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Postgraduate standards and guidance

Our role in postgraduate medical education and training

We regulate all stages of doctors' training and professional development in the UK. This includes setting and reviewing the standards and outcomes for postgraduate medical education and training.

We set standards for the education and training of all trainee doctors, from those just beginning their careers in the Foundation Programme right up to the award of a certificate of completion of training (CCT).

We also set the standards that postgraduate education providers must meet and the expectations that doctors in training can have about the education and training they will receive. This includes the standards for specialty training curricula and assessments, including those for general practice.

We do this in consultation with other health sector organisations, doctors, patients and anyone else with an interest in medical education.

Postgraduate standards and guidance

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Promoting excellence: standards for medical education and training

Standards for medical education and training in the UK, coming into effect on 1 January 2016.

The Trainee Doctor (pdf) will be available till then.


Outcomes for provisionally registered doctors with a licence to practise

The outcomes we expect foundation year one (F1) doctors to meet when they apply for full registration.


Standards for curricula and assessment systems

Standards for curricula and assessment systems

The standards we use to evaluate all specialty training curricula and assessment systems, including those for general practice.

Equality and diversity guidance for curricula and assessment systems

Guidance for medical Royal Colleges and Faculties explaining the equality and diversity evidence we require when approving changes to curricula, examinations and assessment systems.