New trainee curricula

The College is pleased to announce the launch of the new Psychiatry core and specialty curricula.

GMC approval

We are delighted to confirm GMC approval, with some minor actions. The GMC comments that the curricula are ‘user friendly and easy to read’ and the placement specific Personal Development Plans (PDPs) being introduced are ‘an innovative and useful resource for trainees and trainers’.
Curricula review 2021-2024


The new curricula formally launch in August 2022, but all new starter CT1s and ST4s will move to use them at the beginning of February. This helps us to refine our implementation plans ahead of the main transition.

The new curricula, Silver Guide and exemplar placement specific PDPs will be available on the implementation hub before Christmas and our implementation programme begins in full in January.

The key development work on the new curricula has been undertaken by the Specialty Advisory Committees and the Curricula Review Working Group, ably led by Dr John Russell, Associate Dean for Curricula.

Dean’s mission

The College's Dean, Professor Subodh Dave said:

“As Dean, I want to make the link between education and practice explicit and to make training personally meaningful and flexible, putting patients at the heart of everything we do. The new curricula, together with the academic and assessment strategy reviews that the college is undertaking, will all help to achieve that.”

New framework

Curricula review framework 2022

Silver Guide

This is the definitive source of information for core and specialty training in Psychiatry.

ILOs to HLOs

The core curriculum had intended learning outcomes, supported by 319 competencies. We have refined and streamlined these, replacing 19 ILOs with 9 high level outcomes (HLOs) supported by 70 key capabilities.


Workplace-based assessments and reflective practice continue to provide evidence of achievement.

Placement specific PDPs

These will be developed at the start of a placement: trainees and trainers can select key capabilities and identify activities that can be undertaken to achieve these. Trainees and trainers will review progress on a regular basis, add further capabilities and adjust the activities as required.

Each placement specific PDP will evidence the trainee’s progress during the placement and will form the basis of the Psychiatric Supervision Report. This will then help inform the Educational Supervisor report and ARCP decision and feed into the next PDP, especially for trainees needing performance support.

Each specialty is developing PDPs that can be used as examples of how they could be completed.

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