GP Curriculum

What you need to know for MRCGP

The RCGP GP Curriculum is for doctors training for General Practice and their trainers and educational supervisors.

It covers the period known as Specialty Training for General Practice: from the end of the Foundation Programme to the award of a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT).

It assumes GPStRs have already attained the core competencies of the Foundation Programme. The Curriculum covers a wide area and is intended to be regularly subject to revision as medical knowledge advances and the roles and responsibilities of GPs in the UK change.

The curriculum has been defined as "An attempt to communicate the essential features and principles of an educational proposal in such a form that is open to scrutiny and capable of effective translation into practice"

The curriculum covers:

  • The aims, objectives, content, experiences, outcomes and processes of your GP training
  • There is a description of the structure and expected methods of learning, teaching, feedback and supervision and
  • The knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviours which you will need to achieve.

The curriculum has recently been updated and the latest version ofthe curriculum can be found on the RCGP website and also through your ePortfolio.

The RCGP Curriculum is represented in the diagram opposite. It is organized around six core domains:

  • Primary care Management
  • Person centered care
  • Specific problem solving skills
  • A comprehensive approach
  • Community orientation
  • A holistic approach

These core competencies provide the varying perspectives of a GP’s work through which any of the various clinical examples may be viewed.

Other important aspects of the curriculum are contained in the contextual statements which look at the way you communicate with patient and the role of the GP in ensuring patient safety and responding appropriately when you have concerns or a patient raises a concern.

Detailed guidance about the curriculum can be found on the RCGP website.