Background to Curriculum Change
Training curricula for all specialties and subspecialties are being revised in line with the General Medical Council’s (GMC) Excellence by Design standards for postgraduate curricula, introduced in 2017. These standards aim to improve the flexibility of training and to produce curricula that will better support patient, professional and service need, as set out in the Shape of Training Report.
Shape of Training was an independent review led by Professor David Greenaway that looked at potential reforms to the structure of postgraduate medical training in the UK. The final report was published in October 2013. The report indicated a need for doctors capable of providing general care in broad specialties across a range of different settings, requiring postgraduate training to adapt so as to prepare medical graduates able to deliver safe and effective general care.
In response to these recommendations, the College has undertaken the revision of eight specialty curricula: Histopathology, Forensic Histopathology, Paediatric and Perinatal Pathology, Diagnostic Neuropathology and Chemical Pathology, which are managed exclusively by RCPath, and Medical Microbiology, Medical Virology, Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, which are managed jointly with Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB) via the Combined Infection Training (CIT) model.
The JRCPTB are leading on the revision of specialty curricula for Haematology and Immunology, with oversight from the Joint Training Committee.
In 2021, the College held online Curriculum Launch Events for the new specialty curricula, dividing these into three presentations: Chemical Pathology, Infection (joint launch with JRCPTB, comprising Medical Microbiology, Medical Virology, Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine), and Cellular Pathology (comprising Histopathology, Forensic Histopathology, Diagnostic Neuropathology and Paediatriac and Perinatal Pathology). These events were aimed at training programme directors and educational supervisors and were designed to give a better understanding of the incoming curricular changes and how these would affect trainers on a practical level.
The recorded presentations and Q&A session are available below:
Chemical Pathology Curriculum Launch Questions and Answers
Cellular Pathology Questions and Answers
Infection Diseases Questions and Answers