Curriculum review and rewrite

Training curricula for all specialties and subspecialties are being rewritten in line with the GMC’s “Excellence by Design” standards for postgraduate curricula.  These standards aim to improve the flexibility of training and move away from the “tick box” approach of previous curricula.  They also hope to produce curricula that will better support patient, professional and service need, as set out in the Shape of Training Report, by focussing on generic professional capabilities.  These broader skills are required by doctors across all medical specialties to produce safe and effective patient care.

The revision of the Clinical Radiology and Interventional Radiology curricula is led by the Curriculum Committee and overseen by the Specialty Training Board. 

Current position

We are very pleased to report that the new curricula for Clinical Radiology and Interventional Radiology were submitted to the GMC on 11 July 2019.  These documents represent a significant departure from the current curricula and are the culmination of two year’s work, with over 200 people involved in the consultation process.  The new curricula will provide a clearer and more concise description of what a doctor will be able to do on completion of training and define the expected level of competence for each stage of training.

We thank the Curriculum Committee, lead by Dr Jane Phillips-Hughes, for their excellent work on this project and everyone who took part in the consultation process.  

Next steps

A decision is expected from the GMC in October 2019.  Assuming approval, the curriculum will be implemented from August 2020.  A full programme of support will be available and details will be published following approval by the GMC.