COVID-19: information for trainees

In light of the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, and the move in the UK to the ‘delay’ phase of managing the outbreak, the College has taken the hard decision to defer all of our spring examinations.

The examinations will be rescheduled later in the year. We will stay in touch with candidates and examiners regarding dates and arrangements.

Read College President Professor Jo Martin's full statement on the situation.

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.

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

  • 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

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

Training & exams


Specialty recruitment

  • Covid-19 Specialty recruitment plans

    Following the cancellation of all face-to-face recruitment, contingency plans have been reviewed for all medical and surgical specialties by senior clinical representatives from across the four nations, and junior doctor representatives from the BMA JDC and AoMRC trainees’ committee, supported by the Medical and Dental Recruitment and Selection (MDRS) Team. A number of general principles have been agreed to support the appointment of doctors to Medical training programmes, which will allow August 2020 start dates to be maintained.

    Four nations March 2020

Regional guidance