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Specialty including GP training

Specialty training, which includes training in general practice, is the period of training after the foundation programme. It gives doctors in training experience in a particular area of medicine.

Doctors in specialty training are responsible for caring for patients under the supervision of more experienced doctors and other healthcare professionals.

Their supervision will reduce as they progress through specialty training and become more experienced.

After finishing specialty training, doctors are awarded a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) which allows them to apply to our specialist register.

Promoting excellence: standards for medical education and training sets out the standards that all specialty training providers must meet.

Specialty and GP curricula

We approve the curricula for specialty training against our standards Excellence by design: standards for postgraduate curricula. Find out about the processes for approving curricula and see a list of speciality and sub-speciality curricula that we have approved in our Approving curricula and assessments section.