Training and coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for trainees and trainers

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to changes in ways of working and delivery of services across the NHS that impact on training, both in terms of experiences and opportunities for assessment.  It is clear that these changes are likely to remain in place for some time, and some may be permanent.  We are continuing to work with the GMC, national training organisations, heads of schools and training programme directors in the UK to develop approaches to maximise the learning opportunities for trainees in clinical radiology, interventional radiology, and clinical oncology, and to ensure that trainees are able to meet all curriculum requirements. Trainees’ welfare is very important to us and we will do all we can to provide clarity and reassurance to all involved in training. Please regularly check this section of the website for updates.

The ongoing impact of COVID-19 on trainee progression has been recognised with the extension of derogations to the Gold Guide.  The GMC and the four UK statutory education boards have confirmed that these will remain in place for as long as training is disrupted by the pandemic and will not be removed without prior consultation. The amendments made by the RCR to curriculum requirements and ARCP decision aids will also remain in place for this period.

During this period there may also be changes to FRCR examination sittings. Please see the examinations pages for further information.

This section of the website summarises the RCR’s current advice for trainees and trainers with the aim of ensuring that any disadvantages experienced in training are minimised and that trainees are appropriately supported. For further information and support please contact

Published 9 September 2020. Updated 21 September 2021