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The experienced overseas GP route to certification in UK

Author: jcptgp, Posted on Thursday, July 15 @ 13:03:14 IST by RxPG  

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The "accelerated route".

The JCPTGP (Joint Committee on Postgraduate Training for General Practice in UK) has an accelerated route to certification. The criteria for entry to the accelerated route are that the applicant has:

At least five years, recent experience as a GP in a family medicine system similar to the NHS


Has, in the last seven years, satisfactorily completed a family medicine training programme in a system similar to the NHS


Is in possession of an EU certificate of specific training in general practice which is not recognised by the GMC because of third country nationality or PMQ.

At present all overseas doctors applying for the accelerated route must be:

Currently registered with the GMC


Eligible under the GMC’s current arrangements for immediate, full registration


Have recently passed Part 1 and/or Part 2 of GMC’s PLAB test

Applicants will be asked to complete and submit an application form and a cover sheet which asks a short series of questions about the primary healthcare system in which they have worked. On the basis of the information provided the Committee will decide if the application is to be processed in the normal way or be referred to the National GP Recruitment Office with a recommendation that the doctor be offered a period of induction and assessment as a GP Registrar to take place contemporaneously with the Joint Committee’s full formal assessment of the applicant’s training and experience.

Assessment of the applicant during the induction period will include, as a minimum, an assessment of consultation skills and a Summative Assessment Trainer’s Report. The induction will last a minimum of three months and a maximum to be defined by the needs of the individual. The local director will be responsible for assessing the individual’s learning needs, drawing up a learning plan and advising on the maximum length of induction required.

It is possible, but unlikely, that after making its formal assessment, the Joint Committee may overturn the deanery recommendation on the length of further training and the type of assessment required of the applicant.

It may take the Joint Committee longer to complete its assessment than it takes the applicant to complete the recommended period of induction. If this is the case, there may be a slight delay in the issue of the certificate.

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