Posted January 8th 2020 (6 months ago)

Foundation School Bulletin

Foundation School Bulletin

Getting Psyched Up - Exploring Psychiatry as a career

Wading through the foundation training scheme wondering what might be on the other side? Wondering what it would look like if it included psychiatry?
Then look no further – this free evening conference will provide foundation trainee doctors with information on what psychiatry is really like as a speciality, its various subspecialities, and how to get into it.

Get a chance to contribute or observe interactions with professional actors depicting patients with psychiatric conditions, with live feedback from trained facilitators providing techniques in these interactions that are transferable to everyday clinical practice.
Watch doctors battle it out in a fiery debate on the use of references to mental illness in the recent Hollywood Blockbuster The Joker -gratuitous, or necessary? Acceptable for art, or socially damaging?

Enjoy a delicious hot meal in the mezzanine area whilst you browse the lively array of Maudsley related groups on offer from the Psychling Club and choir, to Gaming the Mind and Virtual Reality opportunities.
Conveniently located by the Denmark Hill Station, experience the innovative building at the heart of one of the most esteemed psychiatric training schemes – the Ortus.

Course overview

This course will be covering

  •  what a career in psychiatry entails
  • what the career pathway into psychiatry would involve for foundation trainees
  • an overview of the different specialties within psychiatry

At intervals, there will be the opportunity for participants to break away into a small group in which they can contribute to and/or observe the interview of professional actors depicting patients with a mental health condition. Live feedback will be given by trained facilitators on methods that are helpful in these interactions, which can be transferred to daily clinical practice.

The evening will also involve a debate, with psychiatric doctors acting as speakers, on a contemporary topical issue relevant to mental health, such as the impact of the association of the Joker with psychiatric illness in the latest blockbuster movie of that name.
There will, additionally, be an opportunity to network with like minded individuals and to interact with people involved in various activities pertinent to psychiatric trainees, such as the Film Club associated with the Maudsley.

When? 23rd January

Price? Free for Foundation Doctors

Where? Ortus Events & Conference Centre 82 – 96 Grove Lane. London SE5 8SN


For more information and to book please follow this link: 

Foundation e-learning Programme Update 

Welcome to your December 2019 update about the Foundation e-learning programme that 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 Foundation e-learning programme - Professional Capability: 20 Contributes to quality improvement; the e-learning sessions look at audit and evidence-based practice. It outlines the study designs used in medical practice. You are provided with a guide to developing a structured research strategy which will help you find journal articles relevant to your clinical questions. How to evaluate a journal article is discussed using a linked example paper from the British Journal of Anaesthesia.

• Audit
• Evidence Based Medicine in Clinical Practice
• Common Study Designs in Clinical Research
• Explaining Evidence/Guidelines/Protocols to Patients
• Guidelines in Clinical Practice
• Searching the Literature and Locating Papers
• How to Review a Paper.

You can sign in to the e-learning here with your login supplied by e-LfH at the beginning of your foundation training:


Clinical Teaching Fellow Jobs

Please see below 2 adverts for Clinical Teaching Fellow Jobs in Swindon for those interested in these roles after Foundation Training

Clinical teaching Fellows - Office Based -

Clinical Teaching Fellows - Ward Based Educational Guardians -


Discover GP Conference

The Discover GP conferences 2020 are specifically tailored for foundation doctors and medical students to showcase the exciting, dynamic and rewarding career that is general practice. 

 The conference series will explore the role of GPs as change makers in the 21st century through four key themes which are particularly pertinent to the world of general practice as it stands in 2020:

  1. Social and health inequalities
  2. Climate change and the environment
  3. Social prescribing and alternate modes of care
  4. Technology and the future of general practice

Join us in Bristol where we will focus on climate change and the environment through a varied programme of interactive skill-based sessions including consultation skills, practical guidance on career pathways and available opportunities, and interact with several high-profile GP's on topics spanning social prescribing, research in general practice, and the exciting opportunities in partnership. Meet GP trainees and newly-qualified GP's showcasing a wide variety of career possibilities and get direct insight into your next steps as a foundation doctor or medical student. You will come away inspired and empowered to make change.

Click here for more details 

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