Standards, guidance and curricula
From medical school to postgraduate education, we set the standards and expected outcomes for medical education and training in the UK. We regulate all stages of doctors' professional development, including training for qualified doctors who want to specialise.
Standards and outcomes
We set the standards expected of medical training organisations. We also set the outcomes students and doctors in training should achieve. Our five publications set out in detail what these standards and outcomes are.
To help you apply our standards in practice we produce guidance. This guidance outlines how our standards and outcomes can be met and looks at over a dozen areas in more detail.
Sometimes we are asked for help in interpreting our guidance. Our section on position statements looks at areas where we've been asked to provide more help. The latest five statements are listed below.
Medical education projects
Medicine never stops changing and improving, so education and training must keep up. Our projects tackle any subject which may impact on education now and in the future. The latest five projects we've been working on are listed below.
We make sure that royal colleges meet the standards we set to deliver high quality training. We approve the curricula they create for 65 specialties and 32 sub-specialties.
Dual certificate of completion of training (CCT) pairings are programmes of training across two or more specific areas of medicine, which we approve. Deaneries and local offices deliver these programmes according to the approved specialty curricula.