Trainee news

New Trainee Welcome Day - Monday 16 September 2019

This free event is particularly aimed at new trainees commencing pathology training from August 2019. Trainees who started training prior to this date for whom the session will be beneficial, will be welcome as well, although priority registration will be given to newly appointed trainees on a strictly first come-first served basis.


  • To introduce new Trainee Pathologists to their College and its role
  • To meet and network with College Officers and trainees from other Pathology Specialties
  • To understand Pathology Training Programmes and Examinations and the support available

You can register now for the New Trainees Welcome Day on the Eventbrite website:

Medical Examiners e-learning modules 

Although primarily intended as part of the training for new Medical Examiners, the e-learning modules contain information that trainees preparing for the CHAT exam might find useful, such as when to refer a case to the coroner and how to complete a death certificate. There are 26 modules, each of which takes around 20 minutes to complete. You can do as many or as few as you wish. A certificate is issued if all 26 are completed. Visit Medical Examiners - e-learning.

Higher Specialist Scientist Training (HSST)

The National School for Healthcare Science (NSHCS) and the Manchester Academy for Healthcare Scientist Education (MAHSE) have both published Handbooks about the HSST programme for Clinical Scientists.  Please see the relevant specialty HSST pages for more information.

A joint statement from The Royal College of Pathologists, NSHCS and MAHSE has also been published outlining the informal agreements made so far with regard to the FRCPath, DClinSci and the ICS Project.

CCT application timescales

The General Medical Council (GMC) has approved the introduction of a limit on the timeframe within which a doctor is able to apply for a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT). This limit will be 12 months from the doctor's expected end of training date. Doctors who do not apply for a CCT in time will continue to have the ability to enter the Specialist Register but they will need to do so via the equivalence route of CESR and provide the necessary documentation to confirm their current competence.

A Charter for Postgraduate Medical Training: The Value of the Doctor in Training

In March 2014, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges launched The Value of the Doctor in Training. This Charter has been developed by the Academy Trainee Doctors' Group as part of the Shape of Training Review and in line with its aims. It defines the guiding principles for the delivery of and participation in medical training across the four nations of the United Kingdom, building on the Charter for Medical Training, developed by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.