About the Programme

This programme is designed to support foundation doctors through the Foundation Programme. The programme will guide you through the foundation years one, two and beyond until the point you enter specialty training.

We also provide key courses and certificates in leadership, medical education, quality improvement and training in teaching to help best prepare you for the next steps in your career.

What F|Docs plus provides:

  • Access to regular clinical and non-clinical webinars
  • A clinical reference library
  • Certificates in leadership, medical education, quality improvement and training in teaching
  • Weekly teaching from senior clinicians
  • Podcasts
  • 20+ online modules
  • Access to conferences
  • Discounts on further courses and opportunities

About the Instructors

Professor Derek Gallen

Head of F|Docs Programme

Over the last decade of my career I introduced and looked after the foundation programme in the UK. We managed to get it embedded in UK medicine and the NHS. However there is still a lot of work left to be done. I realised when I retired that we needed to be more innovative with technology in Medical and Healthcare education and try greater consistency and improve the experience of the Foundation Programme. When the Medics.Academy team invited me to lead the development of the  F|Docs programme, I saw this as an opportunity to work with this innovative, young team to bring apply technology and entrepreneurial ideas to the NHS. The team have worked hard over the last 2 years since we came up with the first concepts. They have developed a programme that genuinely tries to support Foundation Schools and Doctors, applying consistency of teaching and supporting individuals to achieve their goals as early stage professionals. The impact of COVID19 did not dent this team, it spurred them on to rethink completely what they were doing and rapidly changed their programme to into something that responded to the needs of students and junior doctors alike. The speed and diligence with which they worked, made me proud to see that the NHS, it’s staff and society generally are in good hands. The programme that Hiba and the F|Docs team are rolling out is something that 3 years ago I wouldn’t have thought possible, but these young professionals are innovating at a pace, and focussing on their colleagues who are students and junior doctors in a way that really is impressive. The feedback and engagement we are seeing is incredible and I am incredibly proud to have led the birth of this initiative and continue to nurture it to have a significant impact on the clinicians concerned and the wider NHS that will benefit. 

Dr Hiba Khan

Chief Revenue Officer at Medics.Academy

Dr Hiba Khan, Clinical Entrepreneur and Chief Revenue Officer at Medics.Academy. Dr Khan has a background in entrepreneurship, innovation and solutions in healthcare and was recently awarded an Innovation Fellowship at Mid and South Essex NHS Trust to continue this work. Dr Khan runs the development function at Medics.Academy and oversees a global team of executives. Dr Khan also has experience in governance as Vice-Chair of the Board at Queen Mary University Students’ Union and Chair of their Audit and Risk Committee as well as being Governor on the Board of the University of West London Workforce Committee and on the Board of Melanin Medics. Dr Khan has won several awards for research and performance in her clinical roles, a national award in quality improvement, two consecutive “Outstanding Trainee” awards and a gold medal in regional weightlifting.

About the Authors

Dr Camilla Rhead


Camilla is a junior doctor working in London. She is currently taking a year out after her foundation training before commencing core medical training. She has been awarded prizes during her foundation training for teaching, clinical excellence and quality improvement. She plans to pursue a career in gastroenterology and this year will be doing research looking at decompensated liver disease.Outside of medicine, Camilla is a keen runner, skier, sailer and tag rugby player. She also enjoys travelling and will be spending a lot of this year jetting off around the world.

Dr. Stephen Hamshere

Dr Stephen Hamshere is a Registrar in Cardiology at Imperial NHS Trust and an Honorary Research Fellow at Barts Health NHS Trust. 

Dr Emma Cox

Chief Product Officer

Dr Emma Cox is the Chief Product Officer at Medics.Academy and an Emergency Medicine Registrar. Dr Cox manages and leads multiples teams of engineers, designers and product specialists across two continents. Dr Cox is passionate about improving healthcare. Dr Cox's particular areas of focus are technology, education and working conditions. Dr Cox's previous experience includes being an Elected Public Governor for The Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust, a board member of a national union, and an Academic Lead for University College London Medical School. Dr Cox's current roles include being an honorary lecturer for UCLan, a Peer Reviewer for the UKRI, a Committee Member of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine’s National Sustainable Working Practices Committee, and a NHS England Clinical Entrepreneur.

