Good communication: Foundation update (November 2023) - elearning for healthcare
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Good communication: Foundation update (November 2023)

Kieron Bradshaw, 2 November 2023
A collage of photos with clinicians communicating with patients

Welcome to your November 2023 update from the Foundation elearning programme. This month focuses on good communication.

From discussing issues such as treatment risks or organ donation with patients; to breaking bad news or supporting the bereavement process, communication skills are key to your success as a doctor. The following sessions aim to support you to sell your diagnosis, your treatment, and most of all yourself, to your patients.


The sessions cover areas in your curriculum on:

FPC 1: Clinical Assessment

FPC 2: Clinical Prioritisation

FPC 3: Holistic Planning

FPC 4: Communication and Care

FPC 5: Continuity of Care

FPC 6: Sharing the Vision

FPC 8: Upholding Values

FPC 11: Ethics and Law

The Foundation elearning programme has been developed specifically for Foundation doctors by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in partnership with NHS England elearning for healthcare (NHSE elfh), and is approved by the UK Foundation Programme (UKFPO).

The online training has a range of other sessions that might help you. Please log in to the programme page to view more.

You can sign on to the elearning with your login supplied by elearning for healthcare at any time during your foundation training.

HORUS and TURAS have deep links to elearning for healthcare sessions from the Foundation Curriculum and are therefore accessible to all trainees, making it quicker and easier to access the appropriate session linked to the curriculum.


The 6th edition of the NHS SCRIPT Foundation Doctor safe prescribing elearning programme is due for release in 2024.

Freely available to all Foundation Schools across the UK, the new edition celebrates the 12th year since SCRIPT was launched and now contains over 100 elearning modules covering prescribing, therapeutics and medicines management.  The latest edition also includes new and extended modules, an updated user interface and extended functionality for the transfer of SCRIPT competencies from medical schools to a foundation doctor’s respective Foundation School.

Please contact Dr. Nic Blackwell at for further details on the new edition as well as to schedule in the free upgrade for your Foundation School.

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