Applicants to the specialist lists who do not hold a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST) or recognised qualification from an EEA member state are potentially eligible to enter the specialist lists on the basis of academic and research work (otherwise known as "assessed application.")
If you have knowledge and experience derived from academic or research work in a particular specialty and consider that you do meet the requirements of the Regulations, you are able to apply to the Council for entry onto that specialist list. Your application and supporting evidence will be assessed by the Council's Assessment team, who will seek expert advice and recommendations as to your eligibility from a specialist assessment panel as appropriate.
For any inquiries, please contact the Council's Assessment team.
The ability to make an application based on academic or research work is intended to provide access to the specialist lists for those who do not hold a CCST or cannot access the specialist lists in any other way.
It is not essential to have completed a specific specialist training programme or qualification. The test is whether or not an applicant has acquired knowledge and experience in the relevant specialty through academic or research work which is equivalent to what the applicant might reasonably be expected to have acquired had they undertaken the training required for an award of a CCST in that specialty. If an applicant is of the view that they can demonstrate this, then they may wish to consider applying under this route. It should be clear how the evidence maps to the relevant specialty training curriculum outcomes.
For example, this route may be suitable for applicants who have undertaken training subsequent to a university postgraduate (e.g. master's level) degree, with evidence of high quality research and teaching. Applicants should provide evidence of any relevant formal postgraduate qualification(s) that they may hold.
This route may also be suitable for those applying on the basis that they have experience and knowledge in the specialty additional to that derived from clinical work.
Your application should include documentary evidence of your academic or research work which relates to the specialty in question, and maps to the relevant specialty training learning outcomes. Where possible, this should include:
You can also support your application by including:
These examples are not exhaustive and you may have further documentary evidence relating to the above matters that you wish to submit.
If any of these documents are not in English, they must be translated according to the Council's standards.