CESR and CESR (CP)
Certificates of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR)
Certificates of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR) are an alternative route to the Specialist register for those doctors who have not followed a traditional training programme, but who may have gained the same level of skills and knowledge as CCT holders.
Applications for CESR evaluations will go through the General Medical Council (GMC) who have legal responsibility to assess eligible specialists who can demonstrate that they have either UK or overseas specialty training and/or specialist qualifications and meet specific criteria. The GMC will take into account any specialist medical experience or knowledge wherever obtained.
There are three different types of CESR applications:
- CESR in a CCT specialty
Doctors who wish to join the Specialist Register and have not followed a full GMC approved training programme can apply for a Certificate confirming Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR in a CCT specialty).
- CESR in a non-CCT specialty
Doctors who wish to join the Specialist Register after undertaking training outside the UK in a specialty not recognised by the GMC.
- CESR in Academic or Research Medicine
Doctors who wish to join the Specialist Register after following a career in academic medicine can apply for a CESR in Academic or Research Medicine. Eligibility criteria.
The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) will carry out an initial review and will make a recommendation to the GMC which will make a decision to confirm or reject recommendations and add successful candidates to the Specialist Register.
The GMC website contains specific guidance on applying for a CESR (please contact the GMC directly for information on application processes). FPH has also prepared guidance for those considering making an application in the specialty of public health, as listed below:
In May 2009 the PMETB (now subsumed into the GMC) launched the CESR Combined Programme (CESR CP) for specialty training. This route has been developed to provide flexibility to training programmes to enable trainees (with a medical background only) who have been appointed above ST1 level in specialty training to have experience and learning outcomes gained outside approved PH training posts to be taken into account and specialty training potentially shortened.
In order for a trainee to be eligible for the award of a CCT they must undertake posts and programmes approved by the GMC in public health. If trainees have been appointed above ST1 and have undertaken time in posts not approved by the GMC for public health then they will be eligible for a CESR (CP).
A policy document has been developed in line with the GMC guidance.