Posted September 1st 2021 (16 days ago)

Foundation School Bulletin

Orthopaedic Skills Study Day

Date: 1st November 2021, 09.00-16.00
Venue: Taunton Racecourse TA3 7BL
Cost : £100

Due to the changing guidance on COVID, there is a possibility that the course can be cancelled at short notice. We hope for this to not happen but would like to caution all candidates of this in advance. If you have developed a new cough, fever or symptoms consistent with coronavirus you must not attend the course. Please inform the course organizers and they will ensure that you will be given first refusal for the next course.

Candidates will be divided into 3 groups. The morning lecture will aim to give a theoretical guide and an introduction to all of the topics being covered for the duration of the course. Faculty will be divided amongst the 3 stations. There will be a good ratio of faculty to delegates in all stations. Surgical scrubs will be provided for the plastering station with changing facilities. Food will be provided for lunch, please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements.

There will also be opportunities to practice knee aspiration during the coffee and lunch breaks.

Trauma Scenario

The aim of this station is to recreate a common scenario or theme and put candidates through their paces. A debrief will accompany the end of the station along with key take home points. A brief summary of topics is listed below.

ATLS algorithm
Team Roles
Pelvic Binders
Secondary survey and temporary stabilisation
Open fractures

Principles of Plastering 

Station will consist of X-ray interpretation, fracture identification, reduction techniques and plaster application. A brief summary of topics is listed below.

Ankle fractures – Basic patterns and initial management
Wrist fracture –Basic patterns and initial management
Types of plaster/splint/sling to know
Principles of fracture manipulation.

Surgical Skills

Station will consistent of the 2 skills stations. The candidates will rotate and practice understanding principles and applying the skills as discussed. Brief summary of topics covered are listed below.

Sawbone workshop – Insertion of lag screw, application of compression plate

We look forward to hosting you on 1st November. To book and if you have any queries please email Sam on

RCPsych Foundation Conference

Preparations are underway for our next RCpsych Foundation Trainee Conference to be held on 21 September 2021, 09:00-12:30 via Zoom.

Following on from four hugely successful events, we will be back virtually exploring routes into psychiatry

Sessions and workshops include:
• Making the most of your foundation training
• F3 years and more
• Specialty elevator pitches and Q&A
• The impact of Covid-19 on foundation training
• RCPsych and Sustainability

Whether you’re committed to a career in psychiatry or are still on the fence, this event will help delegates to explore the many options available throughout foundation training and before entering specialty training.

Booking will open shortly on the College website, to receive a notification when bookings open, please email us at

Geriatrics for Juniors 2021

Saturday 13th November 2021

G4J is a one-day online conference, designed for Foundation Doctors, Core Medical and GP Trainees, and Specialist Nurse Practitioners. It aims to deliver relevant and useful clinical updates in all the main sub-specialties of Geriatric Medicine, in order to improve the standard of care for older patients.

Whether you're a budding Geriatrician, already work in the field, or have other career aspirations but just want to improve your clinical knowledge and skills related to older patients, G4J has something to offer you!

What the day will include:

  • A full day of relevant and interesting educational sessions related to Geriatric Medicine
  • Practical and useful updates for your day-to-day practice on the hospital medical wards
  • A certificate of attendance for your e-portfolio
  • Opportunity to submit a poster

Cost: £27.50

The link for further information and to register can be found here