FY1 specific ‘Direct Teaching’ is routinely delivered within the LEPs (Local Education Providers or Trusts), and the 2021 Foundation curriculum mandates that all Foundation Doctors must attend and log a minimum of 30 hours of ‘core’ teaching, with a minimum of 60 hours of core and non-core in total (which can include extra ‘core’ teaching). ‘Core teaching’ is any teaching session dedicated to Foundation Doctors, so includes LEP F1 programmes, ‘core topics’ in the new curriculum including simulation experience, and F1 Regional Skills (F1RST) virtual sessions e.g.
- AKI (NI renal team)
- MDU teaching sessions
- NIAS (Northern Ireland Ambulance Service)
- Careers for F1s (Dr Camille Harron)
- Radiology teaching specific to Foundation Doctors (‘core’ for FY1 only)
The curriculum specifies a list of 15 Specific Areas of Core Learning (including simulation).
The F1RST initiative was put to all the Trusts and interested individuals at the inaugural F1RST Forum in early June 2021 because of both the development of virtual teaching during the Covid pandemic, and the requirement to implement the 2021 version of the Foundation curriculum. Participation in the delivery of these virtual sessions is not mandatory for any teachers, but it is offered as an opportunity to expand the availability of core teaching sessions for F1 doctors anywhere in Northern Ireland. It will be monitored closely and its merits reviewed regularly. Each teaching session should be logged in the eportfolio and can then be used as a piece of evidence which can be linked to the new Foundation Professional Capabilities (maximum of three FPCs). A reflection on the session will increase the weight of this evidence when considered at ARCP. Each Trust is expected to facilitate up to three hours per week for FY1 doctors to attend teaching sessions and for self-development activities such as reflecting or e-learning.