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This page provides answers to frequently asked questions about the CESR(CP) process.

Is a CESR(CP) equivalent to a CCT?

The CESR(CP) is equivalent to the CCT and certifies that the recipient is eligible for entry onto the Specialist Register. Applicants for a CESR(CP) are assessed against the standards required for the award of the CCT in O&G. CESR(CP) holders can apply for substantive consultant posts in the UK.

Who’s eligible to apply for a CESR(CP)?

Only doctors who’ve been appointed to the specialty training programme by a Postgraduate Deanery and have been awarded a national training number, who are appointed above ST1 level and who’ve undertaken some of their training in non-GMC-approved posts, are eligible to apply for a CESR(CP). Doctors wanting to follow the CESR(CP) route will need to have enrolled with the RCOG, who will have confirmed as part of this enrolment that they are eligible for a CESR if they complete their training programme satisfactorily.

What’s meant by a ‘non-GMC-approved post’?

Non-GMC-approved posts may include LAS (locum appointment for service), staff grade and clinical fellow posts, and any overseas post that has not been prospectively approved by the GMC.

Do all trainees who are appointed above ST1 need to apply via the CESR(CP) route?

No. If the competencies that have been accepted to allow the trainee to be appointed above ST1 were achieved in GMC-approved posts, the trainee will be eligible for a CCT. Such posts include FTSTAs (fixed-term specialty training appointments), LAT posts (locum appointment for training) and prospectively approved clinical fellow posts.

Are training posts in EEA countries recognised by the GMC?

Specialty training undertaken within the European Economic Area (EEA) is recognised by the GMC provided that the specific posts had the approval of the competent authority (the GMC equivalent) in that country. You must provide written evidence of this from the competent authority. If you have this approval, you’ll follow the CCT route rather than the CESR(CP).

How much time spent in non-GMC-approved posts can I count towards my training?

The amount of time spent in non-GMC-approved posts may vary from as little as 3–6 months in basic training to several years of experience in countries outside the UK. Your School/Deanery will need to assess whether your previous experience is suitable to count towards specialist registration.

Can additional non-GMC-approved training be recognised once I have been appointed to the programme?

No. You can’t ask to have additional prior experience recognised retrospectively to bring forward your CESR(CP) date.

Can I extend my training time to convert from the CESR(CP) to the CCT route?

No. It’s not possible to extend your training time halfway through your specialty training programme for the sole reason of changing from the CESR(CP) to the CCT route. You can only extend your training time as a result of inadequate career progression, to undertake out of programme activities and so on.

Is there a minimum amount of time a trainee must spend in the UK specialty training programme to be eligible for the CESR(CP) route?

No, although for patient safety reasons it’s extremely unlikely that the RCOG would appoint a trainee to the specialty training programme above ST5 level.

Find out more

If this page doesn’t answer your questions, or you need more information, please email the Policy Coordinator (Quality) or call +44 20 7772 6294.

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