Specialty specific guidance for CESR in Diagnostic Neuropathology

We have now published the new curriculum for Diagnostic neuropathology. Due to its significant changes, you can make a CESR application against either the new curriculum or the previous version of the curriculum. 

This option of dual running of curricula for CESR applicants will be available until 31 August 2022.

Specialty Specific Guidance (SSG)

The Royal College of Pathologists and GMC have produced guidance documents for each version of the curriculum.

How to apply

You can apply through your GMC online account. There is one application form which includes sections for both versions of the curricula. You should declare which curriculum version you wish to be assessed against in sequence one and only provide evidence in the sections of the application relevant to your curriculum.

2021 curriculum

Our new standards for postgraduate medical curricula Excellence by Design and its framework for Generic Professional Capabilities help postgraduate medical training programmes refocus trainee assessment away from an exhaustive list of individual competencies, towards fewer broad capabilities required to practise safely as a day-one consultant.

The 2021 Diagnostic neuropathology curriculum will be assessed by High Level Outcomes, which are included in the form of Capabilities in Practice (CiPs), CiPs describe the professional tasks or work within the scope of postgraduate pathology training; they are based on the format of entrustable professional activities, which are a method of using the professional judgement of appropriately trained assessors as a key aspect of the validity of assessment and a defensible way of forming global judgements of professional performance.

CCT trainees are eligible for entry to a Diagnostic neuropathology training programme following satisfactory completion of a UK foundation training programme or equivalent.

Trainees in the four Cellular Pathology specialties, including Diagnostic neuropathology, will initially enter a period of Integrated Cellular Pathology Training (ICPT), which is 2.5 years of training.

After two years of ICPT, trainees will either decide to continue in Histopathology specialty training (and declare whether they wish to undertake Higher Autopsy Training pre-CCT) or apply for training in one of the three other Cellular Pathology Specialties (such as Diagnostic neuropathology). This higher specialty training commences from 2.5 years and is anticipated to require in the range of 2.5-3.5 years of additional training.

CESR applicants will be expected to demonstrate equivalence to both ICPT and Diagnostic neuropathology specialty training.

If you want to submit your CESR application against the 2021 curriculum, it is recommended that you contact the Training Department at training@rcpath.org for further advice before you submit your application.