Quality assurance of training

Quality Assurance is an essential part of the management of education and training. The GMC requires Colleges to quality assure all aspects of training, notably in the areas of educational delivery and assessment, including examinations.

Annual Specialty Reports

The College submits an Annual Specialty Report (ASR) to the GMC every year. It is a concise summary of education and training in clinical radiology, from the perspective of the College. The ASR focuses on the College role in improving the quality of training for doctors and on concerns identified through our activity. A number of sources of evidence, including the annual GMC trainee survey results, the externality process and reports from training programmes, contribute to the compiling of the report.

Annual Specialty Report 2012/13


The GMC requires that there is external advice on all the processes of delivery, assessment and evaluation of specialty training. The RSA’s play a key role through their work as an external adviser::

External Adviser - RSAs are asked to attend the ARCPs of a different Deanery to the one in which they work to provide an independent but specialty specific perspective.

RSAs submit an External Adviser Report form to the College from each of these visits. The form includes guidance notes for the RSA.  Form available on the right.

Approval of New Posts and Programmes

The RCR is no longer involved with approval for new posts or programmes and this is now given by the GMC on the basis of applications made by the relevant deanery. Please refer to GMC's website where you will find the appropriate information and application forms.

If you have a query about a training post or programme approval, please contact:


Useful information

If you have any queries regarding quality assurance matters contact qatraining@rcr.ac.uk