The new foundation programme curriculum
What’s changed and what capabilities do you need to get signed off?
- By: Marina Soltan, Robert Powell
The UK Foundation Programme Office has launched a new curriculum for foundation doctors, which started in August 2016.1 The foundation programme provides generic training in six four-month rotations in a variety of specialties over two years. During this time, foundation year 1 (F1) and year 2 (F2) doctors develop their clinical expertise by starting to take supervised responsibility for patient care, but they are also responsible for their education and development of their critical thinking and professional judgment. This article describes some of the key changes to the new curriculum and what you should know before you start the foundation programme.
Remember that you still need to get all the core procedures (box 1) signed off during your foundation years. Some of these will overlap with the core capabilities listed in table 1. The UK Foundation Programme Office recommends trainees achieve this by carrying out regular supervised learning events.3 The