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.

04.11.21: Training Recovery after COVID-19

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:


For all exams COVID-19 updates, click here.

Continuing professional development

PDF icon CPD requirements and the impact of COVID-19

Royal Colleges of Physicians COVID-19 information hubs