10th June 2016

A guide to CESR

Hospital doctors awarded with a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) or a Certification of Eligibility for Specialist/GP Registration (CESR/CEGPR) are listed onto a Specialist Register of the General Medical Council (GMC). The Specialist Registered doctors can practice medicine in an honorary, functional or a fixed term consultant positions in the NHS.

The Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR) is one way for doctors to get Specialist Registration with no approved training programme. Those doctors who have not followed approved GMC training programme but have the same level of skills and knowledge as CCT holders can apply for the CESR.

Following your successful application, you will be awarded with the CESR Certificate and an entry on to the GMC’s Specialist Register. The GMC will also decide that a doctor is eligible for the Specialist Register through the equivalence pathway.

Benefits of GMC’s Specialist Registration

  • Your specialist registration assures that you need no further training to practice independently and you are qualified to practice without supervisions. You are legally entitled to practice in any form of consultant positions.
  • In the medical profession, you will be recognised as a doctor who is fit to practice as a specialist and can apply for honorary, functional or fixed term consultant position.

Guidance on CESR and CEGPR application

First, find the relevant Royal College or Faculty based on your specialty of the registration. You will be asked of evidences in support for applying for the CESR and CEGPR.

Evidence for CESR/CEGPR applications

The GMC and the Royal College asks for the reflection of your training and experience as an evidence for CESR/CEGPR application. You must provide a hard copy or a documentary of true and accurate evidences during the application. Each document of the evidence must clearly refer your name.

Authenticate your Evidence

Authenticating is a confirmation to a genuine registration or qualification by a solicitor or an awarding body. It is usually a stamp, sign or a specific date. The GMC and the Royal College has denoted that some evidences must be authenticated. Such as:

  • Evidence of your overseas medical regulators registration
  • Qualifications gained overseas

They will ask to see the original registration or qualification to confirm and its copy for future references. Any evidences not correctly authenticated will not be acceptable and will be returned to the solicitor or awarding body.

Evidence validation

Someone with a medical supervisory position must validate all documents of your training and experience and your other job related documents. He/she must

  • Work at the hospital where the doctor’s training or experience took place
  • Be able to confirm that those documents are true and accurate

A solicitor or any admin staff cannot validate evidences, as they cannot confirm that those documents are a true reflection to your work. Validated documents must show:

  • The validator’s full name
  • The validator’s full job title
  • The validator’s original signature
  • The hospital stamp

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