COVID-19: information for trainees

This page contains the latest guidance and advice about how COVID-19 may impact trainees. We will update the documents and links on this page when we issue, or are made aware of, any updates.

The College would like to remind trainees that they should consider their clinical competencies and capabilities carefully if they are required to be redeployed by their Trust. They should also ensure that there are appropriate local support systems in place in the case of redeployment. A position statement from the Academy Trainee Doctors' Group is below and further guidance is available on the COVID-19 resources hub.

The College and the Trainee Advisory Committee recognises how important the wellbeing of trainees is. In conjunction with an external coach, a free coaching programme is available for trainees who have been redeployed and affected by COVID-19. Find out more about how to access this service.
Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) has created a freely accessible COVID-19-related e-learning programme for the UK health and care workforce. The training is free to all and does not require registration or login. 

College guidance and advice

Examination News and Dates

  • Cellular Pathology ARCP Guidance May 2020

    ARCP Guidance for the Cellular Pathology training specialties during the Covid-19 Outbreak for ARCPs held between May and August 2020.

    The Royal College of Pathologists May 2020

  • Chemical Pathology ARCP Guidance May 2020

    ARCP Guidance for Chemical Pathology and Chemical Pathology (Metabolic Medicine) during the Covid-19 Outbreak for ARCPs held between May and August 2020.

    The Royal College of Pathologists May 2020

  • Infection Training ARCP Guidance May 2020

    ARCP Guidance for the Infection training specialties during the Covid-19 Outbreak for ARCPs held between May and August 2020.

    The Royal College of Pathologists May 2020

  • RCPath Amended ARCP Outcome Form

    Amended RCPath ARCP outcome form, including outcomes 10.1 and 10.2.

    RCPath May 2020

  • Initial RCPath guidance for trainees related to Covid-19

    Initial guidance for trainees related to Covid-19 in a joint letter from the Clinical Directors of Examinations, Training & Assessment and the Chair of the Trainees' Advisory Committee.

    Sanjiv Manek, Nicki Cohen & Matthew Clarke March 2020

  • Examination deferrals due to COVID-19 – FAQs

    The Examinations department has received a number of queries with regard to the decision to defer exams – this page covers the most frequently asked questions.

    March 2020

Other guidance and advice

Training and exams

Health and wellbeing support

  • COVID-19 - Mental health & wellbeing for healthcare professionals

    The COVID-19 outbreak is having a significant impact on all of us and has affected the way in which we work and live our lives. For many doctors and healthcare professionals this may be a time of increased pressure and stress. It is quite normal to experience feelings of distress in the current situation and it is important to recognise that this is not a reflection on your ability to do your job or to cope. It is important during this time that you take time to prioritise your own mental health and wellbeing, recognising that it is more difficult to provide outstanding care for others when you are not adequately cared for yourself.

    Academy of Medical Royal Colleges March 2020

  • Support for doctors

    Find a range of organisations, services and websites which can offer help and support for doctors.

    Academy of Medical Royal Colleges March 2020

  • COVID fatigue for healthcare workers

    Covid fatigue is taking an enormous toll on healthcare workers. Whatever our situation as healthcare professionals—good pacing, refreshment, and support will be key to surviving the long road ahead.

    Clare Gerada and Caroline Walker May 2020

  • NHS Practitioner Health

    Practitioner Health is a free, confidential NHS service for doctors and dentists across England with mental illness and addiction problems, who are working or looking to return to clinical practice. The service can help with issues relating to a mental health concern, including stress or depression or an addiction problem, in particular where these might affect work. The service is provided by health professionals specialising in mental health support to doctors and is available in various locations across England.

    NHS May 2020

  • Doctors in Distress

    A charity created to raise awareness about the value of medical professionals health and well-being and the need to care for those that care for us.

    Doctors in Distress May 2020

Redeployment

Specialty recruitment

Regional guidance