The 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:

o  Curricula must introduce Generic Professional Capabilities 

o  Curricula must be structured round a limited number of ‘Specialty Learning Outcomes’- activities that describe the work of an independent clinician in each particular discipline

o  That colleges must demonstrate stakeholder involvement in developing their curricula

o  Assessment burden is to be reduced and a ‘tick-box’ approach avoided

RCEM is working on its curriculum in line with the requirements. The approval process for curricula has two phases.  

Phase 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.

We seek 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.

The 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 develops. is 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

RCEM Documents

Launch Document

Purpose Statement

DRAFT – Specialty Learning Outcomes

GMC Documents

Excellence By Design - Hub
Excellence By Design - Direct Link to PDF Document

Generic Professional Capabilities - Link to PDF Document

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