Starting at STFS

WELCOME TO SOUTH THAMES FOUNDATION SCHOOL

April 2017

Congratulations on your success in your application to STFS.

We are expecting you to start your foundation training programme in your allocated trust by no later than 28 July 2016. (Details of shadowing arrangements/start dates for all STFS affiliated trusts are available at www.stfs.org.uk/doctor/shadowing)

IMPORTANT ACTION TO TAKE BEFORE COMMENCING F1

1. STFS Registration Form – please complete by Monday 30 May
2. Obtain a professional e-mail account
3. Foundation ePortfolio – please access by Monday 25 July
4. Health Issues
5. Safe prescribing 
6. Resources to make use of before commencing F1
7. On-going communication
8. STFS and its staff

1. STFS Registration Form

All incoming foundation doctors must complete an on-line STFS registration.  This form has been sent to you by email with a link to surveymonkey. Please complete and return by 1 May 2017. 

2. Obtain a professional e-mail account

It is your responsibility to ensure that you maintain a functional e-mail account which receives communications from STFS including attachments. When obtaining an account, please ensure that you use a professional email address i.e. do not use nicknames etc. STFS retains the right to decline the use of any email address which it deems inappropriate. It is also important for you to have separate social and professional e-mails and identity - e.g. if you use Facebook ensure that you link it to an e-mail address to which patients do not have access.

3. Foundation ePortfolio

In August 2017 HEE will be launching a new ePortfolio for Foundation trainees. More information regarding this can be found here: www.nwpgmd.nhs.uk/horus-eportfolio-foundation-training-england 

4. Health Issues

Please note: If you have a blood-borne virus and have not already done so, please contact  Stuart Morris (Stuart.Morris@hee.nhs.uk), 0207 125 7187) as soon as possible in order to arrange a confidential discussion with one of the Foundation School Directors as your programme may need to be adjusted.
(STFS Blood-Borne Virus policy is available at www.stfs.org.uk/doctor/blood-borne-viruses.)

Please note: In order to support our Transfer of Information process, a separate confidential communication will be sent to the FTPD at your employing Trust to flag up any of the following issues we are aware of:
• Offered Language and Communication Resource Unit (LaCRU) training
• Undertaken the national clinical assessment exam
• Declared a disability
• Declared a blood-borne virus (BBV)
• Declared a criminal conviction
• Declared a fitness to practice issue with the GMC
• Approved ‘special circumstances’ from medical school

5. Prescribing Safety assessment

From August 2016 it is envisaged that all new foundation doctors will need to take the PSA before they start their F1 programmes. UK medical students will be able to sit the PSA at their medical schools. A sitting of the PSA will also be offered on 22nd July for those who have not previously sat the PSA, for example doctors coming from overseas, or who have not yet passed it. For further information please refer to our website www.stfs.org.uk/safe-prescribing-information-medical-students

6. Resources to make use of before commencing F1

STFS Website
www.stfs.org.uk
The STFS website provides all the information you may require to complete the foundation programme successfully, including STFS policies and procedures.  We would strongly encourage you to check the page summarising changes/updates made to the site on a weekly basis (available via the STFS home page).

Dr Toolbox
www.stfs.org.uk/dr-toolbox and http://www.dr-toolbox.com
Dr Toolbox is a website set up and run by junior doctors that provides up-to-date local trust/departmental information relevant to other junior doctors. The site has been created to help doctors retain local hospital knowledge and pass it on to their successors, so that they can hit the ground running, and so should be especially useful to you during your induction/shadowing period and when you rotate between posts in December and April.  STFS will arrange for you to receive access to your F1 trust Dr Toolbox page and you will receive an e-mail in early July confirming your username and password.  

UK Foundation Programme website
www.foundationprogramme.nhs.uk
This provides official information for medical students, foundation doctors, foundation schools, deanery staff and anyone involved in recruiting or training foundation doctors.  The following documents can also be found there. See: www.foundationprogramme.nhs.uk/pages/home/key-documents:

Foundation Programme Curriculum
We would strongly encourage you to download a copy and read it carefully.

Reference Guide
This guide has been developed to support the implementation and delivery of foundation training and provides details of national procedures that foundation schools will follow.

Foundation Programme Curriculum Resource
This resource aims to assist you in improving your knowledge and understanding of the topics set out in the FP Curriculum 2012. It lists many of the freely available evidence-based resources which will help to consolidate and develop the knowledge and skills to deliver safe and effective patient care.

NHS Careers - Junior Doctor Induction Pack
NHS Careers will be issuing its induction pack again this year for the latest group of F1 doctors. This will only be available on-line as a PDF in a printer friendly version and an electronic copy will be emailed to you before you start your F1 programme. STFS will also circulate the link to all trainees when it is available.               

7. On-going communication

STFS trainee bulletins
STFS produces regular electronic bulletins on a regular basis in order to keep you up-to-date with key dates/deadlines, events and issues relating to your postgraduate medical education and these will be emailed to your professional e-mail address. Copies of previous bulletins are available at
www.stfs.org.uk/doctor/e-updatesbulletins

8. STFS and its staff

Detailed information about STFS and its staff is available at www.stfs.org.uk/about-us and www.stfs.org.uk/whos-who-stfs.  If you have any queries or would like to contact us please e-mail fpenquiries.lase@hee.nhs.uk


Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the South Thames Foundation School and wish you every success with your training over the next two years.

Best wishes,

Prof. Jan Welch - Director (London Bridge office)
Dr Mark Cottee - Associate Director (Tooting office)