Tell us what you think about proposed curricula changes

From August 2021 new Psychiatry training curricula will be implemented – with the aim of making the curricula more flexible, relatable and succinct.

If you’re a trainee or trainer working in the UK, this change may affect you and we’d love to hear your thoughts about what we’ve got in mind. Information about how to feed back is below.


We’re reviewing all ten psychiatry curricula in line with the GMC’s two stage curricula approval process. The first stage of the GMC’s requirement for all specialities, an application to the Curriculum Oversight Group (COG), has been submitted and approved for all specialties.

The next stage of the process is for the College to write the content for all curricula under the new framework and submit applications to the Curriculum Advisory Group (CAG).

The Curricula Revision Working Group and speciality/sub-speciality specific working groups have been tasked with writing brand new curricula for submission between February 2020-August 2020.

The aim of the project is to create relatable, succinct, flexible and comprehensive curricula that are easily accessible by trainees and trainers alike.

We are using feedback gained from our stakeholder engagement process to ensure that the new curricula are user friendly and reflective of clinical practice.

All of the new curricula will be mapped to the GMC’s Generic Professional Capabilities (PDF) framework, and will have the same nine domains of learning. The structure of the new curricula will be as follows;

  • High Level Outcomes (WHY)- High-Level Outcomes (HLOs) are the over-arching objectives a trainee needs to complete in order to obtain a CCT in a specialty or progress to higher training. HLOs are aligned to the GPC framework.
  • Key Capabilities (WHAT)- Key capabilities are broad requirements under each HLO domain that must be achieved by trainees within the specialty training programme.
  • Illustrations (HOW)- These are examples of how key capabilities can be achieved; these are not mandatory but convey ways in which you could complete each requirement.

We have taken a “Why, What, How” approach when developing the framework, to provide a clear structure on what needs to be achieved and how trainees can achieve this to ensure there is no ambiguity.

Tell us what you think

Please view the full proposed curricula framework (PDF) for more information and let us know your thoughts on the changes to our training curricula via our online form.

Your feedback is invaluable to us and we want to ensure all stakeholders are able to feedback on the curricula that will form the future of psychiatry training from August 2021.

If you have any further queries or comments, please do not hesitate to contact the curricula team at

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