The Curriculum Committee is concerned with the maintenance and implementation of the Clinical Radiology Specialty Training Curriculum, and any sub-specialty curricula, in line with the standards required by the GMC (General Medical Council).
The role of the committee:
- To review, maintain and update the specialty training curricula for Clinical Radiology and its sub-specialty(ies) in line with the standards required by the GMC
- To review and develop methods of workplace-based assessment (WpBA) to support training as defined by the published curricula and meeting the standards of assessment required by the GMC
- To review and develop supporting documents and materials relating to curricula and WpBA
- To advise on the use of the ePortfolio to support the curricula and WpBA.
- To report to the Specialty Training Board on all matters pertaining to the curricula and WpBA
Term of office
The lay member is asked to serve a term of three years, with the option to serve a further one-year term with agreement between the lay representative and the Chair of the committee. Terms will generally begin on 1 September.
Role and responsibilities
The specialty training curricula contain a substantial amount of specialty specific information in respect of which the lay member will not be expected to comment. However, the delivery of training, the type and nature of trainee assessment and supervision, and generic curriculum competencies which include (among other issues) behaviours in the workplace, relationships with colleagues and patients, patient safety, leadership/management development, equality and diversity and teaching and training will benefit from a lay perspective.
The skills and experience required by the lay members for this role include an interest in the delivery of training, and education and assessment; curriculum development experience may be beneficial. An interest in radiology services and their impact may also be useful.
Much of the work is carried out remotely. No RCR curricula are published in hard copy. The person appointed will need to be comfortable with this and have access to appropriate IT equipment and connectivity.
Currently there are two relevant curricula – the specialty training curriculum for clinical radiology, and the subspecialty training curriculum for interventional radiology. See the current curricula, along with previous curricula.
Lay Member Network
Lay people who serve on RCR boards, committees, etc are also automatically members of the Lay Member Network, which meets twice a year – generally in spring and autumn. The Lay Member Network meetings bring all lay members together to learn more about and discuss the Colleges’ activities and aims on a broad front and allow opportunity for networking. The topics discussed at Network meetings are wide-ranging, usually affecting both the College’s specialties, or are of general impact on medicine or healthcare. Meetings are chaired by the President (or a Vice-President) and attended by the Vice-Presidents and College staff members. The structure of Lay Member Network meetings is deliberately fluid to enable a two-way exchange of information and views.
At least two meetings are held per year, which can last for up to three hours; other meetings may be scheduled ad hoc. These may take place in-person, usually in London, or virtually. Reading and preparation time is also required and this will vary according to the scale of the curriculum review and revision at the time.
In addition, the time commitment in respect of the Lay Member Network is to attend two meetings a year, plus any other ad hoc meetings that may arise. The time commitment for each meeting is about two hours, plus travelling and preparation time.
The RCR will meet reasonable expenses incurred by a lay member attending meetings in line with the RCR Travel and Expenses Policy and is happy to discuss help with IT requirements to enable participation in meetings taking place remotely.
If the lay member attends an external meeting that is of interest to him/her, prior agreement with the College should be arranged that the lay member is attending on behalf of the College and is therefore able to claim travel expenses. Expenses for any meeting that the lay member is attending out of personal interest and not on behalf of the College cannot be claimed back through the RCR.
Lay people will from time to time be provided with documents at various stages of development, prior to their formal approval and publication. Lay members will always be asked to keep such drafts confidential, and not disclose any confidential information to an outside person or organisation.