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A Guide to: CESR CP

  • April 29, 2020

To work as a permanent Consultant in the UK, you will need to evidence your specialist knowledge, skills and experience via one of the three pathways to get onto the Specialist Register. This blog post specifically explains CESR CP; how to apply and how it differs to both CESR and CCT.

What is CESR CP?

Whilst CESR is the route for doctors who have obtained all their specialist training overseas and CCT is for Doctors who have obtained all of their specialty training via a GMC approved training post, CESR CP is for doctors who have had a combination of training done overseas and in the UK. For example, you would use this route if you are an international Doctor who trained overseas and then joined the NHS at level ST4, because you were able to demonstrate that your competencies gained outside of a GMC approved training post are equivalent to previous grades. So, the CESR CP route is for Doctors who commence their training overseas and conclude it in the UK.

How do I apply for CESR CP?

If you are considering the CESR CP Route you firstly need to make your Royal College or Trust faculty aware of your intended application. Each body will have their own individual process for this route and will explain these details to you on request.

If you are eligible for CESR CP, your Royal College or faculty will notify the GMC of your expected completion date for training. Once this has been received you will receive an email invitation through your online GMC account, which normally will arrive around four months before your expected training completion date.

It is important to note that, in order to be eligible you for specialist registration through the CESR CP route you must apply within 12 months of your training completion date.

How will I be assessed?

Very similarly to the CCT route, the method of assessment lies with your Royal College or individual Faculty. When your royal college or faculty is satisfied that you’ve gained all the competencies of your training programme, they’ll send the GMC a recommendation. Once this recommendation has been received the GMC will issue your certification.

How much will it cost?

According to the GMC’s Specialist Fee’s list, as from April 1st 2020, the price for Specialist Certification through the CESR CP route is £437.

You will not be able to submit your application without paying the above fee. If you withdraw your application, you may be eligible for a partial refund.


If you’re a doctor considering the CESR CP route and would like support relocating to the UK and finding a job that will support your specialist registration in the NHS, email your CV to [email protected] and we can support you on your relocation journey.

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References: 2020. Am I Eligible To Apply?. [online] Available at: [Accessed 28 April 2020]. 2020. Fees And Funding. [online] Available at: [Accessed 28 April 2020].


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