In case you aren’t aware, RCPCH Progress is the new Paediatric Curriculum which will launch in August this year. Today the School of Paediatrics spent all day looking at the new Curriculum at our March School meeting with all our College Tutors, Trainee Trust Reps, TPDs and Trainees’ Committee. The RCPCH Curriculum team came to help us and we used the opportunity to consider what we think a paediatrician working in the 2020s will need to look like and the skills they are going to need. Then, using the 11 learning outcomes in each of the 3 levels of training, we started to think about examples from our day-to-day work that we could use to provide opportunities to learn from and yield the evidence needed to show that the capabilities had been demonstrated. That is when the room got really noisy! Once we started, we realised how we are literally surrounded by brilliant examples in every clinical (and many non-clinical) encounters each day – it’s just about developing the mindset to see the learning opportunities – and then document them!
RCPCH Progress provides us with an exciting and very important framework to drive not just learning, but improvement too. A few London trusts have been part of the curriculum pilot and these “early adopters” came along today to tell us just how easy it is to use the curriculum. All the current assessments (ie WPBAs, MSF etc) are still being used – but now they can be more meaningfully applied to 1 or 2 specific learning outcomes.
Please start talking about RCPCH Progress where you work. Discuss what currently exists that will help trainees develop capabilities – and then how those can be evidenced. Your College Tutor will now know a fair bit about RCPCH Progress – so talk to him/her. There is also a huge amount of information on the RCPCH website