The current outbreak of COVID-19 is a rapidly changing situation and so we have created this information hub to support examination candidates, trainees, trainers and consultants who need to maintain and record their continuing professional development.

Below you will find links to the latest guidance, advice and resources in the areas of MRCP(UK) examinations, training and CPD.  We will continue to update and develop these pages to support you as the situation develops.

ARCP guidance 

In the present ARCP process it should be emphasised that outcomes which have been described in Gold Guide 8th edition (GG8) must be used. It is important that ARCP panels make a holistic judgement on trainee progression using the GG8-compliant and GMC-approved COVID-19 decision aids. If a trainee has met these amended requirements they should be issued an outcome 1 or an outcome 6 if they are at the end of that phase of training. An outcome 10.1 or 10.2 should only be awarded when a trainee is achieving progress and the development of competences/capabilities at the expected rate but the acquisition of some capabilities (eg mandatory courses, professional examinations) has been delayed by the impact of COVID-19.

Webinar 'Training progression in the age of COVID-19'

If you missed our webinar on Wednesday 12 May, you can watch it below.

Core Training

IMT Stage 1 ARCP outcomes and guidance for 2021

Please also see checklists available in the ARCP decision aid section of the internal medicine webpage.

ACCS-AM CT3 ARCP guidance 2021

Please also see documents available inn the ARCP decision aid section of the ACCS webpage.

ARCP outcomes for CMT, ACCS-AM and BBT trainees who are expecting to finish this programme in August 2020

Higher Training

JRCPTB temporary derogations to HST curricula 2021

ARCPs during COVID-19 Pandemic: Specific specialty advice for Medical Specialties

ARCP decision aid for JRCPTB specialties during the COVID-19 pandemic 

Please also see the ARCP COVID training progression FAQsAdapted ARCP decision aids for Genitourinary Medicine and Palliative Medicine are available on the ARCP decision aids page. Specialty specific advice for the infection specialties is also available on the Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine webpage

Training and trainee progression

Trainees’ welfare is very important to us and we hope that the following information provides clarity at an uncertain time and will allow trainees to plan for the coming months.

11.5.21: ARCP COVID training progression FAQs May 2021

28.4.21: Webinar: Training and progression in the age of COVID-19, 12 May 2021 at 6pm

24.02.21: Training Matters: February 2021 issue

02.02.21: Alternative Certificate to enter Group 1 Higher Physician Specialty Training 2022

15.12.20: Restarting training for trainees that have been shielding or are displaced

10.11.20: Redeployment during COVID-19

20.10.20 Temporary suspension of Penultimate Year Assessments (PYAs) for physicianly specialties

25.09.20: Free access to the ePortfolio for trainees who have left CMT without full MRCP(UK) or an ST3 post

26.03.20: Advanced Life Support (ALS) certification and working in acute medicine

20.03.20: Help for trainees at the front line

16.03.20: Recognition of trainee progression in 2020

15.03.20: Guidance on Core Medical Trainees acting up as a Medical Registrar

Outpatient experience:

Requirements for Outpatient experience in Internal Medicine (IMS1) Training

Guidance to trainees learning teleconsultation outpatient skills

Podcast: Training progression during COVID-19:


22.03.21: Written exams update

22.03.21: PACES exams update

08.03.21: COVID-19 Antigen testing (Lateral Flow Tests)

08.03.21: Written exams update

08.03.21 PACES exams update

22.02.21: Written exams update

22.02.21: PACES exams update

17.02.21: Access to MRCP(UK) Part 1 and Part 2 Written Examinations for UK candidates

08.02.21: Written exams update

08.02.21: PACES exam update

25.01.21: Written exams update

25.01.21: PACES exam update

12.01.21: Important statement about UK PACES examinations

11.01.21: Written exam update

11.01.21: 2021/1 MRCP(UK) Part 2 to run completely online

08.01.21: Why we had to cancel the Part 1 examination in physical centres in the UK

07.01.21: Important update on the MRCP(UK) Part 1 Examination in the UK on 12 January 2021

14.12.20: Written exam weekly update

14.12.20: PACES exam weekly update

07.12.20: Written exams weekly update

07.12.20: PACES exam weekly update

03.12.20: Updated regulations for candidates sitting online examinations

30.11.20: Written exams weekly update

30.11.20: PACES exam weekly update

25.11.20: Prioritisation of candidates in UK training for PACES 2021/1

23.11.20: Written exams weekly update

23.11.20: PACES exam weekly update

16.11.20: Written exams weekly update

16.11.20: PACES exam weekly update

10.11.20: UK PACES cancelled centres

09.11.20: PACES exams weekly update

09.11.20: Written exams weekly update

02.11.20: PACES exams weekly update

02.11.20: Written exams weekly update

26.10.20: PACES exams weekly update

26.10.20: Written exams weekly update

19.10.20: PACES exams weekly update

19.10.20: Written exams weekly update

12.10.20: PACES exams weekly update

12.10.20: Written exams weekly update

30.09.20: Additional November date announced for MRCP(UK) Part 1 written examinations for UK candidates

16.09.20: New COVID-19 guidelines for UK PACES in 2020

16.09.20: Part 1 online exam

04.08.20: Recommencing MRCP(UK) Part 2

17.07.20: Applying for UK PACES 2020/3

22.06.20: Extension of eligibility period during COVID-19 restrictions

17.06.20: MRCP(UK) clinical and written examinations to restart this Autumn

05.06.20: 2020/3 MRCP(UK) Part 1 - updated application dates

04.06.20: Delays issuing MRCP(UK Diplomas

01.06.20 SCE dates from September now confirmed

25.03.20: Transfer and refund information for cancelled exams

Continuing professional development

PDF icon CPD requirements and the impact of COVID-19

Royal Colleges of Physicians COVID-19 information hubs