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New Foundation Programme Curriculum

Published: 23/07/2007

The new edition of the Foundation Programme Curriculum is now available.

In April 2005, the introduction of the Foundation Programme was announced. This groundbreaking change in postgraduate medical training ensured that all medical school graduates undertake a two-year supervised educational programme in a range of training placements in hospital and primary care settings. Underpinning this programme was the first curriculum of its kind in the world: the Foundation Programme Curriculum.

The first full cohort of foundation doctors are now close to completing their F2 year. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and the four UK health departments have been working hard and consulting widely to ensure that the new edition of the curriculum builds on the previous version by reflecting the suggestions that trainees and trainers have made over the past two years, as well as the revisions in the GMC’s The New Doctor 2007.

Dr Ed Neville, the Chair of the AoMRC Foundation Programme Committee and primary author said:

"The basic principles of the curriculum remain. We want to ensure that all doctors going through the programme are competent in a range of professional and clinical areas. This new edition also reflects the revisions in the GMC’s The New Doctor 2007."

The main changes from the last edition include:

  • Aligning the knowledge and attitudes/behaviours with each core competence
  • Rewriting the introduction to reflect two years of experience
  • Adding a new section on quality assurance
  • Adding more emphasis on reflective learning
  • Better mapping from the curriculum to the Foundation Learning Portfolio
  • Web-based format with easy links both within and outside the curriculum

"This is very much a ‘curriculum for patient safety’, ensuring that at the end of their two years of training doctors are both confident and competent. We will continue to adjust and improve the curriculum to ensure it reflects the changing needs of patients, doctors and the health service."

This new curriculum will be used by trainees and trainers from August 2007.

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