Specialty specific guidance for Sports and Exercise Medicine

The new Sport and Exercise Medicine curriculum was published in June 2021.

The deadline for CESR applications to apply against the previous version of the curriculum ended 31 May 2023. Any CESR applications submitted after this date will be assessed against the new curriculum.

Specialty specific guidance

The Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board and GMC have produced guidance for the evidence expected for your application:

Previous editions:

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.

As a result, the 2021 physicianly 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 physician (Capabilities in Practice – CiPs).

The Sport and Exercise Medicine curriculum is made up six Generic CiPs which are common to all physicianly specialties and seven Specialty CiPs unique to Sport and Exercise Medicine.

In Sport and Exercise Medicine, two years Internal Medicine Training will replace Core Medical Training as the core training programme. Applicants will be required to demonstrate maintenance of relevant Internal Medicine Stage 1 capabilities (including MRCP).

Content shared between all physicianly specialties

There are six CiPs which are shared between all physicianly specialties:

  • CiP 1 – Able to function successfully within NHS organisational and management systems
  • CiP 2 – Able to deal with ethical and legal issues related to clinical practice
  • CiP 3 – Communicates effectively and is able to share decision making, while maintaining appropriate situational awareness, professional behaviour and professional judgement
  • CiP 4 – Is focused on patient safety and delivers effective quality improvement in patient care
  • CiP 5 – Carrying out research and managing data appropriately
  • CiP 6 – Acting as a clinical teacher and clinical supervisor

Specialty specific content

There are six CiPs which are unique to Sport and Exercise Medicine. The SEM capabilities in practice (CiPs) describe the professional tasks or work within the scope of SEM.

  • CiP 1 – Leading and managing a multi-disciplinary team.
  • CiP 2 – Ability to develop, lead and deliver a comprehensive musculoskeletal service that spans community and hospital settings for adults.
  • CiP 3 – Ability to develop, lead and deliver a comprehensive musculoskeletal service that spans community and hospital settings for adolescents and school aged children.
  • CiP 4 – Ability to deliver exercise medicine services for adults, encompassing both prevention and management of chronic disease.
  • CiP 5 – Ability to deliver exercise medicine services for adolescents and school aged children, encompassing both prevention and management of chronic disease.
  • CiP 6 – The ability to promote and support population health through physical activity.
  • CiP 7 – Delivering effective resuscitation and early management of the acutely injured and unwell patient in the pre-hospital and hospital environments, including sports related mild traumatic brain injury.

Knowledge and skills

The 2021 curriculum places a greater emphasis on the role of a Sport and Exercise Medicine consultant in the NHS and public health setting.