Specialty specific guidance for CESR in Histopathology

The new Histopathology curriculum was published in 2021. For a transition period, you can make a CESR application against either the new curriculum or the previous version.

This option is available until the transition deadline of 31 August 2022.

Specialty specific guidance

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

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 tell us 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 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.

The 2021 Histopathology curriculum will be assessed by High Level Outcomes. These 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. This is a method of using the professional judgement of 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 Histopathology training programme following completion of a UK foundation training programme or equivalent.

Trainees in the four Cellular Pathology specialties, including Histopathology, will enter a period of Integrated Cellular Pathology Training (ICPT), which is 2.5 years of training. After two years of ICPT, trainees will either continue  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.

This higher specialty training starts from 2.5 years and will need 2.5-3.5 years of extra training. CESR applicants will be expected to show equivalence to both ICPT and Histopathology specialty training.

To submit your CESR application against the 2021 curriculum, it is recommended that you contact the Training Department for further advice before you complete your application.