Curriculum - Specialty training curriculum for geriatric medicine

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24 May 2018
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24 May 2018

The JRCPTB published the curriculum for specialist trainees in geriatric medicine in 2010. In 2016, it published an amended edition.

Trainees are be required to learn to manage the whole range of medical conditions at a generalist level for adults of all ages. Some trainees may opt to undertake additional stroke training to the higher level required by the Stroke Medicine sub-speciality curriculum. Because trainees may opt for this having started specialty training in Geriatric Medicine, it is advised that wherever possible all geriatric medicine training programmes include the option to receive this additional training. There are other optional modules for higher level training in other areas of the curriculum for trainees who wish to demonstrate a higher level of ability in certain areas of the curriculum because they wish to consider sub-specialising in these areas as a consultant.

This curriculum is designed to cover all the areas of specialist medical care that an older person will experience from care at home or in a care home; in the outpatient clinic or day hospital or day care; in the accident and emergency and medical assessment unit; in the acute ward and specialist areas of acute care such as coronary care, high dependency care, intensive care, acute stroke care etc; in the rehabilitation ward or intermediate care or in long term care.

The primary purpose of the curriculum is to provide detailed guidance for trainers and trainees in obtaining the appropriate level of knowledge, clinical skills, and competence to be awarded a certificate of completion of training (CCT) in geriatric medicine which is a prerequisite to a career as a consultant geriatrician working in hospital and/or community settings capable of working independently and effectively. It also specifies how the acquisition of the necessary knowledge, skills and behaviours are to be verified by assessment.

The curriculum covers training for all four nations of the UK.

All trainees are expected to acquire the competencies necessary for a CCT in General (Internal) Medicine and sub specialty recognition in Stroke Medicine. The competencies required will follow on from those required for Foundation and Core Medical Training.

Patient-centred approaches, patient safety and team working are of vital importance. Training should be enjoyable in order to facilitate the learning of the trainee. Trainees and trainers are required to have full knowledge of the curriculum.

The document will enable postgraduate deans, regional specialty training committees, and educational supervisors to ensure that the required standards of clinical care are being met by having structured training programmes and objective assessment procedures within each region.

The curriculum has been produced using the standards specified by the General Medical Council (GMC).

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