Medical Women's Federation (MWF) Centenary celebrations 9th - 13th May 2017 - information attached

  • The Medical Women's Federation was founded in 1917 and is today the largest and most influential body of women doctors in the UK. Our aims are to advance the personal and professional development of women in medicine, to change discriminatory attitudes and practices and to work on behalf of women patients and their families. Membership for foundation doctors is only £30 per annum.
  • MWF Centenary Celebrations 9th-May 13th 2017: Our Centenary Celebrations, '100 Years of Medical Women: T

Principles of Casting for Orthopaedic Surgeons - Course on 22nd July 2017

Dear all,

We would like to invite you to attend a unique course at Kingston Hospital on Saturday 22nd of July 2017. "Principles of Casting for Orthopaedic Surgeons" will cover all basic principles of cast application and hands-on workshops.

RE: Horus ePortfolio / April 2017 / Archive data arrangements and update for foundation doctors

Dear Foundation Doctors,

Please find below, updates regarding Horus e-Portfolio. 

1. Horus ePortfolio update for foundation doctors – April 2017 (download)

2. HEE FP e-portfolio – Archiving of data – August 2017 (download

Med Student & FY Dr Membership Category Focus Group - Invitation

Med Student & FY Dr Membership Category Focus Group - Invitation

Good afternoon,

 As part of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) five year strategy, we are improving the way we interact with members and stakeholders in our commitment to develop and support our specialty. As part of this, we will be implementing a new membership category solely for medical students and foundation year doctors to offer a range of support programmes and an introduction to the speciality of anaesthesia.

East Kent Hospitals Trust - Canterbury Hospital Update

Many of you will have heard that medical training posts are being removed from Canterbury, and these will include some foundation doctors.  Plans are currently being drawn up to reconfigure the training programmes for foundation doctors locally, in consultation with current trainees.  The aim is to ensure that the resulting programmes are balanced, meet all curricular needs and are well supported.

Further information will be available in April

 

HEE welcomes views on your experience with our training and recruitment websites

Here at Health Education England, we're trying to gain insights from our website users about what you experience when using any of our websites, with a special focus on those websites around training and recruitment. To help us with that, we would be grateful if you could complete our ten-minute survey.

We understand that your experience of our websites is varied and we are actively working on bringing about change that makes it easier for you to access the information you need and to complete tasks as efficiently as possible.

Safe Prescribing - Information for Foundation Faculty

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Assessing prescribing skills on induction for foundation doctors 2015452.08 KB
SCRIPT implementation guide 20151.28 MB
STFS SCRIPT User Guide 2015886.32 KB
SCRIPT V3 Admin Access for Managers v1 2015383.13 KB
List of Modules41.78 KB
SCRIPT Implementation Second Year Update1.17 MB

Safe Prescribing - Information for Trusts

Foundation Doctor Prescribing Assessment

Over the past few years many NHS trusts have introduced prescribing assessments for trainee doctors, partly because of concerns raised by several studies, including the EQUIP study1 which found a 9% error rate in 125,000 prescriptions written by foundation trainees. Additionally, organisations such as the Care Quality Commission2 set requirements so that trusts could be assured that staff handling medicines had the competency and skills needed to do so safely.

The Prescribing Safety Assessment

From 2016 all Foundation Doctors are required to pass the Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA) by the end of their first year of training. Trainees who successfully completed it at medical school will not be required to repeat it (unless it was passed more that 2 years before the start of foundation training).

Trainees who have passed the PSA will still be required to undertake a practical prescribing assessment on induction, as this tests the application of prescribing using local drug charts and prescribing systems.

Information on the PSA in foundation can be found on the UKFPO website.

More information on the practical prescribing assessment can be found on the information for trainees page.

Standard Computerised Revalidation Instrument for Prescribing and Therapeutics (SCRIPT)

SCRIPT is an innovative e-Learning programme that provides trainees with a series of modules to explore prescribing and therapeutics. SCRIPT is an easily accessible web based programme comprising 41 modules, divided into 7 units covering competencies defined by the GMC and those required within the Foundation curriculum. The modules contain interactive videos, graphics and exercises. Each module is expected to take 30-90 minutes to complete.

The SCRIPT implementation guide for 2015, STFS SCRIPT User Guide 2015 and SCRIPT V3 Admin Access for Managers v1 2015 can be downloaded from the right hand side of the page.

Trusts are required to decide which modules to mandate for trainees in both year one and year two of the foundation programme. To help trusts they should refer to the SCRIPT Implementation Second Year Update v2 available on the right hand side of the page.

A SCRIPT list of modules 2015 is also available for use by administrators and trainees.

