At HEIW we are keen that SAS doctors have further access to the right advice particularly if they are considering embarking upon the CESR route to specialist registration.
As a consequence of this, we have developed a network of doctors across Wales who have achieved specialist registration through this route. We have also developed a CESR advice helpline so that doctors considering this route can contact us and obtain advice and guidance from doctors in their specialty who have achieved specialist registration via CESR.
If you would like to contact us for further advice, and one of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.
Unfortunately, our HEIW CESR advice helpline does not extend to HEIW funding your CESR application
CESR is a route for Doctors who wish to join the Specialist Register, whose specialist training, qualifications or experience (clinical and non-clinical) was partly or completely acquired outside of an approved CCT programme in the UK. It is equivalent to a CCT and certifies that the recipient has all the competences defined in the CCT curriculum, and so is eligible for admission to the Specialist Register. This can be obtained in the CCT Speciality, Non CCT speciality and Academic or Research Medicine. Most SAS doctors tend to apply for CCT Speciality.
You must have either a specialist qualification in the specialty you are applying in or at least six months continuous specialist training in the specialty you are applying in.
You must have either a specialist medical qualification from outside the UK in any non-CCT specialty or at least six months continuous specialist training outside the UK in any non-CCT specialty.
Period: GMC normally assesses each application and provides an outcome within 6 months of submission but you need to take your time with the application and this can take approximately 2 years of planning. You will need to make sure that all the evidence you submit is relevant and demonstrates current level of competency.
Evidence showing registration with overseas medical regulators or qualifications gained outside the UK have to be authenticated by a solicitor or from the overseas awarding body. (You will still need to have this stamped, signed and dated).
Remember to anonymise all patient information and personal information about colleagues (e.g. names, addresses, NHS numbers, GMC numbers or email addresses) whom you have assessed or written a reference for. Use white eraser ink to anonymise all evidence. The GMC will omit evidence that is not anonymised and can inform the Royal College. CAREFULLY CHECK EVERY WORD OF EACH DOCUMENT YOU HAVE PROVIDED. Several of the curriculum including the surgical speciality have moved away from the four domains in light of the curriculum updates recently.
Please view this video of a CESR Seminar run by HEIW including officers from the General Medical Council. It includes:
HEIW’s CESR support plan
Top tips when Applying for CESR
My journey through CESR (presentations from Dr Glenda Hill and Mr Parin Shah)
The application process
Breakout sessions, and question and answer sessions facilitated by the GMC