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New editions of FP documents to be used from August 2010

Published: 14/04/2010

The Foundation Programme Curriculum and the Foundation Programme Reference Guide (formerly known as the Operational Framework), were published on the UKFPO website today. These documents will come into effect from August 2010 and will be used by those doctors entering their F1 year at that time.

Both originally published in 2005, these documents have been updated following feedback from PMETB/COPMED surveys, the Tooke Report and widespread consultation with a broad range of stakeholders. The Reference Guide has been approved by the four UK health departments and GMC and PMETB have approved the Curriculum.

The Foundation Programme Curriculum outlines the areas in which foundation doctors must demonstrate their competency. These include communication and consultation skills, patient safety and teamwork as well as the more traditional elements of medical training. The Curriculum’s companion document, the Reference Guide, was developed to support the implementation and delivery of Foundation Programme training.

Key features of the 2010 Foundation Programme Curriculum:

  • structural changes including a revised layout bringing the syllabus, competences and accompanying assessments to the forefront in order to facilitate easier navigation for trainees and trainers;
  • clarified and simplified assessment methodology directly linked to each competence and the introduction of a log book to record competence in procedural skills for F1 doctors; and
  • the inclusion of a new professionalism section which underpins all medical practice, bringing together attitudes and behaviours from the previous Curriculum, more prominence to the recognition and management of the acutely ill patient and a specific section bringing together discharge planning and chronic disease management. 

Key features of the 2010 Reference Guide:

  • a simplified and updated structure aligning it closer to the Foundation Programme’s guiding principles;
  • clarity on the structures, roles and responsibilities of foundation schools;
  • foundation doctor responsibilities and inappropriate tasks;
  • career management principles for foundation doctors and support for doctors in difficulty; and
  • a detailed section covering deanery/foundation school quality management and local quality control information.

Download the 2010 Foundation Programme Curriculum

Download the 2010 Foundation Programme Reference Guide

Download a short description of the key changes in both documents

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