The training programme components are listed on the left of this page and are also shown as sub-menu items to this page.

The overall objective of the RNZCUC vocational training programme is to produce specialist urgent care physicians who, upon completion of training, are equipped to work independently to provide safe and effective primary care of patients, on a non-appointment basis to meet the healthcare needs of the Aotearoa New Zealand community.

They must be able to,

  1. Provide proficient triage and assessment of adult and paediatric patients presenting to urgent care facilities with illnesses or injuries involving any body system.
  2. Provide initial management and stabilisation of patients, then handover for ongoing care to the patient’s general practitioner or arrange transfer for acute secondary care assessment.
  3. Provide high quality, patient centred care in an RNZCUC accredited urgent care facility, which include urgent care clinics and hospital emergency departments, in urban and rural environments
  4. Provide care with dignity, compassion and respect to all patients requiring urgent medical assistance, ensuring cultural safety and equity considerations underpin all consultations.

The training programme components achieve the learning objectives, (soon to be replaced with learning outcomes), which themselves are part of graduate outcomes.  The graduate outcomes are categorised into domains of practice. Collectively they allow urgent care physicians to achieve the programme outcomes. An update curriculum is being finalised and will be published during 2024, with the 2025 training programme to be aligned with the new curriculum.

Some of the components may be recognised as prior learning or experience. These components are in addition to annual requirements.