Quality criteria for core medical training


The Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB) first launched its quality criteria for core medical training (CMT) in 2015.

Developed to enhance the educational experience of trainee doctors and drive up the quality of training environments, the criteria cover:

  • the structure of the programme
  • its delivery and flexibility
  • what supervision and other levels of support is available to trainees
  • the standards of communication that should be met.  

Aside from ensuring that the CMT curriculum is covered systematically over the two-year programme, the criteria also aim to help ensure trainees develop the required experience and confidence to perform the medical registrar role, which follows core medical training (CMT).

While the criteria are aspirational in nature, it is evident that many employers have already implemented the criteria in various locations across the UK.  

The intention is to develop a culture of excellence in CMT, with all trusts having at least met the specified ‘core’ criteria by the end of 2019.

Further information on the quality criteria can be found on the JRCPTB website.


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