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Minimum UK training time for each specialty

If your training consists of both non-approved and approved training posts, then you have trained on a combined programme.

The table below lists the minimum number of years you must have trained on a UK combined programme in order to be eligible for a CCT for each specialty.

Specialties with a minimum training time

If you meet the minimum training time, then you may be eligible for a CCT.

If you have not trained in UK approved training posts for the minimum number of years stated below you can only apply for a CESR/CEGPR.

Specialties without a minimum training time

These are specialties where the minimum training time is listed as ‘No minimum’. If you have completed a combined programme in one of these specialties, you will be eligible for a CCT.

 
Specialty Minimum training time in UK
Acute internal medicine
No minimum
Allergy
No minimum
Anaesthetics
3 years
Audio vestibular medicine
No minimum
Aviation and space medicine
4 years
Cardiology
4 years
Cardio-thoracic surgery (also known as thoracic surgery)
5 years
Chemical pathology
4 years
Child and adolescent psychiatry 4 years
Clinical genetics
4 years
Clinical neurophysiology
4 years
Clinical oncology
4 years
Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics
4 years
Clinical radiology
4 years
Community sexual health and reproduction
No minimum
Dermatology
4 years
Diagnostic neuropathology
No minimum
Emergency medicine (also known as accident and emergency medicine)
5 years
Endocrinology and diabetes mellitus
3 years
Forensic histopathology
No minimum
Forensic psychiatry
No minimum
Gastro-enterology
4 years
General (internal) medicine
5 years
General Practice
3 years
General psychiatry
4 years
General surgery
5 years
Genito-urinary medicine
4 years
Geriatric medicine
4 years
Haematology
3 years
Histopathology
4 years
Immunology
4 years
Infectious diseases
4 years
Intensive care medicine
No minimum
Medical microbiology (listed in Annex V as Medical microbiology and virology)
4 years
Medical oncology
5 years
Medical ophthalmology
No minimum
Medical psychotherapy
No minimum
Medical virology (listed in Annex V as Medical microbiology and virology)
4 years
Neurology
4 years
Neurosurgery
5 years
Nuclear medicine
4 years
Obstetrics and gynaecology
4 years
Occupational medicine
4 years
Old age psychiatry
No minimum
Ophthalmology
3 years
Oral and maxillo-facial surgery
4 years
Otolaryngology
3 years
Paediatric and perinatal pathology
No minimum
Paediatric cardiology
No minimum
Paediatric surgery
5 years
Paediatrics
4 years
Palliative medicine
No minimum
Pharmaceutical medicine
No minimum
Plastic surgery
5 years
Psychiatry of learning disability
No minimum
Public health medicine
4 years
Rehabilitation medicine
No minimum
Renal medicine
4 years
Respiratory medicine
4 years
Rheumatology
4 years
Sport and exercise medicine
No minimum
Trauma and orthopaedic surgery
5 years
Tropical medicine
4 years
Urology
5 years
Vascular surgery
5 years