Requirements & Experience
Training programmes for general practice are now regulated by the General Medical Council (GMC) and are of 3 years duration. Satisfactory completion of this training leads to a CCT or Certificate of Completion of Training. Further details can be found on the GMC website as well as that of the Royal College of General Practitioners.
The 3 year programme must include:
- at least 12 months full time employment in general practice
- at least 12 months full time employment in hospital training posts approved for general practice
Several hospital posts are potentially eligible. These used to be divided into List A and List B posts, as below. The current guidance is that the training programme needs to be well balanced and include a reasonable range of experience. So, whilst List A and List B posts aren't formally recognised anymore, they still form a good basis on which to judge if an overall programme is well balanced.
3-12 months of the following, usually between 4 and 6 months
- Paediatrics or community paediatrics
- General medicine or geriatrics or dermatology or GU medicine or rehabilitation medicine
- Psychiatry or old age psychiatry
- Palliative medicine
The maximum period in any one of the "listed" specialties that can count towards the hospital component of the training programme is 12 months.
List B 6 months maximum in the following (providing the overall programme is balanced)
- cardiology or medical oncology or clinical oncology or gastroenterology or endocrinology and diabetes or haematology or nephrology or respiratory medicine or rheumatology or neurology or infectious diseases
- child and adolescent psychiatry or psychiatry of learning disability
- ophthalmology or ENT or ENT surgery or general surgery or paediatric surgery or urology or trauma and orthopaedic surgery
- Public Health medicine
For further information see the GMC website