Course Curriculum

  • 1


    • About the Programme

    • Message from Professor Derek Gallen

    • Message from Dr Hiba Khan

  • 2

    The Foundation Programme Curriculum 2021

    • Higher Learning Outcomes

    • Foundation Programme Curriculum Support

    • Feedback on the Curriculum Support

    • Common Scenarios for an F1 Doctor - Dr Alex Harding

  • 3

    HLO 1: An accountable, capable and compassionate doctor

    • Recognition, Assessment and Initial Management of the Acutely Ill Patient - Dr Stacey Bryan

    • How to Assess the Sick Child - Dr Hoong Wei

    • Pulmonary Embolism - Dr Carina Dowson

    • Acute Medical Emergencies: Shortness of Breath - Dr Junaid Fukuta

    • Bleeding in Pregnancy - Dr Zahra Ameen

    • The Acute Abdomen - Mr James Olivier

    • Maternal Medicine - Dr Zahra Ameen

    • Paediatric Basic Life Support & Common Hereditary Conditions - Dr Ali Jawad & Dr Elizabeth Forsythe

    • Essential Paediatric Assessment - William Broughton

    • Basic Anaphylaxis Management - Dr Ali Jawad

    • Recognition and Management of the Deteriorating Patient - Dr Adam Collins

    • Leadership and the Crash Team - World Extreme Medicine

    • The Fundamentals of Blood Transfusion for the Non-Haematologist - Dr Conrad Hayes

    • Acutely Presenting Obstetrics & Gynae Patients - Dr Stacey Picart

    • Top Tips for Getting It Right on the Phone - Dr Rani Robson

    • Motivating Behaviour Change - Dr Lucy Morris

  • 4

    HLO 2: A valuable member of healthcare workforce

    • Working in Healthcare Teams - Dr Roshni Beeharry

    • Managing Anxiety and Uncertainty in Extraordinary Times - Sue Watson

    • What a Radiologist Wants from a Referral - Dr Scott Andrews

    • Essentials of Prescribing Dr George Miller

    • How to Prepare for the Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA) - Dr George Miller

    • Human Factors in Healthcare - World Extreme Medicine

    • An Introduction to Leadership in Healthcare

    • Leadership and Organisational Responsibility at an Early Stage - Arrash Yassaee

    • The 6 Styles of Leadership - Mike Roddis Lesson

    • Diversity and Inclusion in Leadership - Dr Justin Varney

    • Negotiation Skills

    • Presentation Skills

    • CliniTECS - Digital Healthcare

    • Learn or Die: Performance Under Pressure - Dr Mark Stacey

    • Wellbeing and Self-Care - Jeeves Wijesuriya

    • Surviving Burnout Session 1 - Dr Jack Harding

    • Surviving Burnout Session 2

    • Freedom to Speak Up - Dr Henrietta Hughes

    • Know Your Rights - Dr Sarah Hallet

    • How we Change the Culture of Medicine - Simon Fleming

  • 5

    HLO 2: Quality Improvement

    • Introduction to Quality Improvement

    • Disruptive Transparency - Benjamin Dean

    • The Use of Gantt Charts for Managing a Project

    • Using the Business Model Canvas & KPI for Clinical Innovations

    • The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare’s Tutorial on Sustainable Quality Improvement in Healthcare - Dr Rosie Spooner

  • 6

    HLO 2: Teaching the teacher: teach and present effectively

    • Introduction to medical education

    • Teach the Teacher

    • Why we teach

    • Roles of the clinical teacher

    • The essence of teaching

    • Student needs analysis

    • The good clinical teacher

    • Plan and be S.M.A.R.T.

