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ARCP Requirements

ARCP requirements for Foundation trainees can be found here.

2021 Curriculum

A new curriculum for Foundation trainees was introduced from August 2021. A presentation about the new 2021 Foundation curriculum for Foundation educational and clinical supervisors can be found below. This presentation is given by Dr Fiona Cameron, Foundation School Director for Scotland.

A 2-minute overview of the changes between the 2016 and 2021 curriculums made by Dr Ian Reeves, FPD in the West region, can be found here.

A quick guide for Educational and Clinical Supervisors about the new curriculum can be found here.

Most trainees are now on the 2021 curriculum, but some out-of-sync trainees remain on the 2016 curriculum. Trainees remaining on the 2016 curriculum will have been informed by their Training Programme Administrator.


General FAQs


Is core teaching mandatory? Our department is busy at the time this is scheduled.

Yes. This is a reasonable way to make sure we have appropriately trained doctors.

There are no minimum SLEs per block in new curriculum? 

That’s right. The previous minimum of 5 has been removed. Trainees need demonstrate that they have completed/covered the curriculum so it is quality not quantity.

It seems a lot for new graduates. 

They are used to portfolio type work as undergraduates. Support about the process (for Supervisors as well as trainees) is available form FPDs and admin staff.

Will TURAS generate a log of all completed assessments for use in appraisal?

For each ticket you complete as a consultant/educator you will receive the following email:

                Dear [educator]

                 A ticket that you have raised for [Trainee Name] has been completed by [Ticket recipient Name].

                Please click link…..

How do we flag up specific mental health/psychosocial aspects of cases on Turas for the portfolio?

The onus is on the trainees to add the title of an SLE themselves and they can also link an SLE to various FPCs, but the consultant/educator will need to look at the portfolio content to ensure a trainee has covered all aspects of the curriculum. We are looking for the Foundation doctor to look at the whole person/patient and that they have an understanding of social/mental health issue that may arise from a diagnosis or the person being in hospital/unwell.

What happens with open attention items from previous blocks? Obviously, trainers need to take note of these and guide the trainee to provide evidence to address them, but do the trainers need to do anything else regarding these items?

An FPD can close attention items and add comments for the reason for closure. Attention items once close shown as green but will remain on a trainee’s record. A CS/ES cannot close an attention item.

Who completes the end of placement and end of year report?

End of placement reports are completed by the trainee's Clinical and Educational Supervisor (who will often be the same person, so they complete the combined report). The end of year report is completed by the trainee's Foundation Programme Director following the ARCP deadline.

Summary Narrative FAQs

Please could I have more information about the summary narrative and our role in this?

Trainee should complete 1 summary narrative for each of the 3 HLOs of approximately 300 words per HLO. Examples of summary narratives can be found here. The summary narrative needs to be completed by ARCP submission date. 

Does the Foundation doctor complete a Summary Narrative every four months or just once for the year?

The Summary Narrative is a live/working document and trainees should start/update the Summary Narrative towards the end of each post. It is for the trainee to critically appraise their post/year. The Summary Narrative is not pass/fail but formative; it is another form of reflection.


Are the people in the Placement Supervision Group (PSG) decided by the Educational Supervisor?

Yes. The educational supervisor decides staff likely to be able to complete a PSG form, and enters their emails into TURAS. The PSG process is then initiated later in block by the Educational Supervisor. The process allows the staff identified to be changed later if necessary. It can be a mix of staff, but they must be >F2. It can be in either block, but TABS are more familiar, so this year we expect more TABS in block 1 and PSG in block 2. Even a few shifts is enough for someone to be able to complete a PSG, they don’t have to have supervised for the whole block. Further information is available on the UKFPO website.

Is the Supervision Group Feedback requirement similar to the TAB system but with supervisors chosen by the ES rather than trainee? 

The PSG has been driven by the trainees and trainees feel that the TAB tells them if they are a nice person e.g. they answer their bleep, they are nice to the patients, whereas the PSG gives trainees feedback on if they are a good doctor and if they understand clinical aspects or a clinical situation.

Is there a minimum number of members needed in the PSG?

You can ask senior nursing staff, senior consultants, GPs, or other members of the multidisciplinary team. You as supervisor can also nominate yourself as a member of the PSG if you are working with the trainee. The PSG is driven by the supervisor and not the trainees and the information gathered can help inform the end of placement report. 

Should the trainee have an input as to who to ask for PSG from?

The PSG is initiated and sent out by the supervisor and there is an opportunity to change the names of the initial PSG group before you send out any tickets. The PSG should be completed in the post and not carried over to the next post. You should aim to get the PSG and TAB completed in post 1 and 2 which allows you address any issues in post 3 of each year of training.

Can additional TAB's or PSG's be done if you have concerns about a trainee?

Yes, you can request for an additional TAB or PSG during the year; post 3 can be used as remediation. There are some posts which are set up for PSG e.g. in General Practice a trainee will work directly with a group of trainers. Trainees can complete a TAB and PSG in the same post, but this will be dependent upon how the rotation is set up

This page was last updated on: 14.06.2022 at 08.19