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CESR CP is now recognised as CCT

  • May 11, 2020

The GMC and BMA have now confirmed their decision to award CCT to Doctors studying in the UK, under the CESR CP training pathway. Whilst the pathways will remain the same in that CESR CP is for Doctors who have started their studies overseas and completed them in the UK, and CCT is for Doctors who complete all of their training in the UK, the certification on completion will be the same and viewed equally.

A GMC spokesperson stated:

 ‘We recognise that CCT can be seen as a more portable qualification outside the UK, but we are clear that there is equal value between a CESR-CP and a CCT.

Why does this matter and what does this actually mean?

If you are an international Doctor who wants to apply for a permanent Consultant position within the UK, you will need to have completed CCT, CESR-CP or CESR. These three routes differ dependant on the amount of training completing in the UK.

Whilst the UK considers all three of these pathways equivalent, CESR is often considered inferior to CCT by overseas authorities. This decision to grant all Doctors who complete the CESR CP pathway  CCT highlights the GMC’s recognition of the difficulty that international Doctors face when aiming to transfer their certification overseas.

When is this being put into place?

The change is due to take effect from the 18th May 2020.

What happens if I’ve already completed my CESR CP?

Doctors who already hold their CESR-CP certification will be eligible to apply to the GMC to be retrospectively granted CCT.


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