Following the approval of the new Public Health training curriculum by our regulators, the UKPHR and the GMC, the Faculty is now working with stakeholders; Training Programme Directors, Registrars and Supervisors at a regional and national level in order to ensure that the transition to the new curriculum will cause as little disruption to the training as possible.
In order to address the questions which will arise from all stakeholders regarding this transition the Faculty is hosting the following FAQ which help to provide guidance and clarify this process.
This is a live page which will be updated at regular intervals. If you have a question which is not addressed here please forward to Gareth Cooke, Curriculum & Courses Co-ordinator,
This page was last updated: 8 February 2016
The following FAQs are split into the following links for ease of reference.
Who needs to change to the new curriculum?
If Registrars are due to CCT after 31 August 2017 then they must transition to the new curriculum by August 2016.
Should all new SpRs joining the training programme from August 2015 start on the new curriculum?
Yes, new Registrars starting in 2015 from this date should use the 2015 curriculum.
Why is it not an option that only trainees commencing public health training from August 2015 be started on the new curriculum?
The GMC requires, in the interest of educational quality and patient safety, that all specialty Registrars must use the most recently approved curriculum.
What does moving to the new curriculum by August 2016 mean in practice for those transitioning? At what point in time should the old curriculum shelved and a new start made? Would it make sense for a clean break to occur at the next ARCP?
Moving to the new curriculum can occur as early as possible, and must be completed by August 2016. Using the next ARCP can be an ideal starting point.
I am in the process of writing my learning contract for my placement and planning which specific competencies I hope to get signed off for each of the projects I am assigned to. Should I be looking at the old curriculum's competencies for the learning contract or the 2015 competencies?
Yes, you are correct in using the 2015 competencies, and are recommended to have a plan for moving to the 2015 curriculum with your educational supervisor at your next meeting or as soon as possible.
For those who have to move from one system to the other do they move in part/whole?
Transitioning StRs will be working to the new curriculum as a whole, and we are doing further work on the guidance for mapping of learning outcomes that have already been signed off to the 2015 curriculum.
If you are due to CCT in August 2017, but have completed all your competencies before 1 August 2016, what needs to be done to be compliant with the new curriculum?
Learning outcomes related to Key Area 10 can only be signed off in the final year, and any gaps in relation to achievement of these competencies need to be addressed.
What is the impact of changes in CCT date due to planned or unplanned circumstances?
CCT on or before 31/08/2017:
|Planned OOPE or time out of training resulting in delayed CCT||Move to 2015 curriculum|
|Unforeseen circumstances, such as sickness or emergency leave, unforeseen OOPE etc.||Use local school policy to ensure StR is not disadvantaged|
CCT on or later than 01/09/2017:
|All LOs signed off six months prior to CCT, can they move CCT?||Can’t move CCT. Ensure that KA 10 learning outcomes of 2015 curriculum can be signed off|
What will the new formative assessment entail and when will it be introduced?
This is developmental work in progress and will not be introduced before it is evaluated and approved by the GMC.
By when must StRs who are currently OOP (e.g. a PhD) or maternity leave and due to return in 2017 or 2018 have transferred across to the new curriculum? They will of course miss the August 2016 “deadline” for transferring across.
They can transfer as soon as they return to the program. Please note that any information currently on the e-portfolio will still be accessible to those transitioning later than August 2016(Also covered in Q 3 under e-portfolio).
Old evidence will still be available on the e-portfolio, and will not automatically move to the 2015 version of curriculum, so as to avoid any loss of information or mismatch due to IT issues.
Yes, the regular updates will inform training programmes as soon as the e-Portfolio is ready and available for use.
Will the way an activity summary sheet is recorded on the e-Portfolio (name of activity, results, summary, reflection) change at all with the new e-Portfolio?
No, the format is similar to the one being used now. Please communicate any suggestions for change to your local e-Portfolio Champion.
You will be able to indicate in the new activity summary sheet and reflection (ES + StR) that some of these have been met previously. It is recognised that this is important in the case where you may have lots of old evidence but which is only partially signing off lots of old LOs (i.e. the evidence is still 'live' in that it will be contributing to new LO sign-offs).
Yes, you should be able to upload paper activity summary sheets. It is recognised that this could be important where, again, there are (paper) links from this year's Activities to new LOs that don't end up being fully signed off.
If an StR has never been on the e-portfolio, and will need to transfer to 2015 curriculum, they are requested to discuss this issue urgently with their training programme director regarding the best way forward.
a) the current version of e-Portfolio, or
b) a paper-based system
depending on what you already use.
For some of the new learning outcomes (eg. "5.7: Demonstrate leadership in environmental sustainability with a focus on the links to health and climate change") can registrars use old pieces of work that they have previously completed to upload as evidence for these?
Yes, if the completed piece of work demonstrates relevant evidence.
Could you clarify the new two-phase model? Some of the LOs are marked as target for Phase 1. Does this mean they are required for Phase 1 completion?
The learning outcomes marked as target for Phase 1 must be achieved before completion of Phase 1, which is marked by the passing of Part B of MFPH. Learning outcomes targeted at specific phases are listed below:
|Phase 1||Phase 2|
|Key Area 3
LO 3.1 – Phase 1
LO 3.2 - Phase 1
LO 3.3 - Phase 1
|Key Area 6
LO 6.1 - Phase 1
LO 6.2 - Phase 1
LO 6.3 - Phase 1
LO 6.4 - Phase 1
LO 6.5 - Phase 1
LO 6.6 - Phase 1
|Key Area 6
LO 6.8 – Phase 2
LO 6.9 – Phase 2
|Key Area 7
LO 7.1 – Phase 1
|Key Area 8
LO 8.1 – Phase 1
LO 8.3 – Phase 1
|Key Area 10
All learning outcomes
General principles are outlined on page 70, section 9.c of the curriculum, and quoted below, while details are provided against each learning outcome:
“The annual appraisal meeting is a key point of assessment, and the criteria below for each LO give more specific points to be covered in this process. Completion of a multi-source feedback (MSF) instrument is required as a minimum during the ST4 year of training, or early in ST5, which will cover PPED and other areas. Feedback on performance should be sought from others more informally at other times. The outcome of each appraisal discussion will be part of the educational supervisor report to each ARCP."
The annual report from educational supervisor is expected to address progress, based on the reflective reports from StRs for different activities each year, and the MSF report in later years.