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Latest updates

The GMC has worked with the education bodies across the UK to update their policy on temporary changes (derogations) to postgraduate curriculum requirements, where training has been disrupted by the pandemic - 30 April 2021

Covid-19 Deferrals Policy - updated 23 April 2021

Letters, statements and guidance

The four statutory Education Bodies have worked closely together to agree contingency arrangements for postgraduate medical education and training during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please find all joint statements below:

  1. 2021 Specialty Recruitment Update - Release of candidates and doctors in postgraduate training for recruitment and assessments - 19 January 2021
  2. Enabling Progression at ARCP -  2 December 2020.pdf
  3. Enabling Progression at ARCP – UPDATE - 11 September 2020 (reviewed 19 November 2020)
  4. Maintaining Postgraduate Medical Education and Training - Principles for Educational Organisations during Pandemic Surges - 11 September 2020 (reviewed 19 November 2020)
  5. Temporary suspension of Penultimate Year Assessments (PYAs) - 19 October 2020


Supporting the Covid-19 response

Medical workforce planning and deployment to support surge service delivery: HEE support for NHS England and NHS Improvement - 19 October 2020


This Education and training update and guidance for regions document includes guidance for regions on February rotations and principles for the management of education provision for trainees in Primary and Secondary Care. This guidance will be managed and implemented locally, affected trainees will be contacted directly by their local Dean. Uploaded 12 January 2021

For latest updates on recruitment, visit the Specialty Training website

Guidance on Management of Less Than Full Time Trainees and Managing Requests for Out of Programme (OOP) Activities - 05 January 2021

Updated guidance on principles to facilitate LTFT trainees into frontline service and how to manage requests for OOP activities. 


Guidance for shielding trainees - 30 November 2020

This guidance updates the document for shielding trainees published in July 2020.


Professional Indemnity – Explanatory Note (updated November 2020) - 19 November 2020

Clinical staff working for NHS trusts in England will still be protected by the clinical negligence scheme for trusts (CNST) if they are deployed to a new area of work at the trust, including one which is outside their normal speciality, or at a different trust, during the pandemic. Read more in the explanatory note.


National Supported Return to Training Guide - 19 November 2020

Guidance has been produced to help you through the SuppoRTT Process and signpost learning material during your return to training.


In addition to HEEs guidance, trainees are encouraged stay up to date with information and guidance from across the system:

Academy of Medical Royal Colleges COVID-19 guidance

General Medical Council Coronavirus information and guidance


For specific information on cancellations and rescheduling of exams please visit your relevant Medical Royal College website.