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

Director of Programmes - Medics Academy

Hiba is the Director of Programmes at Medics.Academy and is also an HLA scholar. Her background is in entrepreneurship and innovation as well as medicine. She is heavily involved in quality improvement, teaching and medtech at Exeter hospital, won the Outstanding Trainee of the Year award in both her F1 & F2 years and was also the British Medical Association Representative for the trust. In addition to these roles she is a health advisor to Barnet Refugee Service and was the National Teaching and Curriculum Director for Friends of Irise International. Over the past year Hiba has won four awards for research and performance in her clinical roles 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

Emergency Medicine and Quality Improvement Fellow

Emma Cox is the Quality Improvement and Emergency Medicine Fellow at Barnet Hospital, Royal Free Trust and the Chief Product Officer at Medics.Academy. Throughout her career she has worked to improve access to education. She has taught abroad, delivered Access talks for Trinity College, and developed and delivered an Access programme for Brampton Manor Academy. She lectures on the 2016 Junior Doctor Contract at the University College London, Bart’s and King’s College London and has published and presented internationally on the topic. Emma has examined for UCL and written questions for the Medical Schools Council Assessment Alliance. She has also hosted a conference about the 2016 Junior Doctor Contract which was attended by the BMA and NHS Employers. She has won numerous awards from Trusts and Health Education England.

Course Curriculum

  • 1


    • About the programme

    • Message from Professor Derek Gallen

    • Message from Dr Hiba Khan - Clinical Product Manager - The F|Docs Programme

    • Table of Contents

    • Upcoming Live Events

  • 2

    Weekly teaching

    • What a Radiologist Wants from a Referral

    • Recognition and Management of the Deteriorating Patient

    • Acutely Presenting Obstetrics & Gynae Patients

    • Orthopaedics: The Knee

    • Pulmonary Embolism

    • Acute Abdomen

    • Recognition, Assessment and Initial Management of the Acutely Ill Patient

    • The Fundamentals of Blood Transfusion

    • Abnormal Menses

    • Typical Conditions of of the Ear (ENT)

  • 3

    Join our Facebook Support Group

    • Facebook Support Group for UK final year medical students

  • 4

    Preparing for F1

    • Introduction

    • Aims and objectives

    • Preparing for the oncall

    • Taking handovers before the shift

    • Taking handovers during the shift

    • Prioritising jobs

    • Common scenarios

    • The generally unwell patient - introduction

    • The generally unwell patient

    • Falls

    • Sepsis - Introduction

    • Sepsis 6

    • Deranged electrolytes - Introduction

    • Deranged electrolytes - Hyponatraemia

    • Deranged electrolytes - Hypernatraemia

    • Deranged electrolytes - Hyperkalaemia

    • Deranged electrolytes - Hypokalaemia

    • Deranged electrolytes - AKI

    • Chest pain

    • Handover

    • Recovery and reflection

    • Quiz

  • 5

    Global Health and Medics.Academy

    • Introduction to Global Health

    • Global Health content available on Medics.Academy

    • Partnership in a time of COVID-19 - THET Virtual Conference 2020

    • The Speakers

    • Join the Virtual Coffee Space

    • Reminders of previous THET and Medics.Academy Content - Setting the Context

  • 6

    Specialty Series

    • Plastic Surgery Mini Series with Mr Chris Hoo

    • Pre-webinar question: An Introduction to Critical Care

    • An Introduction to Critical Care

    • Post-webinar question: An Introduction to Critical Care

    • Innovating in medicine during the Foundation Programme: Is it even possible?

