October 2023

We hope that all our F1 and F2 doctors are settling in to their new posts well. Please see below for KSS October bulletin.

New Updates

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 – National Education and Training Survey 2023.

NEW: 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 this MS form by 5pm on Monday 20th November 2023.

Further details can be found on the RCPH website.

NEW: How to get into Core Surgical Training 2023 – 22nd October 2023

Want to rank in the top 1% nationally at CST?

We provide you with the knowledge, skills and resources to put you ahead of other candidates!

Book now at  https://www.acemedicine.org/book-online

NEW: Careers in Academia Webinar

Contemporary Medicine is a research-driven and evolving science. Hence academia plays a vital role not only in patient care but also in education and training. In this virtual career event, you will have an opportunity to learn the career path and developments of current doctors in academic training in the UK and beyond. An interactive panel discussion will be led by the Associate Dean (Academic Training Pathways) NIHR Academy. The Programme will be delivered as below:

Venue: Live virtual

Date: 24th October 2023 Tuesday

Time: 19.00-20.30 UK Time

 19.00-19.05: Welcome by Moe Oo Foundation Programme Director – Careers

19.05-19.20: A journey: from Academic (specialised) FY to ACF by Amanda Leow, University of Leeds

19.20-19.35: Diary of an academic trainee by Lauren Quinn, University of Birmingham

19.35-19:40: Comfort Break

19.40-19.55: My research training in Stanford by Vijaytha Muralidharan, University of Stanford

19.55-20.10: International Medical Graduate and Academia by Mya Lelt Win, University of Dundee

20.10-20.30: Panel Discussion and Final Message by Lorraine Harper, Associate Dean NIHR Academy



**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 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 england.kssfoundationenquiries.se@nhs.net.

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 the former email addresses will automatically be forwarded on):

For Foundation Year 1 queries please email england.kssfoundationyear1.se@nhs.net

For Foundation Year 2 queries please email england.kssfoundationyear2.se@nhs.net

For Foundation Recruitment queries please email england.kssfoundationrecruitment.se@nhs.net

For any other queries please email england.kssfoundationenquiries.se@nhs.net

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 Drs in training, this is your Postgraduate Dean. For more information please see: https://kss.hee.nhs.uk/kss-foundation/current-doctors-in-training/gmc-full-registration/ .

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 at https://specialtytraining.hee.nhs.uk/Recruitment/Person-specifications

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 https://kss.hee.nhs.uk/kss-foundation/useful-links-and-documents/ and return it to england.kssfoundationenquiries.se@nhs.net. 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: https://kss.hee.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2023/09/KSSFS-Foundation-doctors-in-GP-and-psychiatry-placements-contributing-to-acute-services_2.pdf

NHS Employers’ guidance on induction for international medical graduates

Please find below link to guidance from NHS Employers:

Welcoming and valuing international medical graduates – a guide to induction

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 and Research

Burnout workshops from the PSU

A series of three new half-day, virtual PSU workshops for trainees interested in learning about burnout and how to prevent it. 

The strategies covered will focus on Cognitive Behavioural approaches to preventing burnout. You can attend all three workshops or any one as a standalone. Spaces are limited.

Workshop 1 – Understanding Burnout and how to avoid it (Thursday 19th October 9:00-12:30 )

Workshop 2 – The Role of Negative thinking and Emotions in Burnout (Friday 10th November 9:00-12:30)

Workshop 3 – Understanding Perfectionism and Burnout (Thursday 30th November 9:00-12:30)

Registration for each is via the PSU website: https://london.hee.nhs.uk/professional-development/courses-groups-and-workshops

TAB & PSG webinar

The UKFPO welcome all foundation doctors and trainers to their second webinar of the training year, which will be focused around what each of these tools are, how TAB and PSG differ and hints and tips for how to interact with the tools.

When: Friday 20 October 2023, 14:00-15:00 (BST)  

Where: Virtual via Microsoft Teams. You do not need to pre-register, click here to join the webinar at 14:00. The webinar will be recorded.

Target Audience: Foundation doctors and Foundation trainers  

Webinar panel: Dr Anthony Choules, UKFPO Education and Support Advisor; Dr Fiona Cameron, UKFP Assessment Lead and FSD Scotland; Dr Aysha Nijamudeen, UKFPO Fellow and F2 doctor

Email educationandsupport@foundationprogramme.nhs.uk  with any queries.

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

Recruiting SFP doctors as interviewers

SFP Unlocked, a group of SFP doctors in the North East,are running national SFP interview practice sessions for final year medical students applying to SFP.

We are currently recruiting SFP doctors as interviewers for these virtual sessions on the 4th and 5th of November.

The sessions are designed and led by SFP doctors to support medical students from all backgrounds in accessing the SFP.

These interview practice sessions will be held for final year students with an interview for SFP this year, and delivered by current SFP foundation doctors who undertook an interview as part of their application process.

The number of students who will benefit from this scheme is dependent on the number of volunteer interviewers we recruit. If you would like to support students in accessing the SFP, for more details and to sign up as an interviewer please follow the link below:

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 kmwalsh@bmj.com.  

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: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/nhs-induction-programme-for-international-medical-graduates/.

Considering IMT applications this year?

Current doctors in training have put together an Application Form Workshop. It’s free, virtual and on the morning of Sat 28th October. It covers the application process this year with lots of IMTs volunteering their time and tips about how to maximise your chances. To book your free space use the link below or see the attached poster.

Click here to register for free! A flyer is available here.