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Programme and site approvals

Deaneries and local offices must check that their training locations meet the standards set out in Promoting excellence.

These standards include providing appropriate supervision and opportunities to meet curriculum requirements. Deaneries must also check training locations to make sure they continue to meet our standards.

Doctors’ posts often cover a variety of different locations. This is more common in some specialties than in others. Deaneries and local offices therefore need to make sure training and assessment takes place in environments that meet our standards.

To view approved programmes or training sites by deanery or local office, please see our list of approved programmes and sites. We update this list on a fortnightly basis.

To view approved sites that have GMC conditions attached, please see our list of approved locations with conditions.

Training pathways pilots

We have approved the following training pathway pilots.

Child and adolescent psychiatry run through effective from August 2018 for three years in eleven regions: London, Yorkshire & Humber, North East, North West, Thames Valley, East of England, Kent, Surrey & Sussex, Wessex, East Midlands, Severn and the West Midlands.

Otolaryngology run through effective from August 2018 for three years in four regions: London, North West, Kent, Surrey & Sussex and West Midlands.

General surgery run through effective from August 2018 for three years in nine regions: East Midlands, East of England, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, South London, North West, South West, Yorkshire and Humber, Scotland and Wales.

To pilot a new run through or uncoupled training pathway, please see our guidance, and associated application form.

When is approval needed?
Approval must be applied for if the doctor in training is at the location for more than two sessions or one day per a week. You can check our list of approved programmes to see if a location has been approved.
What happens if a location is not approved?
If a location isn’t approved, the achievement of curricula outcomes should not count towards the award of a certificate of completion of training, certificate of eligibility for specialist training or certificate of eligibility for GP registration. This means the doctor’s completion of training date may be pushed back.