College launches new curricula pilot

Online news
02 February 2022

This week, the College is launching a pilot roll-out of all curricula for CT1 and ST4 new starter trainees. This is part of the ongoing curricula review and the new curricula will begin on Wednesday 2 February.

The General Medical Council (GMC) has endorsed this pilot which will give the College invaluable feedback on the curricula and on our implementation plans and systems. By listening to the views of all stakeholders, especially trainees and trainers, we can reflect, learn and enhance our plans. This will help ensure that we can implement the new curricula for everyone else as seamlessly as possible from August.

When the pilot starts, around 300 people in total will start core and higher training on the new curricula

The Portfolio Online platform has been changed to reflect the introduction of new placement-specific personal development plans and have run train the trainer sessions to bring those trainers impacted by these changes up to speed. Don’t worry though – everything will work just as you are used to it working. 

New resources are being added all the time to the curricula implementation hub, including:

The College is excited by the flexibility that this will bring to training, driven by the placement specific personal development plans that will underpin the achievement of the key capabilities for each of the nine high-level outcomes. 

All that was good about our previous psychiatry training has been kept, while concentrating the rest to be much more relevant and more focussed. This is entirely in line with the GMC’s Excellence by design approach, ensuring that patient safety is paramount. 

Dr John Russell, Associate Dean for Curricula, said: 

"We embarked on this work in 2018 and it is enormously satisfying to see it come to fruition now. Huge thanks are due to all those (acknowledged in the Silver Guide) who have worked so hard to develop this new framework which we genuinely believe will enhance psychiatry training and deliver much needed, highly capable consultants."

All new starter CT1s and ST4s will be moving to the new curricula on 2 February 2022 – around 300 people in total. By running this smaller pilot we can refine our implementation plans ahead of the main transition and prepare everyone as well as possible for the changes to the curricula framework. 

Dr Adrian James, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said:

"This has been a mammoth task and John has done a fantastic job in co-creating these curricula with the SAC and sub-specialty chairs and members and help from our trainee, parents and carers, racial equality and exams representatives. We owe him, and them, a huge debt of gratitude for all of their time and contributions."