    • A-Z of Palliative Care

    • Neurology: Asking the Right Questions

    • Performance Under Pressure

    • Motivating Behaviour Change

    • Sex, Drugs and Natural Childbirth - How to Create a Portfolio Career

    • The Mental Health Act

    • Doctor 2 Author

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

  • 7

    Dr. Felix's Guide to Foundation

    • Introduction from the Author - Dr. Felix Torrance

    • Comment on COVID-19

    • Preparing for Work as a Doctor: Orientating yourself to your hospital

    • Preparing for Work as a Doctor: Keeping Yourself Sane Outside of Work

    • Clerking

    • Medicines Reconciliation

    • Reviewing a Patient on a Medical Ward Round

    • Conducting a Ward Round

    • Example Entry in the Notes

    • Reviewing a Surgical Patient

    • Example Post-Op Review Entry

    • Tips for reviews

    • Preparing a Patient for Surgery

    • How to request scans (and get them accepted by a radiologist)

    • How to ask for advice or a review by another speciality

    • Bleeps, switchboard and finding phone numbers

    • Chasing bloods

    • Using SBAR to Handover

    • Documenting procedures and discussions

    • Discharge Letters

    • Fluid Prescribing

    • Gentamicin Prescribing

    • Vancomycin Prescribing

    • Warfarin Prescribing

    • Insulin Prescribing

    • Analgesia

    • Prescribing Antiemetics

    • Prescribing Laxatives

    • Prescribing Creams

    • Summary of common prescriptions

    • Blood products

    • Falls Review

    • Capacity assessments

    • Balancing your Electrolytes

    • Reviewing a sick patient

    • Cardiac Arrests as an FY1

    • Management of acute agitation

    • Breaking bad news

    • Comfort review of a dying patient

    • Death and Dying on the Ward

    • Basic palliative care prescribing

    • Death Verification

    • Acknowledgements

  • 8


    • Contents

    • 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

  • 9

    Class of Corona Podcast

    • Introduction - Message from Bradley Hayes

    • Episode 1 - Introduction

    • Episode 2 - Coronavrius

    • Episode 3 - Managing unwell patients

    • Episode 4 - Preparing for your first day

    • Episode 5 - The Ward

    • Episode 6 - Jobs Part 1

    • Episode 7 - Jobs List Part 2

    • Episode 8 - Communication

    • Episode 9 - On call

  • 10

    Virtual Sim

    • The First Ever Live Worldwide Sim Experience

    • About the speaker - Dr. Adam Collins

    • The Second Live Worldwide Sim Experience

    • Third Ever Virtual Sim

  • 11

    Recorded Lectures

    • Introduction

    • Joining Instructions

    • Join the Virtual Coffee Room

    • How to join a zoom meeting

    • The April 2020 Agenda

    • Episode 1: Surviving F1

    • Webinar 1 (Catch Up): Surviving F1

    • Episode 2: An Introduction to the Foundation Programme

    • Webinar 2 (Catch Up): An Introduction to the Foundation Programme

    • Episode 3: Working in healthcare teams

    • Webinar 3 (Catch Up): Working in healthcare teams

    • Episode 4: Managing Anxiety and Uncertainty in Extraordinary Times

    • Webinar 4 (Catch Up): Managing Anxiety and Uncertainty in Extraordinary Times

    • Episode 5: Common Scenarios for an F1

    • Webinar 5 (Catch Up): Common Scenarios for an F1

    • Episode 6: An O&G Prospective on Your F1 Year

    • Episode 6 (Catch Up): An O&G Prospective on Your F1

    • Episode 7: Recognition and Management of the Deteriorating Patient

    • Episode 7 (Catch Up): Recognition and Management of the Deteriorating Patient

    • Episode 8: Acute Medical Emergencies: Shortness of breath

    • Episode 9: Know Your Rights - Part 2

    • Episode 10 - Radiology and Acute Medical Emergencies - Part 2

    • Episode 10 (Catch Up): What a radiologist expects from an F1 referral

    • Episode 11: Your Questions Answered

    • Episode 12: Top tips for getting it right on the phone

    • Episode 12: Top tips for getting it right on the phone - Password

    • Episode 12 (Catch Up): Top tips for getting it right on the phone

    • Episode 13: Live Slack Q&A - Common Scenarios of an F1

    • Episode 14: Surviving F1 - Part 2

    • Episode 14: Surviving F1 Part 2 - Link to the zoom webinar

    • Episode 15: Live Slack Q&A - Prescribing

    • Episode 16: How to ask for help

    • Episode 17: The First Ever Live Worldwide Sim Experience

    • Episode 18: Making Sense of ECGs

    • Episode 19: A Closer look at the F1 e-portfolio - Part 1

    • Episode 20: Wellbeing and Self-care: How to Avoid Burnout

    • Episode 20: Wellbeing and Self-care: How to Avoid Burnout - link to the zoom webinar

