2021 Curriculum learning syllabus: stage 1

Published: 03/02/2021

Professional Behaviours and Communication

Stage learning outcome

  • Demonstrates the professional values and behaviours required of doctors in training

Key capabilities


Demonstrates the personal and professional values and behaviours set out in Good Medical Practice


Communicates effectively with patients, their relatives and members of the multidisciplinary team with whom they work including being open and honest when things go wrong


Practices effective interpersonal skills, emphasising empathy, compassion, courtesy and respect


Appreciates how their own behaviour affects patients and members of the multidisciplinary team and acts accordingly


Reflects on their own clinical practice in order to achieve insight and gain meaningful learning from experiences


Obtains valid consent following the associated legal and professional principles


Participates in GMC National Training Survey and other quality control, management and assurance processes as required by the regulator


Produces accurate, legible, contemporaneous notes relating to all clinical practice


Appreciates the importance of physical and mental health in self and others

Examples of evidence

Experience & logbook:
  • range of surgical specialties and patient groups in theatre setting, obstetrics, pre-operative assessment clinics and Intensive Care Unit.
Supervised Learning Events (SLEs) can be used to demonstrate:
  • effective communication skills with patients during pre-operative assessment
  • accurate recording of details of pre-operative assessment on anaesthetic chart
  • discussion of event where demonstration of duty of candour is appropriate
  • safe and effective handover to another member of the healthcare team
  • high standards in prescribing medication
  • active involvement with safety checks in theatre eg. WHO checklist.
Personal Activities and Personal Reflections may include:
  • maintenance of professional portfolio on LLP including evidence of regular meetings with educational supervisor
  • completion of GMC trainee survey
  • reflection on examples of good and poor behaviour by members of the multidisciplinary team
  • demonstration of confidentiality within all means of communication including social media
  • simulation training: critical incidents, transfers
  • attendance at quality improvement/clinical governance meetings.
Other evidence:
  • multi-source feedback
  • thank you cards/letters/emails from patients and colleagues.

Cross links with other domains and capabilities

  • Education and Training
  • Safety and Quality Improvement
  • all specialty-specific domains