The CESR through the Combined Programme (CP) route is for trainees who have:
- trained in both non-approved and approved training posts, and
- trained on a UK training programme for less than the minimum number of years required under EU legislation for your specialty.
This applies to you if you have either trained in non-approved post(s), or you entered an approved training programme above ST1/usual entry point, and you then completed the rest of the programme, and demonstrated the curricula competencies.
If eligible, please send your CESR (CP) application and supporting documents electronically via email only.All trainees have a maximum of 12 months to apply for their CCT or CESR through the Combined Programme (CP) route. Trainees who do not apply in time will only be eligible to apply for entry to the specialist register through the equivalence route of CESR and will no longer be eligible for a CCT or CESR (CP).
Policy change for issuing the CESR (CP) from 7 October 2020
Doctors who trained through the combined programme pathway were all originally issued with a CESR certificate. Now doctors on a combined programme who have completed the minimum amount of time training in the UK, or who are training in specialties for which there is no minimum training time, will be eligible for the award of a CCT.
Combined programme trainees who do not meet the minimum UK training time for their specialty will continue to be issued with a CESR.
You can ask for a CCT to be issued retrospectively if:
- you have previously been issued with a CESR through the combined programme route, because you trained in both non-approved and approved training posts, and
- you meet the eligibility for the minimum number of years required for your specialty, and
- you send a request to the GMC directly.
Please note that it is up to you to decide whether you wish to ask for your CESR to be converted to a CCT. There is no requirement for you to do so.