‘Explaining training’ - the practicalities of the new curriculum, portfolio and MRCPsych examination interacting to ensure robust assessment of post-graduate psychiatric competencies – an update and discussion

Subodh Dave, Ian Hall, John Russell, Chris Walsh

75 minutes


July 2023

Congress webinar 2023


This session will touch on elements impacting pre-registration trainees and SAS doctors both in the UK and internationally. The target group by its’ cross-sectional nature is richly diverse.

Driven by GMC requirements, evolution of cutting-edge post-graduate training and education, and other covariates such as COVID-19, the College’s response has been to revolutionise the psychiatric training curricula, associated portfolio and the RCPsych examination.

This session would aim to condense these three overlapping elements into a very useful conversation and update on the fundamentals of pre-registration and psychiatry training competency assessment and how this is recorded.

With the rare opportunity to have the Dean, Chief Examiner and Associate Dean for Curricula co-presenting, the aim is to ensure the latest clarifications on the new curricula and e-portfolio capturing of this, and examinations – both in terms of their mode of delivery and their reflection of the new curriculum items.

By the end of the session you will have an overview of:

- The direction of travel of the RCPsych examination, including the decision making and outcomes of the Assessment Strategy Review.

- An update review on the curricula implementation and how this has progressed, including problem-solving any issues that have presented themselves in the initial period of use.

- An update on the portfolio and how this captures competencies, again with trouble-shooting given the period of implementation between here and the IC 2023.


Chair: Subodh Dave, Dean, Royal College of Psychiatrists, United Kingdom

Ian Hall, Chief Examiner, Royal College of Psychiatrists, United Kingdom

John Russell, Associate Dean for Curricula, Royal College of Psychiatrists, United Kingdom

Chris Walsh, PTC Chair, Royal College of Psychiatrists, United Kingdom


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