The FP Curriculum 2012 came into effect from July 2012. It is not due for another review until 2014/2015.
FP Curriculum 2012
The information below provides an overview of the 2012 Curriculum assessments and the structure of foundation training as per the Reference Guide 2012 (including the new ARCP sign-off process). The tools used to evidence assessment and other achievements are recorded in the e-portfolio.
Review of the Curriculum for 2014
The Foundation Programme Committee has proposed some minor modifications to the Curriculum 2012, for implementation in August 2014. For an overview of these changes please download the document below.
Proposed minor modifications to the FP Curriculum 2012 (for implementation August 2014)
Please note that a full review of the Curriculum is not scheduled until 2016, but foundation schools will have the opportunity to make minor recommendations for changes to the Curriculum for 2015.
FP Curriculum 2012 Resource
This additional resource aims to assist foundation doctors, clinical supervisors, educational supervisors and other key members involved in delivering foundation training, in improving their knowledge and understanding of the generic and clinical topics as set out in the Foundation Programme Curriculum 2012; it is important to note however that this resource does not provide additional information underpinning every element of becoming a successful doctor.
Training descriptor and Curriculum matrix
This document builds on last year's training descriptions and has been designed to provide an indication as to what extent the Foundation Programme Curriculum 2012 syllabus areas may be met during a specific placement.
As per the Reference Guide 2012, foundation training and progress should be monitored by participation in the following meetings.
SLES and Assessments
To access a form, please click on the relevant heading.
Recommended Number of SLEs
|Supervised learning event||Recommended minimum number*|
Direct observation of doctor/patient interaction:
3 or more per placement*
(minimum of nine observations;
at least six must be mini-CEX)
|Case-based discussion (CDB)||
2 or more per placement*
|Developing the clinical teacher||1or more per year|
*based on a clinical placement of four month duration
Frequency of assessments
|Core procedures||Throughout F1|
|Once in first placement in both F1 and F2, optional repetition|
|Clinical supervisor end of placement report||Once per placement|
|Educational supervisor end of placement report||Once per placement|
|Educational supervisor's end of year report||Once per year|
Foundation Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP)
Use the check list below to ensure you are meeting the very minimum requirements as you progress through each placement and prepare for your ACTP evidence review.
Guide to the 2012/2013 Foundation ARCP process
The FP Curriculum Delivery Group are delighted to issue ARCP guidance to support implementation and delivery of ARCP in 2013. The guide offers an overview of the foundation ARCP process and includes case studies from colleagues with ARCP experience. The guide is based on the FP Reference Guide 2012 (of which sections 10 and 11 of the Ref Guide provide complete ARCP detail) and offers useful tips on how to meet many of the Reference Guide recommendations. The main/target audience is that of the educational faculty (including foundation schools, colleagues within the Trusts/LEPs etc) however foundation doctors alike may also find this useful.
The below list of resources are sample ARCP documents to be hosted within the e-portfolio product. They can be found both in a collated document (ARCP forms for training) and as individual forms. For information, an overview of ARCP and how the e-portfolio products have been asked to support the process is also provided. Please note that as these forms are provided in paper format, much of the pre-populated for information and electronic functionality is not correctly displayed (e.g. drop-down boxes etc.).