Broad Based Training Programmes give trainees who may be undecided about their career pathway more time to make considered decisions about their future.

In 2012 the General Medical Council (GMC) approved the core curriculum for Broad Based Training Programme (developed for the Academy by the Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and Royal College of Psychiatrists and related specialties of the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training covering training in four specialties.

This represents a two-year structured programme for doctors who have successfully completed the Foundation Programme, providing six-month placements in four specialties to allow broader experience before applying for specialty training. At the end of the two year training programme, subject to satisfactory progression through the programme, trainees will be able to choose to enter one of the four specialties at core training year 2 or specialty training year 2 level.

The training programme went through a two year pilot phase between 2012 and 2014, and working in partnership with the GMC and Health Education England the Academy commissioned a qualitative evaluation of the Broad Based Training Programme into core Specialist Training. The two year evaluation, carried out by Cardiff University, was due to be completed by October 2015. However, due to the programme’s success the GMC have agreed to run a second programme, and the original agreement has been extended for a period of 18 months from 1 October 2015. Cardiff University have produced an interim report and are currently doing a longitudinal study, to be published after its two-year life span.