Training and coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for trainees and trainers

We know that at this time the uncertainties about what will happen around exams, training and progression are causing considerable anxiety. We are working with the GMC, national training organisations, heads of schools and training programme directors in the UK to develop approaches to minimise the disruption to trainees’ progression. 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 COVID-19 pandemic will lead to changes in learning opportunities for trainees in clinical radiology, interventional radiology and clinical oncology, both in terms of experiences and in assessment. Their ability to complete rotations in specific elements of training may be compromised and, at a time when clinical teams are likely to be stretched significantly, opportunities for specific workplace-based assessments (WPBAs) may be limited. Forthcoming FRCR examinations have been cancelled – see separate statement on the FRCR examinations. Implementation of the new clinical radiology and interventional radiology curricula has been postponed until 2021 - see the curriculum webpages for further information.  Supervisors, TPDs and heads of school may have limited capacity to engage with educational processes.

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 26 March 2020