    • Bloom's taxonomy

    • Putting planning into practice

    • The history of teaching

    • Utilising teaching models

    • Interpersonal skills

    • Adapting for group work

    • Delivering lectures

    • Constructive feedback - the missing link

    • Conclusion

    • Test yourself

    • Reading material

    • The seven learning styles

    • Reading material

    • Publishing your work

    • Feedback Form

  • 7

    HLO 3: A Professional, responsible for their own practice and portfolio development

    • Horus e-Portfolio Perep Series - Part 1

    • Horus e-Portfolio Perep Series - Part 2

    • Death Certification - Dr Ali Jawad

    • Mental Health - Legal Frameworks - Dr Christopher Ellis

    • The Mental Health Act - Dr Adarsh Shetty

    • Safeguarding of Adults

    • Information Governance

    • The Junior Doctor Contract

    • The Most Common Mistakes Foundation Doctors Make - Dr Michael Lim

    • Common Mistakes - Dr Michael Lim

    • Skills and Top Tips for Shaping Your Own Portfolio Career - Dr Amrita Sen

    • Academic Careers Beyond AFP Part 1 - Dr Will Sedly

    • Academic Careers Beyond AFP Part 2 - Dr Malcolm Brodlie

    • Navigating the Early Stages of a Career whilst Developing Leadership Opportunities - Professor Derek Gallen

  • 8

    Health Promotion and Public Health

    • Controlling an Infectious Disease Outbreak

    • The Management of Ebola Virus Disease

    • The Impact of Climate Change on Health

    • Vaccines

  • 9


    • Atrial Fibrillation

  • 10


    • Excellence in Healthcare Through Leadership

  • 11

    Quality Improvement Methodology

    • Using the Business Model Canvas & KPI for Clinical Innovations

  • 12

    How to Get into the Academic Foundation Programme

    • Analysing Systematic Reviews - What are the authors addressing?

    • Searching for papers

    • Selection criteria

    • Were the included papers valid?

    • Included studies

    • Results

    • Diagnostic Accuracy Studies - Population

    • Gold standard diagnostic test

    • Comparison

    • Merits and limitations

    • Methods

    • Analysing RCTs and Therapy Studies - Introduction

    • Randomisation

    • Groups of patients

    • Allocated treatment

    • Who started?

    • Double blind?

    • Analysing Prognostic Studies - Introduction

    • Staging

    • Follow-up

    • Outcome criteria

    • Patient characteristics

    • Validity

    • Statistics - Introduction

    • Relative risk

    • Absolute risk

    • Relative risk reduction

    • Number needed to treat

    • Confidence intervals

    • Sensitivity and specificity

    • Positive and negative predictive values

    • Systematic reviews and forest plots 1

    • Systematic reviews and forest plots 2

    • Pre-test probability

    • The likelihood ratio

    • Getting Published

  • 13

    Careers Guidance

    • Survival Guide for O&G: Things Every SHO Should Know

  • 14

    Integration of acute illness into chronic disease management and multiple comorbidities

    • Common Scenarios for an F1

    • Atrial Fibrillation

    • Cystic Fibrosis

    • Polycystic Kidney Disease

    • Trisomy 21

    • Ear (ENT)

    • Nose (ENT)

    • Genital Warts

    • Infections in Pregnancy

    • Ophthalmology for the Non-Ophthalmologist

  • 15

    End-of-Life Care

    • A-Z of Palliative Care

    • Palliative Care

  • 16

    Teaching Skills

    • Expanding Access to Medical Education

  • 17

    Patient Safety

    • Surviving F1

    • Information Governance

  • 18

    Use of New Technologies and the Digital Agenda

    • Innovating in Medicine during the Foundation Programme

    • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

    • Introduction to Data

    • From Data to Data Science

    • Foundation for Data Science

    • A Beginner’s Guide to the Data Science Pipeline

    • Informatics, Data Science, and Artificial Intelligence

    • What is Artificial Intelligence

    • Key AI Terminology

    • AI in Healthcare: an Overview

    • Artificial intelligence-enabled healthcare delivery

    • Artificial Intelligence in Medicine: Today and Tomorrow

    • Current state of AI in healthcare

    • The state of artificial intelligence-based FDA-approved medical devices and algorithms: an online database

