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The Curriculum for OST consists of 180 defined learning outcomes in 13 domains of clinical practice, each of which can be mapped to the GMC’s description of Good Medical Practice. The award of a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) will normally be achieved after 7 years in OST. Progress from one year to the next will be determined by the achievement of specific learning outcomes as defined in the OST Curriculum. Achievement will be determined by specific assessments, which will be appropriately documented and scrutinised at the Annual Review of Competence Progress (ARCP). Assessment panels will be convened from Deanery training committees to determine whether a trainee can progress to the next year, requires additional training time or should be released from the programme.

The RCOphth document Workplace Based Assessment Handbook is recommended as essential reading.