Transition of current trainees to the new curricula

26 Apr 2022

Transition of current trainees to the new curricula 

The JRCPTB has produced the guidance below on managing the transfer of current trainees to the new curricula for group 1 specialties and internal medicine. 

What needs to be done at this year’s ARCPs / before August 2022? 

Following discussion between the educational supervisor and trainee, the educational supervisor (ES) should record in the ES report that the trainee is transferring to the new curriculum. If it has been agreed that the trainee is to remain on the previous curriculum this must also be recorded, including confirmation of postgraduate dean approval if the trainee is not in their final year or covered by the GMC approved exemptions (see JRCPTB transition guidance). 

For trainees transferring to the new curricula, the CCT date should be reviewed to ensure that the dual specialty requirements of the new curricula are likely to be met within the anticipated period of training and a change made if necessary.  

When should the gap analysis take place? 

The gap analysis should take place at the start of the new training year, following this year’s ARCPs. The ES and trainees should meet in the first few weeks of the placement to review what the trainee has done to date and identify any training needs in order to acquire both the specialty and IM capabilities. The JRCPTB will add new programmes and curricula to the ePortfolio accounts of those trainees who have transferred to the new curricula.

How is the gap analysis recorded?

A form is available on the ePortfolio to record the gap analysis via the Progression – Supervisor’s Report – All Forms tab. Please note the version for group 1 specialties should be used as this includes the review of IM capabilities. The form can be created by the trainee or educational supervisor and if there is a separate educational supervisor for IM, they should complete the IM sections of the form. A copy of the form and detailed guidance is provided here

Trainees in the new group 1 specialties of Genitourinary Medicine, Neurology and Palliative Medicine 

We recommend that for trainees in new group 1 specialties transferring curricula, the CCT date is extended to reflect the new four year dual programme. It is likely that the trainee will be able to acquire specialty capabilities more quickly because of previous training and the CCT can be amended later in training if appropriate.

Some trainees in the new group 1 specialties will have undertaken IM placements in preparation for transition to the new curricula and this should be considered at the ARCP. A holistic assessment of the training that the trainee has undertaken should be carried out and if satisfactory progress has been achieved then an ARCP outcome 1 should be used. An outcome 2 may be more appropriate if it is felt that the inclusion of IM training has affected specialty training and this outcome would be used as an indicator that the trainee is changing curricula and their progress in both specialty and IM training should be closely monitored.