Curricula review project

Specialty Curricula (ST4-ST6) Consultation - August 2020


We welcome feedback on our proposed new curricula for trainee Consultant Psychiatrists (ST4-6). 

The proposed curricula will have 9 High Level Outcomes (HLOs) and 14 Key Capability domains, as well as a range of capabilities. 

The proposed curriculum framework includes the Silver Guide (a mini version of the Gold Guide relevant to psychiatry), the specialty curriculum document, as well as training guides to help explain to trainees and trainers how to achieve the required capabilities. 

Links to each specialty curricula can be found as follows:

All regulated mandatory elements of the curricula must be accessible for all trainees across the UK. 

To provide feedback on the above curricula, please complete our online feedback form by Wednesday 16 September 2020.

We intend to develop additional training guides for psychiatry trainees to work with people with eating disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, neuropsychiatric disorders, as well in perinatal psychiatry and military psychiatry where experience is available.

The proposed new curricula have been developed by the RCPsych Curricula Revision Working Group (CRWG) over the last 18 months with representation from patients, trainees, trainee support, Specialty Advisory Committees (SACs), Equivalence Committee, Examinations Sub-committee and other relevant stakeholders. 

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on our proposed curricula. 

For further details, please contact:

June 2020 Project Update

In light of COVID-19 and current pressures on our clinical colleagues, the GMC have announced that they will be postponing submissions to the Curriculum Advisory Group (CAG). This is to ensure that there is no added pressure at this difficult time. It has been agreed that all remaining submissions to the GMC for Psychiatry will take place in October 2020. Submissions now due in October are as follows:

  • Adult Psychiatry
  • Old Age Psychiatry
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Medical Psychotherapy
  • Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability
  • Addiction Psychiatry (sub-specialty)
  • Rehabilitation Psychiatry (sub-specialty)
  • Liaison Psychiatry (sub-specialty)
  • Liaison Psychiatry (post-CCT credential).

Further information regarding timescales and the impact on implementation will be circulated in due course. At present, we are still aiming for implementation in August 2021. In the meantime, if you have any queries or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Pauline Whitelaw, Curricula & Quality Assurance manager at

Why review the curricula?

We're conducting an extensive revision of all psychiatric training curricula, to be completed by the end of 2020.

This will meet the new standards set by the GMC, and make sure the training programme is in line with the principles of the Shape of Training review.

The aim of the new framework is to ensure a clear purpose for each curricula, including High-Level Outcomes (HLOs) and Key Capabilities (KCs).

New High Level Outcomes 

Please see the new GMC approved Core Psychiatry High Level Learning Outcomes (HLOs) of the 2020 Curriculum (PDF)

Please see the new GMC approved Specialist Training High Level Outcomes (HLOs) of the new 2020 Curriculum (PDF)

Please see the new GMC approved Sub-Specialty High Level Outcomes (HLOs) of the new 2020 Curriculum (PDF)

Get in contact to receive further information regarding a career in psychiatry