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Posted November 30th 2022 (5 days ago)

Foundation School Bulletin

Winter School of Psychiatry for Foundation doctors - 25th Jan 2023 

Are you keen to learn more about a career in psychiatry? This free event will give you a valuable insight into the specialty, with a packed programme of tutorials and networking opportunities. Highlights include:

  • Top tips on the application process
  • Find out what life is like as a core trainee, higher trainee, and consultant
  • Meet current doctors in training and consultants from a range of sub-specialities

This one day event will be held virtually via Zoom. To book a place please email: bristolautumnschool@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is 11/01/2023. 

This event has been made possible by the kind support of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Severn Deanery.

National Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Poster Competition 2023

Present at the 10th anniversary conference of the Bristol Patient Safety Conference!

Deadline 3rd March 2023 - see competition details and online entry form here: http://www.bristolpatientsafety.com/poster-competition.html

There are up to 160 poster places at this online conference. Successful entries receive:

  • An invitation to give a live oral poster presentation* at a national conference on 17th May 2023.
  • A discounted delegate rate of £169 (no VAT). Co-authors will also qualify for the discounted rate.
  • A national poster competition presentation certificate with names of presenter(s) and authors
  • There will be a first prize and runner up for each themed poster group

* 2-minute oral presentation followed by judge-led Q&A

Who should apply?: Junior doctors, nurses, midwives, consultants, AHPs, GPs, physician associates, foundation doctors, medical students and those working in care settings among others

In addition, there is a free QI workshop from QIClearn aimed at F1/F2 doctors, to be held online on 1 February. Register on Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-set-up-a-good-quality-pdsa-cycle-february-2023-tickets-456956337707

eLearning for Healthcare Foundation Update

Welcome to your November 2022 update from the Foundation elearning programme. This month focuses on good communication.

From breaking bad news or supporting the bereavement process, to communicating issues such as treatment risks or organ donation to patients, communication skills are key to your success as a doctor. The following sessions aim to support you to sell your diagnosis, your treatment, and most of all yourself, to your patients.

The Foundation elearning programme has been developed specifically for Foundation doctors by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in partnership with Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh), and is approved by the UK Foundation Programme (UKFPO).


The sessions cover key areas in your curriculum on:  

FPC 1: Clinical Assessment
FPC 2: Clinical Prioritisation
FPC 3: Holistic Planning
FPC 4: Communication and Care
FPC 5: Continuity of Care
FPC 6: Sharing the Vision
FPC 8: Upholding Values
FPC 11: Ethics and Law

The Foundation programme has a range of other sessions that might help you. Please log in to the programme page to view more.

You can sign on to the elearning with your login supplied by elearning for healthcare at any time during your foundation training: https://www.elfh.org.uk/programmes/foundation-programme/

HORUS and TURAS have deep links to elearning for healthcare sessions from the Foundation Curriculum and are therefore accessible to all trainees, making it quicker and easier to access the appropriate session linked to the curriculum.


Posted October 10th 2022 (2 months ago)

South West Quality Improvement Update

We are excited to offer you our new and updated comprehensive webpages with QI resources for trainees and trainers, how to do guides, project ideas, QI support contacts and monthly blog from national QI experts.

Severn QI

Peninsula QI

To book onto our HEE SW QI Training Programme, please register via Max Course using your NHS email account.

If you have any questions, please email QI Enquiries.

Posted May 18th 2022 (7 months ago)

HEE Bursary Opportunities 2022

HEE South West are pleased to announce that the Bursary, PGCE, SAS Bursary, and HLA Funding schemes for 2022 are now open.


The Application window opened on Wednesday 18th May 2022 and will close on Sunday 12th June 2022. 


Application forms and guidance are available here during this period.



Posted May 24th 2021 (2 years ago)

HEE Bursary Opportunities 2021

HEE South West are pleased to announce that the Bursary and PGCE Funding scheme for 2021 is now open.


The Application window opened on Monday 24th May 2021 and will close on Sunday 13th June 2021. 


Application forms and guidance are available here during this period.

Posted July 23rd 2020 (2 years ago)

The GMC National Training Survey 2020- NOW OPEN

This year’s GMC National Training Survey is now LIVE!

It was launched on 22nd July 2020 and will close on 12th August 2020.

The aim of the survey is to gain an overview of the trainees and trainers experiences during COVID.

Please use the following links for updated survey guides for:

Doctors in Training 
Question Sets

All eligible doctors will be invited to take part in the survey via email.

If you have any questions regarding the survey please direct your queries to the SW Quality team at  quality.sw@hee.nhs.uk


The National Training Survey (NTS) is a core piece of work undertaken by the General Medical Council (GMC) each year to assess the quality of postgraduate medical education and training being provided across the United Kingdom (UK).  The NTS is distributed to all known postgraduate trainees within the UK who are actively in a training post on the census date.  From 2016 a Trainer Survey will run alongside the Trainee Survey.  Detailed information can be found on the GMC website.

The NTS for trainees includes a set of core questions which looks at trainees' perception of training providers compliance with the GMC standards.  In addition to the core questions, each of the Royal Colleges and Faculties have developed a set of specialty specific questions which survey the doctors perception of the quality of delivery of the relevant curricula.

Your survey responses will help us to quality manage the training programmes in the Peninsula by helping us develop an overall picture of postgraduate medical education and training.  The survey results are analysed and triangulated to:

  • provide feedback on each training programme, postgraduate school and local education providers (LEPs)
  • benchmark the training being provided against other postgraduate organisations nationally and other LEPs locally
  • aid in the identification of educational or patient safety concerns and the development of action plans for improvement
  • assist in identifying areas of good practice
  • ensure that the training programmes and LEPs are delivering training in accordance with local and nationally agreed frameworks
  • assist in the continual development of support for trainers

Previous GMC survey results can be accessed as follows:


Posted July 8th 2020 (2 years ago)

SAS Bursary

HEE South West are pleased to announce that the SAS Bursary scheme for July 2020 is now open.


The application window opened on Wednesday 8th July and will close on Friday 7th August 2020.


Application forms and guidance are available here during this period.

Posted June 11th 2020 (2 years ago)

HEE Bursary and PGCE Funding 2020

HEE South West are pleased to announce that the Bursary and PGCE Funding scheme for 2020 is now open.


The Application window opened on Wednesday 10th June and will close on Tuesday 7th July 2020. 


Application forms and guidance are available here during this period.

Posted June 9th 2020 (2 years ago)

HLA MA ILM5 Certificate 2020


HEE-SW in collaboration with the Health and Leadership Academy HLA


HEE South West is delighted to announce the opportunity to offer five sponsored spaces on the HLA MA ILM5 Certificate in Leadership and Management course commencing September 2020.

This is a fully online programme that can be completed self-paced. It is designed for trainees interested in leadership that leads to an ILM Level 5 qualification; with the option of gaining Membership of the Institute of Leadership and Management (MInstLM).

The HLA Application window will open on Tuesday 9th June 2020 and will close on Friday 3rd July 2020. 

Application forms and guidance will be available here during this period.

Posted April 3rd 2020 (3 years ago)

Bursary Update

Due to the current COVID-19 situation our bursary funding for 2020/2021 is being reviewed monthly.

This includes; our PgCert Ed and SAS bursaries. Further updates and information will be posted when available.

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