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SFP - Introduction to Interview
Specialised Foundation Programme - Introduction to interview
The Specialised Foundation Programme (SFP – formerly known as the AFP or academic...
SFP - Academic Station
Specialised Foundation Programme - Academic Station
The academic station generally begins with a personal question and is your opportunity...
SFP - Clinical Station
Specialised Foundation Programme - Clinical Station
You will have a total of 10 minutes of interactive time. Prior to the station, you...
Junior Doctor Pay Calculator
Junior Doctor Pay Calculator
We’ve created a junior doctor pay calculator which will help you better understand...
Audits & Quality Improvement Projects
Audits & Quality Improvement Projects (QIPs)
Audits & QIPs are a way to identify issues, drive changes and assess the effects...
Referral Cheat Sheet
Referral Cheat Sheet
Our referral cheat sheet is our most popular resource having been downloaded thousands...
Ranking Foundation Jobs
Ranking Foundation Jobs
If you’re worried about not getting your top choice, you shouldn’t worry....
ePortfolio
ePortfolio
Your eportfolio is a tool to store and record evidence that demonstrates your progress,...
Fluid Balance
Fluid Balance
Almost every patient admitted to hospital receives IV fluids at some point in their...
Payslips
Payslips & Income Tax
Each month, your pay and any deductions will be summarised to you in the form of...
IV fluids
Prescribing IV Fluids
There are certain situations where you need to prescribe IV fluids which vary from...
Ward Round
Surviving Ward Rounds
It takes time to get used to the ward round. Particularly, when patients are being...
Leave
Leave
As an FY1 doctor, there are different types of leave you will come across during...
Claiming Tax Relief
Claiming Tax Relief
This article is about claiming tax relief on essential things for your job. Understanding...
Prescribing Safety Assessment
Passing the Prescribing Safety Assessment (PSA)
The PSA is aimed at final year medical students and those graduating overseas to...
On Call Tips
On Call Tips
FY1s are usually most apprehensive about being on call, but it is also the shift...
Falls
Falls
As an F1, you will quite frequently get bleeped to review a patient who has had a...
Mobile Apps
Essential Apps
Here’s a list of apps that are in order of how essential we find them. There’s...
Insulin
Hyperglycaemia
Hyperglycaemia is something you will encounter frequently. In this article, we focus...
Clerking Patients
Clerking Patients: A few tips
Here we assume you know the basics, and instead we focus on the common pitfalls with...
Hypoxia
Hypoxia
As an FY1, you will be called to review hypoxic ward patients. Here we discuss common...
Blood Gas
ABG Interpretation
In this article, we will look at more practical aspects of how to read an ABG and...
Hyponatraemia
Hyponatraemia
Hyponatraemia (serum Sodium <135 mmol/L) is one of the most common electrolyte...
Emergencies
Deteriorating Patient
The deteriorating patient is often the worst nightmare for new FY1s.  I remember...
Prescribing analgesia
Prescribing analgesia
When assessing pain, ensure you begin by taking a history to characterise the pain...
Writing SLEs
Writing SLEs
SLEs are supervised learning events that include Mini-CEX (mini clinical evaluation...
Drowsy
Reduced GCS
As a doctor, you will frequently be called for a drowsy patient. They can vary from...
Common Prescribing Errors
Common Prescribing Errors
When I supervise and teach FY1s, prescribing is in the top three things they are...
Prioritising Jobs
Prioritising Jobs
I’m going to try and be as generic as possible so that hopefully these tips work...
Breaks and Burnout
Breaks and Burnout
When I left medical school, I thought my only difficulty would be the actual medicine,...
FY1
Preparing for FY1
It is common for FY1s to feel anxious & feel like they’re not ready to...
Acute Kidney Injury
Acute Kidney Injury
AKI is very common affecting around 20% of inpatients & it is important to recognise...
Heparin
Anticoagulation
For new doctors, prescribing anticoagulants can be daunting. A few simple rules can...
Medical Education
How to teach medical students
Balancing your workload as a junior doctor whilst teaching medical students effectively...
Hypoglycaemia
Hypoglycaemia
Management of low blood sugar in conscious & unconscious patients, finding common...
Reviewing and Requesting Bloods
Reviewing and Requesting Bloods
Here we focus on blood tests requests for a variety of common scenarios you might...
Delirium
Delirium
Acute confusion, otherwise known as delirium, is very common in hospitals: 20-30%...
Self-Discharge
Self-discharge
Frequently patients wish to self-discharge from hospitals. This article pertains...
Documentation
Documentation
Medical documentation should authentically represent every consultation and is primarily...
Scans
Requesting scans
Requesting scans can be a scary daily occurrence for new doctors. It is one of few...
Discharge letters
Discharge letters: hints & tips
Writing a discharge summary is a task you are likely to carry out every day, and...
Hypokalaemia
Hypokalaemia
As an FY1 you will frequently see hypokalaemia and most trusts have guidelines that...
Pre & Post Operative Care
Pre & Post Operative Care
As a junior doctor, you will frequently look after patients prior to and after their...
Maximise Points for Specialty Applications
Maximise Points for Specialty Applications
With the recent removal of additional degrees counting for points towards all specialty...
Death Verification
Death Verification
As a new F1 in August, it can feel like quite a daunting task to verify a death,...
Chest X-Rays
Chest X-Rays
In this article, we focus on the interpretation of a CXR. Have a low threshold to...
Discharge Planning
Discharge Planning
It is important for junior doctors to understand what the discharge planning process...
Hyperkalaemia
Hyperkalaemia
Hyperkalaemia can cause life-threatening emergencies particularly cardiac arrhythmias....
Sepsis
Sepsis
Sepsis is an infection with evidence of organ dysfunction. Septic shock is when a...
Handover
Handover
Handover occurs between shifts to ensure everyone is up to speed with patients. The...
Constipation
Constipation
Constipation is one of the most common complaints in hospital, especially on the...
Junior Doctor Contract explained
Junior Doctor Contract explained
In the UK, there are different contracts for each of the different regions: Northern...
Nausea & Vomiting
Nausea & Vomiting
You will frequently get calls regarding nausea & vomiting: many patients present...
PICC Lines and Midlines
PICC Lines and Midlines
You may well be asked to take blood from a PICC line or be called to see a patient...
Mental Capacity
Mental Capacity
Mental Capacity is the ability to make your own decisions at the time at which the...
Death Certificate
Death Certification
After a patient has died you may be asked to complete the death certificate. It may...
Microbiology Discussions
Microbiology Discussions
A lot of your time as an FY1 will be spent on the phone to various other specialities....
Gifts
10 Gifts for your Colleagues
As we all rotate so frequently between departments, many of us like to get our seniors...
Difficult Colleagues
Dealing with difficult colleagues
This is a tricky area to cover as it can be challenging to us both personally and...
Breaking Bad News
Breaking Bad News
As a junior doctor, you will have face situations where you have to convey potentially...
Dealing with a complaint
Dealing with a complaint
Everyone will receive a complaint – this is inevitable. Usually, these are...
Consent
Clinical recordings and the Correct Consent
In all specialities of medicine patient clinical recordings, whether this is photographs...
Careers Advice
Careers Advice
FY1 is a great opportunity to explore new specialties and start to gain an idea of...
Bullying
Bullying and Undermining - Changing Culture
Welcome to FY1. In your first few months, you will find your learning curve is steep...
Medical Podcasts
Medical Podcasts that are worth a listen!
We asked on social media what your favourite podcasts were & these were rated...

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