If you are applying for full registration with a licence to practise you will need to prove that you have gained the experience necessary to practise as a fully registered medical practitioner in the UK.
To apply for full registration with a licence to practise you must have satisfactorily completed Year 1 of the Foundation programme (F1) in the UK, or a period of pre-graduate or postgraduate clinical experience outside the EEA. This period of clinical experience is usually referred to as an internship. You will need to provide details of your pre-graduate or postgraduate internship.
To be acceptable your internship must meet the criteria set out in either pattern A or B below:
A minimum of 12 months continuous medical practice in a training programme undertaken immediately prior or immediately following graduation, which includes:
- at least three months of practice in medicine and three months in surgery (for programmes between 12 and 18 month in duration) OR
- at least six months of practice in medicine and six months in surgery (for programmes of 18 months or longer)
In addition to pattern A above, your experience/internship must meet the following:
The programme must be satisfactorily completed and must be an approved training post. Honorary posts are not acceptable.
Pre-graduate programmes that start outside the final year of study will be considered, providing the programme does not all take place before the final year. We will require verification from authorities overseeing training programmes where the programme otherwise meets our minimum standards but has been completed before the final year because of a requirement to undertake national service. Postgraduate programmes completed more than two years after graduation will require referral to an Assistant Registrar.
All periods of practice must be continuous, uninterrupted internship rotations (or equivalent) completed as part of the training programme and posts which involve observation, such as clinical attachments, shadowing, observerships and clerkships, rather than active medical practice with direct patient contact, are not acceptable.
You cannot be absent for more than 20 days in any 12 month period (in addition to annual leave, which can be up to 5 weeks).
The first 12 months of your practice should otherwise be uninterrupted with a maximum break thereafter of no more than 12 months before returning to complete the programme. The entire programme must involve regular educational and clinical supervision, and confirmation of satisfactory completion of the programme - this can be in the form of a certificate or document which details all of your rotations and confirms the programme was completed satisfactorily. All breaks after the first 12 months must be authorised by the authority overseeing the training programme. Breaks taken for reasons other than the pursuit of medical – related education, training or experience, or contractual maternity/paternity leave will require referral to an Assistant Registrar.
The date of issue of the certificate or document confirming successful completion of the programme must match the date the programme ended.
A minimum of two years continuous postgraduate medical practice in at least two branches of medicine and two branches of surgery. The post graduate medical experience has to have been undertaken in a public hospital that meets the standards for regulation within its jurisdiction and has established supervision, safety and governance systems in place.
In addition to pattern B above, your experience/internship must meet the following:
Your practice must include a minimum of three months continuous, uninterrupted practice in each of the two branches of medicine and surgery.
You cannot be absent for more than 20 days in any 12 month period (in addition to annual leave, which can be up to 5 weeks). All breaks after the first 12 months must be authorised by employing organisation. Breaks taken for reasons other than the pursuit of medical – related education, training or experience, or contractual maternity/paternity leave will require referral to an Assistant Registrar.
The first 12 months of your practice should otherwise be uninterrupted with a maximum break thereafter of no more than 12 months before returning to medical practice.
Your postgraduate medical practice must be completed under supervision and confirmation of satisfactory completion provided by your supervising consultant(s).
Whether your training/ experience is acceptable will be decided at the point of dealing with an application for registration. The information on this page is subject to change. You are advised to check these pages regularly for up to date information. Any application for full registration will be assessed in line with the legislation, procedures and criteria in place at the time such an application is received.