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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.

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

What do I do if I am nominated to complete a PSG Form?

PSG Member Information

If you have been nominated to complete a Placement Supervision Group (PSG) Individual Feedback Form about a trainee, by or on behalf of the clinical/educational supervisor. The purpose of Foundation training is to ensure that newly qualified doctors transition from student to doctor, practice safely and become valuable members of the NHS workforce.  Feedback is therefore very important to help the trainee develop and to ensure patient safety.  The areas you will be asked to comment on are regarding clinical practice, teamworking and professional attitude. You are invited to comment on all three areas but, if this is not possible, then please feedback on areas of practice on which you can comment. This feedback will be used by the clinical/educational supervisor to plan the trainee's training and as an assessment of the trainee's progress.

[Extract from Foundation Programme Curriculum 2021 p.39] Constructive multiple-rater feedback has been accepted as an effective method of driving improvements in performance and learning. The purpose of the PSG is to provide constructive senior feedback on the FD’s clinical performance. It is expected that all healthcare professionals will be in a position to support and guide the FD, providing feedback on performance to the FD and CS. However, the named clinical supervisor (CS) identifies a nominated group of senior healthcare professionals who work alongside the FD to make up the placement supervision group. Where possible, the clinical supervisor should identify these individuals to the FD]

The PSG is responsible for providing structured feedback to the clinical supervisor. Therefore, the form should be filled as soon as possible or you need to let the sender know if you are unable or if you have any questions. Your assistance in this matter is greatly appreciated. 


This page was last updated on: 17.10.2023 at 09.46