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PMST Curriculum 2020

The FPM's Curriculum and Assessment Working Group is currently in the process of writing a new curriculum for the Pharmaceutical Medicine Specialty Training (PMST) programme.

The working group is divided into four sub-groups, each responsible for completing elements of the new curriculum. The four sub-groups and their tasks are described in the table below.

Sub-group Task
 Purpose statement  This sub-group will write a purpose statement to the new curriculum, which must meet the GMC's requirements under theme 1 in Excellence by design: standards for postgraduate curricula.
 Capabilities in practice  This sub-group will write a set of specialty specific capabilities. In completing the task, the sub-group should consider what language to use to describe the capability in practice and what capabilities are common to pharmceutical physicians regardless of their workplace and job title.
 Generic professional capabilities  This sub-group will write a set of generic professional capabilities for pharmaceutical medicine that are mapped to the GMC's Generic Professional Capabilities Framework.
 Workplace-based assessements This sub-group will review the current workplace-based assessments for pharmaceutical medicine and determine whether a) they need to be re-designed or b) they are still suitable for an Educational Supervisor to use to assess the trainee's capabilities. The sub-group will report its findings and if it recommends introducing new assessments, will design and pilot them.


Why is the FPM writing a new curriculum for the PMST programme?

All UK medical royal colleges and faculties are in the process of either writing new or updating current curricula to: 1) include specialty specific capabilities in practice and 2) incorporate the General Medical Council's generic professional capabilities. The expectation is that all new or updated curricula will be implemented by 2021.

This work follows an independent review called the Shape of Training Review that was led by Professor David Greenaway. Professor Greenaway's report, 'Securing the future of excellent patient care', made several recommendations to change postgraduate medical education and training in the UK to make training programmes more flexible for doctors in training and to ensure that doctors have the required skills and capabilities to meet patient and health service needs.


PMST curriculum 2020 consultation

Our consultation on the draft specialty-specific and generic professional capabilities for pharmaceutical medicine is closed. Thank you for sending us your feedback, which will review.

Draft specialty specific and generic professional capabilities


Project background documents
The Shape of Training final report - 'Securing the future of excellent patient care'
Shape of Training Steering Group report
GMC Generic professional capabilities framework