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Education and training in the context of COVID-19

Update (1 April 2020)

We understand that many trainees are concerned about the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their training and progression through the programme.

The RCOG has been working with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC), Health Education England (HEE), General Medical Council (GMC) and the Conference of Postgraduate Medical Deans (COPMeD) to support our trainees in these extraordinary circumstances.


The AoMRC, COPMed and GMC have released a statement making it clear that trainees in programmes will not be disadvantaged by missing exams because of circumstances outwith their control related to COVID-19. Progression through training that is dependent on exam success will not be automatically halted but will be based on evidence of competence and capability, with the expectation that the exam is successfully completed at a future sitting.

Read the full statement.


The four UK statutory education bodies – HEE, NHS Education for Scotland (NES), Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW), Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency (NIMDTA) – have issued a statement setting out their contingency planning for ARCPs.

Read the full statement.

Other impacts on training and education

HEE has issued guidance to all Trusts on the management of training progammes in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak, to ensure the welfare of junior doctors is protected and they are supported to practise safely. Read the full letter.

HEE, NES, HEIW and NIMDTA have also issued joint guidance regarding medical education and training under current circumstances. Read the full statement.

We will keep this page updated as more information becomes available.