    • An Introduction to Machine Learning

    • How Does a Machine Learn

    • Machine Learning in Medicine

    • A short guide for medical professionals in the era of artificial intelligence

    • Machine Learning Problems

    • Machine Learning Workflow

    • The 7 steps of machine learning

    • How to build your first machine learning model

    • An overview and case study of the clinical AI model development life cycle for healthcare systems

    • How to develop machine learning models for healthcare

    • Machine Learning Course in R: Session One

    • How to install R and RStudio

    • Machine learning and prediction in medicine - beyond the peak of inflated expectations

    • Lost in thought: the limits of the human mind and the future of medicine

    • AI Applications in Healthcare - Introduction

    • Neural Networks and Introduction to Deep Learning

    • What is a Neural Network

    • Functions and Types of Neural Networks

    • CNNs and Computer Vision

    • Machine Learning for Medical Image Analysis

    • Use case: Detection of Diabetic Retinopathy

    • Face Recognition Technology

    • How does facial recognition work

    • Use case: Face Recognition for Disease Diagnosis

    • Natural Language Processing

    • How NLP Works

    • Chatbots in Healthcare

    • Virtual Assistants: Alexa

    • AI in Robotics

    • Use case: Mental Health Chatbot

    • Intelligent Robotics

    • Introduction to robotics

    • Use case: Robotic Surgery

    • Introduction to process mapping

    • Process map symbols

    • Additional Resources

    • How Machine Learning is fighting cancer

    • How Computer Vision Works

    • Development and validation of a deep learning algorithm for detection of diabetic retinopathy in retinal fundus photographs

    • How to Build a Chatbot

    • Technology and mental health: the role of artificial intelligence

    • Robotic surgery’s third wave

  • 19


    • Soundbites

    • Soundbite 1: Indications for Urgent Dialysis

    • Soundbite 2: Terminal Motor Branches of the Facial Nerve

    • Soundbite 3: Causes of a High Anion Gap in Metabolic Acidosis

    • Soundbite 4: The SBAR Handover

    • Soundbite 5: Documenting the Ward Round

    • Soundbite 6: Non GI Causes of Vomiting

    • Soundbite 7: Causes of New-Onset Atrial Fibrillation

    • Soundbite 8: The Surgical Sieve as an Approach to Differential Diagnoses

    • Soundbite 9: Causes of Delirium

    • Soundbite 10: The SAD PERSONS Scale for Assessment of Suicide Risk

    • Soundbite 11: Causes of Hyperkalaemia

    • Soundbite 12: Causes of Hypokalaemia

    • Soundbite 13: Treatment of an Acute Myocardial Infarction

    • Soundbite 14: Chest X-Ray Findings in Heart Failure

    • Soundbite 15: Features of a Life-Threatening Asthma Attack

    • Soundbite 16: Reversible Causes of a Cardiac Arrest - 4Hs and 4Ts

    • Soundbite 17: Muscles of the Hand Supplied by the Median Nerve

    • Soundbite 18: Glasgow Score for the Severity of Acute Pancreatitis

    • Soundbite 19: Signs of Chronic Liver Disease

    • Soundbite 20 - Presentation of Acute Limb Ischaemia - 6Ps

    • Soundbite 21: CURB-65 Score for Severity of Community-Acquired Pneumonia

    • Soundbite 22: Causes of Acute Pancreatitis

    • Soundbite 23: Signs of Cerebellar Disease

    • Soundbite 24: Indications for a CT Head in Adults Presenting with Head Injury

    • Soundbite 25: Management of Acute Pulmonary Oedema

    • Soundbite 26: SOCRATES Tool for the Assessment of Pain

    • Soundbite 27: Disease Checklist for a Patient's Past Medical History

    • Soundbite 28: Seronegative Spondyloarthropathies

    • Soundbite 29: Symptoms of Aortic Stenosis

    • Soundbite 30: Order of Heart Valve Auscultation Sites

  • 20

    Artificial Intelligence and Innovative Technologies in Digital Health

    • About the Programme

    • Registration Form