    • Episode 20 (Catch up): Wellbeing and Self-care

    • Episode 21: The Life of a Surgical F1 - Part 1

    • Episode 22: Death Certification

    • Episode 22: Death Certification

    • Episode 22 (Catch Up): Death Certification

    • Episode 23: The Second Live Worldwide Sim Experience

    • Episode 24: How to Assess the Sick Child

    • Episode 24: How to Assess the Sick Child

    • Episode 24 (Catch Up): How to Assess the Sick Child

    • Episode 25: Surviving the Night Shift

    • Episode 26: Skills and Top Tips for Shaping Your Own Portfolio Career

    • Episode 26: Skills and Top Tips for Shaping Your Own Portfolio Career

    • Episode 26 (Catch up): Skills and top Tips for Shaping Your Own Portfolio Career

    • Episode 26 (Catch Up): Skills and Top Tips for Shaping Your Own Portfolio Career

    • Episode 27: The Radiology Round

    • Episode 28: The F1 E-portfolio

    • Episode 28: The F1 E-portfolio

    • Episode 28 (Catch-up): The F1 E-portfolio

    • Episode 29: A Closer Look at the F1 E-Portfolio - Part 2

    • Episode 30: The Life of a Surgical F1 - Part 2

    • Episode 31: Surviving F1- Summary

    • Episode 32: ECG Challenge

  • 12

    Introduction to Leadership in Healthcare Course

    • Introduction

    • Introduction - Leadership and Organisational Responsibility at an Early Stage

    • Understand your value

    • Challenge yourself to do more

    • Prioritising your own training

    • Networking and exploring

    • Mentors

    • Planning your CV ahead of time

    • Keep track of your development

    • Introduction - Navigating the early stages of a career whilst developing leadership opportunities

    • Navigate

    • Choices

    • Qualifications

    • Qualifications 2

    • Attributes

    • Out of programme

    • Help

    • Leadership opportunities

    • Leadership opportunities 2

    • Ambition

    • Life

    • Conclusion

    • Introduction- The 6 Styles of Leadership

    • Structure of the course

    • Leadership Styles

    • Coercive Leadership

    • Coercive Example

    • Authoritative Leadership

    • Authoritative Example

    • Affiliative Leadership

    • Affiliative Leadership Example

    • Democratic Leadership

    • Democratic Leadership Example

    • Coaching Leadership

    • Coaching Leadership Example

    • Pace Setter

    • Pace Setter Example

    • Competence For Success

    • Conclusion

    • MCQ Assessment

    • Webinar Recording from the Founder of The Healthcare Leadership Academy

    • Feedback Form

  • 13

    The Prep for F1 Intensive - Webinar

    • The Agenda

    • The Speakers

    • Introduction - Dr Hiba Khan

    • Hiba's Introduction included this video from The HLA - the story so far...

    • Keynote - Professor Namita Kumar

    • Preparing for your first oncall - The acutely unwell patient - Dr Sida Mao

    • The essentials of prescribing - what you need to know - Dr George Miller

    • Asked to see patient... - Dr Jahangir Alom and Dr Dina Saleh

    • Common Mistakes - Dr Michael Lim

    • Know your rights - Dr Sarah Hallet

    • Panel Discussion

    • Summation Prof Derek Gallen

  • 14


    • How to excel in your e-portfolio and academic portfolio as an FY1

  • 15

    Introduction to Medical Education Virtual Study Day

    • Introduction

    • 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

  • 16

    Introduction to Quality Improvement Virtual Study Day

    • Welcome

    • Introduction - How to Change the Culture of Medicine

    • Census

    • Final Nail in the Coffin

    • Percentages

    • JCST

    • Frequencies

    • Reporting

    • Conclusion

    • Quality Improvement Virtual Workshop

    • Example QIP

    • The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare's tutorial on Sustainable Quality Improvement in Healthcare

    • Test Your Knowledge

    • Summary Sheet

    • Feedback Form