Specialty specific changes for Psychiatry of Learning Disability

The 2022 Psychiatry of Learning Disability curriculum was published in August 2022.

For a transition period you can make your CESR application against either the new curriculum or the previous version of the curriculum. 

This option is available until the transition deadline of 11:59pm (GMT) on 29 November 2023.

Specialty specific guidance

The Royal College of Psychiatrists and GMC have produced guidance for the evidence expected for each version of the curriculum:

How to apply

You can apply through your GMC Online account.

When choosing your application specialty, please make sure you choose the curriculum version that you wish to be assessed against – 2016 or 2022, as the application structure is tailored to the above specialty specific guidance version.

2022 curriculum

Our standards for postgraduate medical curricula are Excellence by design and the framework for Generic professional capabilities. These help postgraduate medical training programmes re-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 2022 psychiatry 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 (our generic professional capabilities) as well as those needed to carry out all the specific day-to-day tasks carried out by a consultant psychiatrist (higher level outcomes).

Clinical skills and knowledge in psychiatry specialties are developed and evidenced in the 2022 curricula by achievement of nine learning outcomes, which embed the generic professional capabilities.