF1william.jenkins10@nhs.netSurrey
Dr Libby Terrieux-TaylorF2alexandra.terrieux-taylor@nhs.netSurrey
Dr Bosun BuraimohF2Olatunbosun.buraimoh1@nhs.netSussex

Important information

**Highly important** Provisionally registered doctors (foundation year one/F1) must not undertake formal locum posts or activities.

Provisionally registered doctors can undertake occasional ad hoc additional/overtime shifts on their current FY1 placement or previous FY1 placements that have formed part of their F1 rotation, where such work is undertaken only within the limits of their current competence and with the support of their educational supervisor. When undertaking such occasional ad hoc additional/overtime work, provisionally registered doctors should be clear with other members of their team about their current experience and level of competence.

How to request discretionary study leave 

Please see below the steps for how Foundation Doctors can apply for Discretionary Study Leave.

  1. Foundation Doctor (FD) seeks support from Educational Supervisor and trust (local) Foundation Training Programme Director (FTPD).
  2. Local FTPD seeks approval from the area Foundation School Director (FSD)
  3. Local FSD replies to trust TPD, including study leave team.
  4. Local TPD can then reply to FD with outcome. 
  5. If approved, on the guidance from the study leave team FD completes study leave form on the study leave portal. 

We are not able to reply to direct emails about Study Leave, but if you have any questions please do contact the school on:

KSS Contact details have changed

Following the merger of HEE and NHS England, our contact email addresses have changed. Please see new emails below (emails sent previously to former email addresses will automatically be forwarded on):

For Foundation Year 1 queries please email

For Foundation Year 2 queries please email

For Foundation Recruitment queries please email

For any other queries please email

Team Assessment of Behaviour (TAB)

The recommended dates for TAB are detailed below but these dates are not mandatory. Additional information on the TAB process can be found on the Horus Website.

Placement 1

Opens: Friday 6th October 2023

Closes: Monday 4th December 2023

Placement 2

Opens: Friday 9th February 2024

Closes: Monday 1st April 2024

Placement 3

Opens: Friday 19th April 2024

Closes: Monday 20th May 2024

Useful Dates

PSA Sittings 2023/24

Please note the dates for all PSA sittings: 

12th March 2024 at 13.00
23rd April 2024 at 13.00

All F1 doctors that have not yet passed the PSA assessment will be automatically registered for the next sitting in March; further details to follow in January 2024.

Reminders and Guidance

F2 Responsible Officer Details

F2s are responsible for ensuring they are connected to the correct Responsible Officer. For doctors in training, this is your Postgraduate Dean. For more information please see:

TIS Checks

Please can we use this opportunity to remind Medical Education colleagues in Trusts to work with their Medical Staffing teams to regularly check Foundation Doctors’ posts on TIS, against internal records. Early recognition of any discrepancies can help us all to resolve issues quickly.

Also, if you have not already informed us of any F1s that have withdrawn from training, please do so, as we aren’t always made aware by trainees themselves.

F2- Higher training

For those in F2 wanting to move straight into higher training, the application windows for specialty training will soon be open and details of person specifications for application can be found on the specialty training website:

Foundation Doctors taking parental leave

Please can all foundation doctors who will be taking a period of Parental Leave complete the following training interruption form: and return to This is in addition to informing your employing trust.

Please also see NHS Employers’ Maternity guidance using the link below:

NHS Employers Maternity Guidance (rotational doctors and dentists)

Less Than Full Time (LTFT) Training for London and KSS

Please click the link below for guidance regarding Less Than Full Time (LTFT) training:

Foundation doctors in GP and psychiatry placements contributing to acute services

Please see below link for guidance regarding foundation doctors in community placements contributing to acute services:

NHS Employers’ guidance on induction for international medical graduates

Please find below link to guidance from NHS Employers:

Foundation Doctor Role and Responsibilities

Foundation Doctor Role and Responsibilities within the Local Education Provider and Minimum Requirements for Clinical Supervision of Foundation Doctors’ document.

UKFPO Bulletin

To read the latest UKFPO Bulletin, click here

Courses, Events, Careers, Research and Resources

The UKFPO are pleased to announce the National Foundation Doctors Presentation Day 2024.

When: Friday 19 January 2024

Where: Bristol

Target audience: All foundation doctors are warmly invited to a day of oral and poster presentations by F1 and F2 doctors. Judges to include representatives from the UKFP, GMC, MSC, BMA & more.

Please visit the UKFPO website for further details.

Access the point of care tool BMJ Best Practice for free.

BMJ Best Practice takes you quickly and accurately to the latest evidence-based information, whenever and wherever you need it.

Our step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and prevention is updated daily using robust evidence-based methodologies. 

This tool is freely available to all healthcare professionals who work for the NHS in England. You can register for free here

If your institution would like to receive further information on BMJ Best Practice, please contact Dr Kieran Walsh, Clinical Director at BMJ. Dr Walsh can deliver talks for Foundation Programme doctors at their training sessions or provide information on areas such as the local HEE/BMJ clinical champion scheme. Contact Dr Kieran Walsh at  

New video resource for foundation doctors

A new video for all foundation, foundation schools and trusts, helping them to understand more about the Foundation Programme Charter, has been shared.

Please click here to launch the Foundation Programme Charter video.

Further videos including Foundation Programme Review and Self Development time can also be found here.

NHS Induction Programme for International Medical Graduates – e-learning for health

The National Induction programme has been designed to ensure that all international medical graduates (IMGs) recruited to the NHS are welcomed, valued, and supported as they transition to UK clinical practice.

Please use the following link to access the programme: