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Transition to new curriculum

The aim of moving trainees to the 2015 curriculum is to ensure that they have all the essential learning and skills required at the end of training to demonstrate that they are a desirable applicant for a public health consultant post. Therefore every effort will be made to ensure it is a supportive process and not punitive, especially to those in the later stages of training.

As stated in one of the frequently asked questions in the General Medical Council position statement (Nov 2012):

Q: The new curriculum stipulates a specific requirement which will be difficult to achieve at my current stage of training. What should I do?
A: Your postgraduate dean and training programme director will work with you to deliver the training that you require to complete the requirements of the current curriculum. Every effort will be made to do this via targeted training rather than an extension to training.

Examples from those who have made the transition:

1. Judith Ewing (ST2)

My supervisor and I tried to apply a common-sense approach to get the most out of work I had done, and it has been relatively painless.

I looked at the 2015 outcomes and worked out

a) which ones I could map using 2010 learning outcomes and

b) which ones may not have been directly mapped, but could be signed off using other evidence and work that I had done.

This process also helped me to become familiar with the new curriculum and identify areas where I did not have any relevant evidence, allowing me to tailor my work plan to meet these.

2. Damien Bennett (ST3)

  • The process can be time-consuming and disheartening but overall the 2015 curriculum looks better – although it can be hard to see it when you are moving.
  • In 2010 we are restricted by phase to some extent. As a result there will probably be a lot of evidence that we may already have that contributes to learning outcomes outside those that directly map across. Looking across the whole 2015 curriculum may allow you to link evidence that you may not have been able to do with 2010 due to phase constraint, ie. don’t just look at the mapping document when considering what evidence you have done to date, look at the entire 2015 curriculum.
  • On a more realistic note it has to be said that the vast majority of this mapping and linking work has to be done by the trainees themselves with little help from others and this does reduce time spent on other work. For those starting on 2015 it will work very well but for those stuck between curriculums it can cause quite a bit of stress.

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