Posted November 18th 2020 (3 months ago)

Foundation School Bulletin

TAB (Team Assessment of Behaviour)

If you have not done so already, please ensure you start your TAB as soon as possible – you should have submitted your self-assessment in October.

Please note the following:

  • Only 1 TAB can be 'open' per foundation doctor at any one time
  • TAB must be started by the foundation doctor
  • The foundation doctor must complete their self-TAB before they can start the feedback process
  • Once the foundation doctor has completed and submitted their self-TAB, they will have 45 days to gather responses.
  • A minimum of 10 completed TAB forms are essential for a valid assessment.

Comprehensive information about the TAB process can be found on the Horus support site:

National Education and Training Survey (NETS) - Now Open, will close 30th November

About the NETS

At Health Education England (HEE), our job is to support you to learn to deliver excellent care to patients by ensuring that you are supported to work in a safe clinical environment. We do this by working with employers, the GMC and health and care providers to ensure that key requirements, such as good induction programmes, clinical supervision and access to learning opportunities, are in place and available to all trainees.

The NETS is the only national survey open to all health and care trainees and students across all clinical learning environments. As you will know, the full GMC National Training Survey did not run this year due to the covid-19 pandemic, so NETS provides an opportunity for us to gather some information about your experiences in training.

You understand your learning environment better than anyone else.

You know the clinical learning environment in which you work and train better than anyone else and your feedback is important in identifying when things are working well and when they could be better. The NETS is an opportunity to say what you think about the quality of your clinical learning environment, including areas of good practice.

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, you may be undertaking a clinical placement or rotation during a pandemic surge.  It is important that we understand the impact of the pandemic on your education and training to identify how we can support all students and trainees during this challenging time and beyond. Your feedback is vital in understanding the standards of care provided to patients.

The survey takes just 10 minutes and your experiences will help to make real changes to improve the student experience.

If you have not received an invite to complete the survey, please email so that you can receive a personalised link to a version of the survey that has been prepopulated with your training programme information.

For more information as well as help with specific queries, please see our website and FAQs -

Your Voice, Your Survey, Improving your training

New relocation and travel framework

Dear Trainee,

From 1 November 2020, the new arrangements for the payment of relocation and excess mileage expenses came into effect for doctors and dentists in training, and public health trainees. These have been developed through close coordination with the BMA and following discussion with the RJDC in Peninsula and Severn and apply to all trainees across the South West from the 1st November 2020.

This new framework includes several significant improvements on the previous guidance which include:

  • Increase in the overall individual maximum allowance from £8,000 to £10,000
  • Removal of the ‘cap’ placed on expenses eligible to be claimed by Foundation Trainees
  • Inclusion of IDT trainee’s eligibility to claim relocation expenses
  • The amendment of the relocation requirement to 30 miles or 1 hour’s journey time
  • Increase in ‘temporary accommodation’ allowance based on regional property costs
  • Reduction in the “reasonable commuting” mileage to 17 miles each way before trainees can claim excess mileage
  • No longer required to be a homeowner to be eligible for excess mileage
  • Reimbursement of excess mileage rates for bicycle and public transport use
  • Reimbursement of redirection of mail costs
  • Opportunity to seek reimbursement for rental agency fees/unavoidable double rent costs
  • Inclusion of tolls/ferry costs for trainees commuting under the Regional Flexibilities Framework

The policy outlining relocation and excess milage claims can be found on the Deanery website along with guidance on submitting claims. Expense application forms for some trusts in the region are available on the deanery website, and those currently missing will be uploaded in the coming days.

Claims for relocation or excess mileage expenses are coordinated by employing trusts; please address any questions you may have about the policy to your trust HR team.

For more information on the new arrangements, please visit

Anaesthetic Core Training Course

The coronavirus pandemic has led to significant changes in recruitment for core training in anaesthetics / ACCS. Interviews will be held online for the first time via Microsoft Teams. We are reflecting this by holding our traditional live courses via an online webinar. This has the added safety advantage of junior doctors being able to attend from the comfort of their own homes/hospitals rather than needing to travel across the UK.

Around the UK, junior doctors will undergo a competitive recruitment process for a limited number of UK Core Training posts in Anaesthetics / ACCS (commencing August 2021). For the first time this year, applicants will sit the MSRA (Multi-Specialty Recruitment Assessment) exam. The best performing candidates only will subsequently be invited to interview with the Royal College of Anaesthetists. This is usually the first postgraduate job interview in a junior doctor's career, and can be a daunting experience without the proper preparation.

The course on December 12th will most likely be of relevance to current foundation doctors (particularly FY2s), but may also be of interest to more senior trainees or fellows who are thinking of a change of career path.

Our main course offers everything you need to help you succeed in the national Anaesthetic Interview. We also take you through the MSRA with techniques and tips to excel.

A detailed, structured, step-by-step approach to scoring highly in both the MSRA and the Anaesthetic Interview, plus your own copy of the updated 2020 Course Handbook

A place on the course can be booked, and further details found at

Please note that this is not eligible for Study Leave Funding

Specialty Recruitment Webinar

Dear Trainees, Please see below a link to the FDAB Specialty Recruitment Webinar

Obs and Gynae webinar

Dear Trainees, please see below an Obs and Gynae Webinar -  This one is about pre-eclampsia to be held on Saturday 21st November at 16:00

Online Careers Development for Junior Doctors

Dear F1/F2's,

We have set up a local steering group looking to bring you a series of Careers Development Sessions. Our initial focus will be on post-FY2 training programmes. These sessions will take place at 6:30 pm via zoom on the following dates

Date Topic Speaker Zoom Details

18/11/2020 Radiology Sophie Watson Meeting ID: 870 0156 5630 Password: careers

19/11/2020 General Practice Katey Warren Meeting ID: 712 5811 7171 Password: careers

24/11/2020 Time out of Training Pedram Modarres TBC

Each session is 20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions. Feedback forms will be available on Survey Monkey immediately after the session.

We hope to see you all there!

Kind regards, Pedram, Courteney & Pip (IMT2, Acute Med ST4 & IMT 2 at North Bristol Trust)