References

  1. Dornan et al. 2009. An in depth investigation into causes of prescribing errors by foundation trainees in relation to their medical education. EQUIP study. Available online at www.gmc-uk.org 
  2. Care Quality Comission Essential standards of quality and safety Outcome 9B Management of Medicines http://www.cqc.org.uk/sites/default/files/media/documents/essential_standards_of_quality_and_safety_march_2010_final_0.pdf

Safe Prescribing - Information for Foundation Doctors

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Prescribing Assessment 2016 Trust Plans.pdf190.45 KB
STFS SCRIPT User Guide 2016.pdf316.79 KB
BNF Familiarisation Questions 2016.pdf169.5 KB
OpenAthens information - KSS.pdf426.1 KB
OpenAthens information - South London.pdf437.76 KB

Introduction

Prescribing is one of the most common medical interventions with 500, 000 prescriptions being prescribed in UK hospitals every day, many of which are by foundation year 1 doctors. However it is widely recognised that prescribing errors are commonly made, particularly by new medical graduates. The incidence of this is reported in the EQUIP study which found that of 50,016 orders written by this group of trainees, there was an error rate of 8.4%, with 5.25% being classed as serious and 1.89% as potentially lethal. The 2008 Health and Social Care Act includes the regulation that in order to protect patients against the risks associated with the unsafe use and management of medicines, there should be appropriate arrangements for each of the processes involved. In order to meet the regulations, it is necessary for NHS Trusts to be able to demonstrate that employees have the appropriate skills and competencies, including being able to prescribe safely and effectively.

Supporting Foundation Doctors develop their prescribing skills 

STFS trainees will be supported to develop their prescribing within foundation year in a variety of ways including: 

       • Prescribing assessment
       • SCRIPT
       • Local prescribing training

KSS Prescribing Assessment

The KSS prescribing assessment was designed with 2 purposes: Firstly to ensure that newly employed foundation doctors are competent to prescribe safely and secondly to identify any additional training and support required to enhance prescribing skills.

The assessment consists of 2 aspects:
      • Multiple choice assessment (electronic - available via SCRIPT below) 
      • Practical written assessment

Details regarding the practical written assessment for incoming F1’s can be found in the Prescribing Assessment 2016 Trust Plans document (available to download from the right-hand side of this page). This document outlines each trusts plan for training and assessing incoming F1s.

Please note the use of phones within the assessment is permitted to allow you to access the BNF and a calculator. Trainees are expected to come to the assessment with a fully charged phone, with the BNF app fully downloaded (if using window phone access to the BNF online - please check Wi-Fi access prior to the day).

Trainees can be involved in reviewing the assessment by attending the Prescribing Assessment Group - if you are interested please contact your local trust prescribing lead.

SCRIPT

SCRIPT is an innovative e-Learning programme that provides trainees with a series of modules to explore prescribing and therapeutics. SCRIPT is an easily accessible web based programme comprising of over 40 modules, divided into 7 units covering competencies defined by the GMC and those required within the Foundation curriculum. The modules contain interactive videos, graphics and exercises. Each module is expected to take 30-90 minutes to complete.

Each foundation doctor is expected to complete 6 modules a year. You can access the South Thames Foundation School clone of SCRIPT here: http://kss3.safeprescriber.org/login

More information can be found in the STFS SCRIPT user guide (available to download from the right-hand side of this page).

All incoming foundation doctors should undertake the "STFS Prescribing Multiple Choice Questions" during their induction.

Local prescribing training

In addition to SCRIPT trusts may offer prescribing training as part of the teaching schedule. These sessions will be tailored to the training requirements of the trust and will include local policies and guidelines that must be followed.

BNF Application

All trainees undertaking the prescribing assessment are required to have access to the BNF application. To access this all foundation doctors require a NHS Open Athens account. The healthcare libraries networks create accounts for STFS foundation doctors. Details of your local healthcare library and more information on Open Athens accounts including terms and conditions can be found in the Open Athens Information documents.

For trainees who have never used an BNF app or are unfamiliar with the BNF website the prescribing assessment group have created BNF Familiarisation Questions (available to download from the right-hand side of this page) for trainees to work through at their own pace.

Contact us

For further information on the SCRIPT system, Prescribing assessment and other safe prescribing initiatives, contact Katie Reygate, STFS Prescribing Lead via email kreygate@kss.hee.nhs.uk.

The Prescribing Safety Assessment

From 2016 all Foundation Doctors are required to successfully pass the Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA) by the end of their first year of training. Trainees who successfully completed it at medical school will not be required to repeat it (unless it was passed more than 2 years before the start of foundation training).

Trainees who have passed the PSA will still be required to undertake a practical prescribing assessment on induction, as this tests the application of prescribing using local drug charts and prescribing systems.

Information on the PSA in foundation can be found on the UKFPO website.

Contact Details

LessonsLearnt@kss.hee.nhs.uk               

Please contact us with any queries or questions about the Lessons Learnt pilot

Please contact trust administrators for details or questions about Lessons Learnt teaching sessions.

 

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