Shape of training

We will introduce a new two-level, run through specialty training programme by 2023, ensuring it is flexible, fulfilling and fit-for-purpose. Find out what to expect in our new document and resources, including updates to our curriculum, Progress+.

Healthcare is changing and the paediatric training programme needs to adapt in order to prepare doctors for this. Our new guide sets out the RCPCH principles for postgraduate paediatric training, and how to apply them within local training programmes.

In 2013 the government-commissioned UK "Shape of training" report outlined changes to medical training to ensure the workforce meets the health service's future needs. We welcome this as an opportunity to reframe and refocus our current training programme,
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We understand that as current or prospective trainees, or as educational supervisors, you'll have some questions about how these changes will affect you and your colleagues. We've been speaking with clinicians around the country - and we're answering common queries.
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"Every patient encounter is a learning opportunity." Our VP for Training and Assessment has been working with the College and other clinicians to develop this new programme. In September 2020, we spoke to David about what to expect from the future training programme.

Information for Service Leads - implications of changes

We asked David Evans, Vice President for Training and Assessment, and Nicola Jay, Officer for Workforce Planning and Health Services to tell us more about Shape of training, the new training pathway and what the implications will be for service leads. To find out more, watch our short video.

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