Foundation doctor seminars

Foundation seminars

We offer a series of free seminars which cover all the Foundation Professional Capabilities that touch on medico-legal aspects of clinical practice.

One seminar can be delivered per visit to a minimum of eight attendees (members and non-members). This can be as part of an educational training day or departmental meeting. All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance for their e-portfolio.

To book a seminar, speak to your Postgraduate Medical Education Centre. You can share this page with them using the links on the right.

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Communication challenges

60 minutes

Good communication is essential for safe patient care and effective teamwork. This seminar focuses on communication in difficult circumstances such as, delivering bad news, de-escalating conflict, communicating with children, and using interpreters. It also covers the importance of active listening, showing empathy, and giving structured handover to ensure continuity of care. 


60 minutes

Respect for confidentiality is central to the development of trust between doctors and patients. This seminar explores the principles of confidentiality in accordance with GMC guidance, as well as data protection and information governance standards, and when confidential information may be shared. Guidance on the use of social media and avoiding inadvertent breaches of confidence are also covered.

Consent and mental capacity

60 minutes

Working with your patients to make decisions about their treatment and care is at the heart of good medical practice. This seminar covers the principle of autonomy, the law and guidance on consent, types of consent, and recording decisions. Special considerations such as refusal of treatment, making decisions when a patient lacks capacity and issues to be considered when treating children and young people will also be explored.

Dealing with complaints

60 minutes

During your career you may receive a complaint against you or the services you provide. This seminar covers the key features of the NHS complaints process, what people complain about, how to avoid complaints, and what to do if you receive a complaint.

Keeping patients safe

60 minutes

This seminar focuses on identifying vulnerable people and understanding the principles of safeguarding. It also covers the importance of raising concerns, why mistakes happen, what to do if things go wrong, and the importance of reflective practice and remediation.

Record keeping and form filling

60 minutes

Making accurate and contemporaneous records is a vital part of good clinical practice. This seminar looks at what constitutes a medical record, the functions of record keeping, what quality records look like, and the legal requirements for death certification, cremation forms, and fit notes.

The GMC and keeping yourself safe

60 minutes

This seminar explains the role of the GMC, fitness to practise procedures, and the concept of multiple jeopardy. It also covers some common pitfalls and things you can do to keep yourself safe and out of trouble.