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Updates to the core curriculum, August 2016

This page outlines revisions to the core curriculum effective as of 3 August 2016.

The General Medical Council (GMC) has approved the revisions, which are also reflected in the ePortfolio.

The updated version replaces the previous (2013) curriculum. All trainees (SpRs, STs and academic trainees) must transfer to the new curriculum from August 2016, with the exception of those entering their final year of training (ST7) in August 2016, who remain on the previous version.

Key points

  • No new competencies have been added to the curriculum
  • Some existing competencies have been updated to reflect current terminology
  • Some existing competencies have been revised to encourage a higher level of trainee awareness and knowledge of certain areas
  • Two training courses and an additional assessment (via OSATS) have been introduced which are mandatory for successful progression from ST2 to ST3
  • At the 2017 ARCPs, all trainees should be assessed against the competencies in the 2016 version of the curriculum and logbook on the ePortfolio

Changes to the curriculum

Each change is listed below, along with the level of training affected.

Part 3 MRCOG

  • All trainees must pass the Part 3 MRCOG before progressing to ST6
  • The revised curriculum includes references to the Part 3 MRCOG exam where relevant

Perinatal mental health

  • We have updated module 9 competencies in line with the revised knowledge criteria that must be demonstrated
  • From August 2016, ST2 trainees and above must have these revised competencies signed off at basic, intermediate and advanced level
  • Trainees moving into ST6 from August 2016 must complete the revised competencies at advanced level

Female genital mutilation (FGM)

  • The eLearning for Health resource on FGM is now mandatory within module 1 
  • All trainees commencing ST2 from August 2016 must complete this resource
  • Trainees must also now demonstrate knowledge of the ethical and legal issues of FGM as part of module 4 - from August 2016, ST3 trainees must complete this competency at intermediate level

RoBUST course (or equivalent)

  • The RoBUST course (or equivalent) must be completed by the end of ST2
  • From August 2016, ST2 trainees must complete the RoBUST course (or fulfil equivalent competencies) in module 11 to progress to ST3
  • Trainees entering ST3 from August 2016 must complete the RoBUST course (or equivalent) (if they have not already done so) before entering ST4

Step-up course (or equivalent)

  • Step-up course (or equivalent) must be completed by the end of ST2
  • From August 2016, ST2 trainees must undertake resilience training, a Step-up course (or equivalent) as part of module 10 to prepare for their roles and responsibilities at ST3
  • Trainees entering ST3 from August 2016 must complete the Step-up course (or equivalent) - if they have not already done so - before entering ST4

Laparoscopic simulation

  • Laparoscopic simulation via OSATS must be completed by the end of ST2
  • From August 2016, ST2 trainees must undertake an assessment in laparoscopic simulation via OSATS in module 5 before entering ST3
  • One formative OSATS for laparoscopic simulation is required by all trainees commencing ST1 from August 2016 onwards. There is some flexibility to complete in ST2, but must be before ST3.

Stillbirth and in-utero fetal death

  • We have updated module 8 competencies in line with the revised knowledge criteria that must be demonstrated
  • From August 2016, ST3 trainees must be signed off for providing appropriate care to women diagnosed with a stillbirth at both intermediate and advanced level

Reasons for the changes

The above revisions provide trainees with the opportunity to increase their overall awareness and understanding of a number of important issues. This is reflected in the updated terminology throughout and the slight increase in the level of competence required in some areas.

Raising awareness of these issues is an essential part of managing and improving women’s health and ensuring the care our patients receive is of the highest standard.

Elsewhere on the site

Assessment of training
Information about sign-off of competencies, workplace-based assessments, ARCPs and more
Resources and support for trainees
Training guidelines, advice, useful resources and sources of support for trainees