COVID-19

The current outbreak of COVID-19 is a rapidly changing situation and so we have created this information hub to support examination candidates, trainees, trainers and consultants who need to maintain and record their continuing professional development.

Below you will find links to the latest guidance, advice and resources in the areas of MRCP(UK) examinations, training and CPD.  We will continue to update and develop these pages to support you as the situation develops.

Exams updates

29.10.21 Extension of eligibility period due to COVID-19 restrictions

28.09.21: PACES exams update

23.08.21: Cancellation: MRCP(UK) Part 1 in Sri Lanka

23.08.21: Cancellation: MRCP(UK) Part 1 in Jamaica

23.07.21: 2021 MRCP(UK) regulations published

19.07.21: UK PACES Prioritisation Criteria – 2021/3

19.07.21: PACES and the removal of social distancing in England

21.06.21: MRCP(UK) Part 2 2021/2 - cancellation in Colombo, Sri Lanka

16.06.21: MRCP(UK) Part 2 2021/2 - cancellations in India

25.05.21: PACES exams update

25.05.21: Written exams update

04.05.21: Cancellation of Part 1 exams in Bangladesh

30.04.21: Cancellation of Part 1 exams in India

30.04.21: Cancellation of Part 1 exams in Pakistan

21.04.21: MRCP(UK) PACES in India

19.04.21: PACES exams update

19.04.21: Written exams update

08.04.21: 2021/2 UK PACES information

01.04.21: Prioritisation of candidates in UK training for PACES 2021/2 diet

22.03.21: Written exams update

22.03.21: PACES exams update

08.03.21: COVID-19 Antigen testing (Lateral Flow Tests)

08.03.21: Written exams update

08.03.21 PACES exams update

22.02.21: Written exams update

22.02.21: PACES exams update

17.02.21: Access to MRCP(UK) Part 1 and Part 2 Written Examinations for UK candidates

08.02.21: Written exams update

08.02.21: PACES exam update

25.01.21: Written exams update

25.01.21: PACES exam update

12.01.21: Important statement about UK PACES examinations

11.01.21: Written exam update

11.01.21: 2021/1 MRCP(UK) Part 2 to run completely online

08.01.21: Why we had to cancel the Part 1 examination in physical centres in the UK

07.01.21: Important update on the MRCP(UK) Part 1 Examination in the UK on 12 January 2021

2020

14.12.20: Written exam weekly update

14.12.20: PACES exam weekly update

07.12.20: Written exams weekly update

07.12.20: PACES exam weekly update

03.12.20: Updated regulations for candidates sitting online examinations

30.11.20: Written exams weekly update

30.11.20: PACES exam weekly update

25.11.20: Prioritisation of candidates in UK training for PACES 2021/1

23.11.20: Written exams weekly update

23.11.20: PACES exam weekly update

16.11.20: Written exams weekly update

16.11.20: PACES exam weekly update

10.11.20: UK PACES cancelled centres

09.11.20: PACES exams weekly update

09.11.20: Written exams weekly update

02.11.20: PACES exams weekly update

02.11.20: Written exams weekly update

26.10.20: PACES exams weekly update

26.10.20: Written exams weekly update

19.10.20: PACES exams weekly update

19.10.20: Written exams weekly update

12.10.20: PACES exams weekly update

12.10.20: Written exams weekly update

30.09.20: Additional November date announced for MRCP(UK) Part 1 written examinations for UK candidates

16.09.20: New COVID-19 guidelines for UK PACES in 2020

16.09.20: Part 1 online exam

04.08.20: Recommencing MRCP(UK) Part 2

17.07.20: Applying for UK PACES 2020/3

17.06.20: MRCP(UK) clinical and written examinations to restart this Autumn

05.06.20: 2020/3 MRCP(UK) Part 1 - updated application dates

04.06.20: Delays issuing MRCP(UK Diplomas

01.06.20 SCE dates from September now confirmed

22.06.20: Extension of eligibility period during COVID-19 restrictions

25.03.20: Transfer and refund information for cancelled exams

Training and trainee progression

Trainees’ welfare is very important to us and we hope that the following information provides clarity at an uncertain time and will allow trainees to plan for the coming months.

18.05.20: Podcast: Training progression during COVID-19

23.04.20: Guidance on Core Medical Trainees acting up as a Medical Registrar

20.03.20: Help for trainees at the front line

26.03.20: Advanced Life Support (ALS) certification and working in acute medicine

16.03.20: Recognition of trainee progression in 2020

ARCP guidance 

The following documents provide guidance for the ARCP process.

ARCP decision aid for JRCPTB specialties during the COVID-19 pandemic

ARCP outcomes for CMT, ACCS-AM and BBT trainees who are expecting to finish this programme in August 2020

ARCPs during COVID-19 Pandemic: Specific specialty advice for Medical Specialties

Continuing professional development

Some of you will be in the unfortunate position of having had your CPD activity cancelled or postponed due to the developing COVID-19 situation. 

With regard to the usual CPD rules, we should like to emphasise the following:

  • The Federation annual credit requirements (50 overall with 25 external) are recommendations only. The GMC as the regulator does not require a fixed number of CPD credits.
  • Within the Federation guidelines if there is a shortfall in one year this can normally be addressed in other years as long as the 5 year recommendations are met (250 over the 5 years, half external)

In the face of the current COVID-19 pandemic we are waiving all numerical CPD credit targets for 2019/2020, 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 diary year. We will support a flexible approach to CPD requirements for the current CPD year until 2022. What is of greater importance than the number of credits obtained will be that Physicians should show evidence of engagement with the CPD process and with reflection. This will of course be judged by appraisers, but we hope that appraisers will very much take this statement into account when assessing CPD.

No requirement to ‘make up’ credits relating to the time of the pandemic in future years.

Personal credits 

The diary allows physicians to record as many personal credits as they wish and the overall total is included on the annual CPD certificate but only 10 personal credits can count towards the usual recommended total of 50. As stated above the requirement for 50 credits has been waived for the 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-2022 diary years. We are working to remove the cap for personal credits per CPD diary year from 10 to 20 credits, the maximum of 10 personal credits should be claimed for examining activities. We will also be removing the cap for distance learning and this will be updated on the system very shortly.

Royal Colleges of Physicians COVID-19 information hubs