When do I need approval?

When and why is approval needed?

Approval is needed if you take up an out of programme training (OOPT), out of programme research (OOPR) or acting up consultant (AUC) post.

If you want this work to count towards your CCT or CESR/CEGPR (combined programme), we must approve this before you start the post.

This is a requirement of The Directive on Recognition of Professional Qualifications (the Directive).

You need the support of your postgraduate dean and an endorsement letter from your royal college or faculty to gain our approval.

Moves between deaneries or local education and training boards (LETBs) don’t always need our approval.

If the out of programme post is in a location we have approved for training and in the same specialty that you are working towards for a CCT or CESR/CEGPR (combined programme) in, then our approval isn’t needed. 

If the out of programme post isn’t in a location we have approved for training, or is in a different specialty, our approval is needed.

You can check our list of approved programmes and sites to see if a location is approved for training in your specialty.

When is our approval not needed?

  • If the out of programme post is not to count towards your CCT or CESR/CEGPR (combined programme)
  • If the out of programme post is in a location we have approved for training
  • If the out of programme post is in another European Economic Area (EEA) country – providing it is approved by that competent authority. You will need written confirmation from them. This applies to EEA and non-EEA nationals.

For each of these you must still get support from your postgraduate dean and they may also need endorsement from your royal college or faculty.

What happens if I or my LETB or deanery doesn’t get approval?

All of your training must have been prospectively approved by us.

If our approval is needed, and your LETB or deanery doesn’t get this, your out of programme can’t count towards your CCT or CESR/CEGPR (combined programme). This means your completion of training date is likely to be pushed back.

If you start an out of programme post and your LETB or deanery hasn’t applied for our approval we will not approve this retrospectively.