Nuclear Medicine

About the specialty: 

Nuclear Medicine is the specialty responsible for the administration of unsealed radioactive substances to patients for the purposes of diagnosis, therapy or research. Nuclear medicine trainees will be expected to combine their skills as a physician with that of a physiological imager to solve diagnostic problems. They will provide a unique insight into the pathophysiology of disease and where appropriate offer a radionuclide therapeutic option for treatment. Trainees will require appropriate instruction in the clinical, scientific and legal aspects of the specialty.

Specialists in Nuclear Medicine have ultimate responsibility for Nuclear Medicine services and must hold the appropriate certificate from Health Ministers to administer radioactive substances. 

Entry into Nuclear Medicine training is possible following successful completion of both a foundation programme and a core training programme. There are two core training programmes for Nuclear Medicine training:

  • Core Medical Training (CMT)
  • Acute Care Common Stem - Acute Medicine (ACCS-AM)
Latest news and developments: 

A new curriculum leading to a dual CCT in Nuclear Medicine and Clinical Radiology has been approved by the GMC and will be implemented in August 2021. 

Doctors currently in training will transfer to the new curriculum in August 2021 unless in their final year of training. Please see our transition page for further information.


A new curriculum for dual training in Nuclear Medicine and Clinical Radiology has been approved by the GMC and will be implemented in August 2021. 

PDF icon 2021 Nuclear Medicine curriculum 030321

The curriculum for each specialty defines the process of training and the competencies needed for the award of a certificate of completion of training (CCT). The curriculum includes the assessment system for measuring trainees’ progress comprising workplace based assessment and knowledge based assessment.

PDF icon 2014 Nuclear Medicine curriculum

Previous versions of the curriculum are no longer available online but copies can be requested from

ARCP Decision Aids: 

The ARCP decision aid for each specialty defines the targets that have to be achieved for a satisfactory ARCP outcome at the end of each training year. 

PDF icon Nuclear Medicine ARCP Decision Aid

Forms and guidance: 

Guidance for trainees on 2014 curriculum

The document below provides guidance to trainees on the 2014 curriculum including enrolment, eportfolio, ARCP process and routes to specialist registration.

PDF icon Guidance for Nuclear Medicine trainees updated Oct 2018

2017 National Trainee Survey reports

The following reports are based on the results of the 2017 National Trainee Survey. For copies of older reports email

PDF icon 2017 NTS Nuclear Medicine Generic Indicators

PDF icon 2017 NTS Nuclear Medicine Specialty Specific Questions