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RCEM Curriculum

2021 & 2015 Curriculum plus Management Portfolio

2021 Curriculum

The General Medical Council (GMC), in its 2017 report ‘Excellence by Design’ has stated that the curricula for all medical specialties must be revised by 2021. The revised curricula must:

  • introduce Generic Professional Capabilities
  • be structured round a limited number of ‘Specialty Learning Outcomes’ – activities that describe the work of an independent clinician in each particular discipline
  • demonstrate stakeholder involvement in developing curricula
  • reduce assessment burden and avoid a ‘tick-box’ approach

We have received final approval from the GMC for the submitted curriculum for 2021. The Curriculum Sub-Committee would like to thank all those in the wider EM community who fed in to the development by answering surveys, asking questions of the team, and providing feedback. The 2021 Curriculum is available in an interactive format via the bespoke website here. A PDF version of the 2021 EM Curriculum  is also now available for download.

The new curriculum will be implemented on 4 August 2021.

             

We have also been working with our intercollegiate partners in Acute Care Common Stem (ACCS) training to describe the Curriculum for ACCS. The ACCS Learning Outcomes are 9 of the EM Speciality Learning Outcomes with additional Learning outcomes for Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine.

ARCP Checklist

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Twitter Q&A session
A live Twitter Q&A was held on 30 March 2021 to discuss our new curriculum – The transcript is now available to view.

If you would like to speak to a member of the curriculum development group in person, a list of regional contacts on the Curriculum Development Group is included below. Most work within the geographical region they cover. We will also attend educational and training events locally to explain and seek responses to our proposed curriculum.

To get in contact about the project or to provide feedback on our proposed approach please email curriculum@rcem.ac.uk.

If you would like to speak to a member of the curriculum development group in person, a list of regional contacts on the Curriculum Development Group is included below. Most work within the geographical region they cover. We will also attend educational and training events locally to explain and seek responses to our proposed curriculum.

Name Email Region covered
Amanda Farrow Amanda.Farrow2@wales.nhs.uk Wales
Dan Becker d.becker@nhs.net Midlands
Jason Long jason.long@ggc.scot.nhs.uk Scotland
Jill Stafford Jill.Stafford@setrust.hscni.net Northern Ireland
Malcolm Jones Malcolm.Jones@chsft.nhs.uk North East
Richard Parris drrichardparris@virginmedia.com North West
Russell Duncan (Chair) Russell.Duncan2@nhs.scot Scotland & South East
Thomas Wiles; thomaswiles@nhs.net North West
Will Townend (Dean) William.townend@hey.nhs.uk Yorkshire & London

2015 Curriculum

In August 2016 the 2015 curriculum was updated to reflect the new examination structure which was accepted by the GMC and implemented in the same month. The full main curriculum can be downloaded below.

Other related documentation can be found in the following links:

More information about WPBA and the new assessment schedule from August 2015 is on the RCEM website here: The 2015 RCEM WPBA schedule.

ALS courses

RCEM recognises current certification in the following courses as being equivalent to those mentioned in the curriculum and should be considered as such in evidence in the ARCP:

Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)

  • European Trauma Course (ETC)

Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS)

  • European Paediatric Life Support (EPLS); from 2016 European Paediatric Advanced Life Support (EPALS)

Advanced Life Support (ALS)

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

Please note that the RCEM Training Standards Committee has agreed that EMST (Early Management of Severe Trauma) can be accepted for entry to ST4, but currently ATLS or ETC is required for exit.

Management Portfolio

The College has produced guidance for the completion of the management portfolio component of the Emergency Medicine curriculum. The management portfolio is part of the workplace-based assessment (WPBA) schedule for higher training and should be completed within ST3-ST6.  Trainees are required to complete a minimum of four assignments which must include the two mandatory assignments: ‘Managing a complaint’ and ‘Managing a critical incident’. At least one of the four assignments must include working with other specialties as part of the assignment. Trainees and trainers are encouraged to use benchmarking to ensure that the four assignments are at the standard expected of a newly appointed consultant.

The guidance contains a list of other Management Portfolio topics and examples of benchmarking criteria for the two mandatory assignments. It will also be useful for specialty doctors gathering evidence for a CESR application.

Benchmark sheets are also available for the following non-mandatory assignments. Please note that the management course benchmarking sheet can also be utilised to benchmark any of the management training domain projects (leadership, equality and diversity or other relevant).

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