Welcome to the assessment pages for the School of Pathology. Here you are able to find the dates of the forthcoming assessments for your particular specialty, the required evidence and the required dates for completion / submission of paperwork. It is important that you note all the details that follows as failure to achieve any aspect of it can result in an unsatisfactory outcome at your assessment and hinder your progression through the specialty. Latest news on assessment dates are shown under the events webpage so it is important that you check this page of the School of Pathology regularly.

In August 2007 a new postgraduate specialty training structure was introduced. Any doctor (Specialty Trainee (StR), Core Trainee (CT), Academic Trainee) appointed in or after August 2007 is now governed by the 'Gold Guide' and associated Curriculums; this is also applicable to Locum Appointment for Training (LAT) posts and Fixed Term Specialty Training Appointments (FTSTA) posts. There is a variation for trainees who are appointed to Core Training where their training is governed by the 'Gold Guide' and the 'Core Training Supplement'. All these documents can be found on the Modernising Medical Careers (MMC) website where you can also find information relating to the training process. All trainees appointed in or after August 2007 will undertake an Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP). This is a compulsory element of your training and is an assessment of the documented and submitted evidence that is presented by the trainee. Therefore failure to produce this evidence for the panel can result in an Unsatisfactory Outcome and hinder your progress within the specialty, and extend your anticipated Certicate of Completeion of Training (CCT) date.

Any doctor (Specialist Registrars (SpR), Academic Trainee) appointed prior to August 2007 may continue to train using the curriculum to which they were appointed. This curriculum is governed by the 'Orange Book' (A Guide to Specialist Registrar Training). Trainees who still follow this type of curriculum will be assessed under the Record of In Training Assessment (RITA) process. This is a compulsory element of your training and provides a record of the annual review and therefore of the Specialist Registrars (SpR) progress through the training programme and the grade.

Academic and Out Of Programme Assessment

Doctors who are undertaking Academic Training or who are on Out Of Programme (OOP) whether they are on the old or new style curriculum still require an annual assessment.