The purpose of an induction is to make you aware of your roles and responsibilities, the supervision arrangements in place within your clinical placements and where you can seek help and support. Induction typically takes place across three levels; foundation school; local education provider and departmental.
The LNR and Trent foundation schools expect all foundation doctors to engage fully with the induction processes made available to them by their employer and training bodies.
Local Education Provider
You should expect to receive a hospital-level induction each time you change employers; this is typically but not exclusively; at the beginning of your F1 and F2 training. The local education provider (acute hospital, mental health hospital or GP surgery) induction will cover:
- employment issues
- contact details of your FTPD and educational supervisor
- what to do when there are any problems and the support networks available
- health and safety at work including your own health and wellbeing
- the LEP’s whistle-blowing policy.
You should receive a departmental induction each time you rotate to a new specialty; as a minimum it must cover:
- familiarisation with the working environment;
- contact details of your clinical supervisor;
- formal handover of patient care and local systems in the department or workplace.
The LNR and Trent foundation schools recommend all new foundation trainees complete Induction modules via the e-learning for health site.
In addition you will receive an induction guide from the school with further guidance and support.
It is essential that you understand the Foundation Programme Curriculum as this is the basis on which you are assessed at the end of each of your foundation years. Throughout both your FY1 and FY2 year you must be working towards demonstrating all the competencies in the curriculum.
Please make sure you familiarise yourself with the curriculum. Further information can be found on the UKFPO website.
Good Medical Practice
Throughout your career as a doctor you are working as a professional and are regulated by the GMC and in particular their document Good Medical Practice. It is really important to you and your future career, that you understand what this means to you as a professional and beyond.
The GMC have provided an excellent package on this. Please click here access the Good Medical Practice page on the GMC website and complete the following sections in the Learning Materials section:
- Being honest if things go wrong
- Continuity of care
- Ending your relationship with a patient
- Social media
- Basic care
- Conscientious objection
- Acting as a witness
- Financial interests/conflicts of interest
- Maintaining boundaries
- Reasonable adjustments
- Supporting self-care