Specialty specific guidance for CESR in Anaesthetics

The new Anaesthetics curriculum was published in July 2021. For a short transition period, applicants could make a CESR application against either the new curriculum or the previous version. This option is no longer available in GMC Online and any new CESR applications opened will be assessed against the new curriculum only.

Any applications which were opened either before or during the transition period referred to above must be submitted by 4 August 2022 to be considered against the previous version of the curriculum. Any applications submitted after this date will be assessed against the new 2021 curriculum.

Specialty specific guidance

We’ve produced guidance documents for each version of the curriculum with the Royal College of Anaesthetists.

How to apply

You can apply through your GMC Online account.

2021 curriculum

Our standards for postgraduate medical curricula are Excellence by design and the framework for Generic professional capabilities. These help postgraduate medical training programmes focus trainee assessment away from an exhaustive list of individual competencies, towards fewer broad capabilities needed to practise safely from your first day as a consultant.

As a result, the 2021 Anaesthetics curricula are outcomes based. This means trainees will be assessed against the fundamental capabilities required of consultants in the working week. These include the general skills which all doctors need to have as well as those needed to carry out all the specific day to day tasks undertaken by a consultant anaesthetist (Curriculum Domains).