Specialty specific guidance for CESR in Paediatric and Perinatal Pathology

We have now published the new curriculum for Paediatric and Perinatal Pathology. Due to its significant changes, you can make a CESR application against either the new curriculum or the previous version.

This option of dual running of curricula for CESR applicants will be available until 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 declare which curriculum version you wish to be assessed against in sequence one. 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 Paediatric and Perinatal Pathology 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 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 Paediatric and Perinatal Pathology training programme following satisfactory completion of a UK foundation training programme or equivalent.

Trainees in the four Cellular Pathology specialties, including Paediatric and Perinatal Pathology, 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 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 Paediatric and Perinatal Pathology).

This higher specialty training commences 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 Paediatric and Perinatal Pathology 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.