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Approved programmes and sites

We approve specialty and sub-specialty medical education programmes and training sites.

To do this, we ask local education and training boards (LETBs) and deaneries to provide information on programmes and sites that need to be approved, re-approved or withdrawn.

We then publish the list of approved programmes and sites by deanery/LETB on this website.


View the list of programmes and sites

To view approved programmes or training sites by deanery or LETB, please see the list of approved programmes and sites (Excel).

We update the list on a fortnightly basis.

Why do we publish the list?

We feel it’s important to publish this information because it increases public transparency and promotes the importance of prospective programme and site approval. If a doctor in training is not in a GMC approved programme or location, they may not be eligible to receive a certificate of completion of training (CCT).

It is also our statutory duty to publish this information, as outlined in the Medical Act 1983 and the European Union Directive 2005/36/EC.

Frequently asked questions

1. If you publish incorrect information about a programme or site, how do I get it changed?

Please inform your deanery or local education training board, who are responsible for keeping their records with us accurate. Once we receive notification of the changes, we follow our approval processes and when approved, we will amend our records and this will be reflected on the website in our next update.

2. How often will the list be updated?

The list will be update fortnightly.

3. I am a doctor in training and the site where I am due to rotate into is not on the approved programmes and sites list, what should I do?

Please contact your deanery or local education training board in the first instance. Our webpage is updated on a fortnightly basis, so if the site was recently approved then it may not have been added to our webpage yet, however your deanery or local education training board should be able to check its approval status for you. We approve at Trust and local education provider (LEP) level and so it is important that before you contact your deanery or local education training board that you check if your site is a sub-site of an approved LEP. If it is then your location already has approval but we have not listed to that level.

4. What do I do if I am a doctor in training and the site where I work is not on the list?

In order for any time in a training site to count towards your CCT, the location must be approved by the GMC before you start work there. It is essential that you do not start work at a site that is not approved.

5. I have concerns about a training programme at a specific site, what should I do?

If you have any concerns about any of the programmes or sites on the list, then please let your deanery or local education training board.

6. Do sites for out of programme training (OOPT) need to be approved and on the list?

Please see our out of programme (OOP) pages.

7. Do branch GP surgeries need approval?

No, GMC approval is given at Trust and local education provider (LEP) level as we are assured through our approvals and quality assurance processes that the LEP (including component sites such as branch surgeries), when grouped with the other sites on a programme, deliver the GMC approved curriculum sites

8. I am only at a training site for a small part of my week, does it need to be approved ?

GMC approval is given at Trust and local education provider level. We do not therefore expect to approve at the micro level where you are spending a portion of your training. As a rule of thumb we would say anytime of two sessions or less do not need to have separate approval.

9. I am a doctor in training doing a Training Interface Group (TIG) Fellowship; does this need separate programme approval?

No, TIGs are covered by approval of the parent specialty programme(s). What this means is that providing any site is approved for the specialty in which you are training for a CCT then any time spent there can count towards your training. If it is not approved for your CCT specialty then you may need to seek prospective OOPT approval, please see our out of programme approval web pages.

10. I am a doctor in training undertaking dual training, how does this affect me?

You will need to ensure that all of the sites where you undertake training are approved for both of the specialties of your dual training. This is because we do not recognise dual programmes as a single entity, rather we recognise each individual specialty programme and how competences are shared when dual training is undertaken. You can find more information on dual training on our Dual CCT page.

11. I am a doctor currently training in a sub-specialty programme, do the sites where I am undertaking this training need to be approved if they are already approved for my parent CCT specialty?

Yes, we approve sub-specialties independently of their parent specialty(ies). The process for this is the same as approving the main specialty, so if you do not see your site in the list then please follow the steps in FAQ two and three above.

Please note: sub-specialty approval needs to recognise the difference between a sub-specialty training post and sub-specialty training undertaken as part of a main specialty programme.

To illustrate this difference, a doctor in training can be in a Stroke medicine post which forms part of an approved Geriatric medicine programme, but this post does not have to be approved as part of a Stroke medicine sub-specialty programme if this post is used to provide the Stroke medicine training of the Geriatric medicine programme.

However if the training provided at this site is to be recognised as part of Stroke medicine sub-specialty training, then this post will additionally require prospective approval for Stroke medicine sub-specialty training.
Furthermore a doctor in training who is in a Stroke sub-specialty approved training post does not necessarily mean that the doctor in training is on a stroke sub-specialty training programme.

More information on the approval of sub-specialties can be found on the sub-specialty page.

12. I am in sub-specialty training that runs in parallel with my CCT training, what should my location be approved for?

Each sites needs to be approved for both your parent CCT specialty and also for the sub-specialty.