General Medical Council, in its 2017 standards document ‘Excellence
in curriculum Design’ has stated that the curricula for all
medical specialties must be revised by 2020. It has set out requirements for
these revisions. It has stipulations that include:
must introduce Generic
must be structured round a limited number of ‘Specialty Learning Outcomes’-
activities that describe the work of an independent clinician in each particular
colleges must demonstrate stakeholder involvement in developing their curricula
burden is to be reduced and a ‘tick-box’ approach avoided
working on its curriculum in line with the requirements. The approval process
for curricula has two phases.
one is an initial review of the structure of training and the breadth of the
curriculum, as expressed in the Specialty Learning Outcomes we have defined.
The aims of the curriculum are set out in a 'Purpose statement'. This
will form the first part of the curriculum document for all specialities and
must reflect how that specialty serves the needs of the public. It must also
explain what a learner will be able to do when they have completed training,
and at important points along the way.
the views of those to whom the RCEM curriculum applies. The first draft of our
Purpose Statement is appended, as well as an explanatory document and a summary
of the Specialty Learning Outcomes we have defined. Please find links
below to other key documents we will use to inform our submission.
RCEM curriculum defines what it is to be an EM consultant in the UK. It must be
fit for purpose. We will be formally seeking opinion in surveys, will use
social media to explore key themes, and attend educational and training events
locally to explain and seek feedback on our proposed curriculum as it
available to provide feedback on our proposed approach.
Please provide feedback on our purpose statement and approach to
Speciality Learning Outcomes. Once we have agreed the structure of the
curriculum and training we will be seeking feedback on the detailed content of
the curriculum prior to submission to the GMC for approval.
Documents + Links
DRAFT – Specialty Learning Outcomes
By Design - Hub
By Design - Direct Link to PDF Document
Professional Capabilities - Link to PDF Document