Specialty specific guidance for Diagnostic Neuropathology

The new Diagnostic Neuropathology curriculum was published in 2021. For a period of 12 months, applicants could make a CESR application against either the new curriculum or the previous version. This option is no longer available.

Any new CESR applications opened will be assessed against the new curriculum.

Specialty specific guidance

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

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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.

The 2021 Diagnostic Neuropathology 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 Diagnostic Neuropathology training programme following completion of a UK foundation training programme or equivalent.

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

Trainees will either decide to continue in Histopathology specialty training (and declare whether they wish to undertake Higher Autopsy Training pre-CCT) after two years of ICPT. Or they can apply for training in one of the three other Cellular Pathology specialties (such as Diagnostic Neuropathology).

This higher specialty training starts from 2.5 years and will need around 2.5-3.5 years of extra training. CESR applicants will need to show equivalence to both ICPT and Diagnostic Neuropathology specialty training.

It is recommended that you contact the RCPath Training Department for further advice before you complete your application.