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Training Pathways

Welcome to the Training Pathways section. This part of the website is still under construction and we will be adding articles shortly. Please make use of the information and links below.

Visit the Resource Section or Recommended Books below.


You may find the following websites useful in your training-pathways journey. While we have provided a comprehensive list, we recognise it is not always complete. If you have any recommendations please let us know by getting in touch.

This part of the Health Educaiton England Specialty Training website provides a list of the different person specifications for each specialty.

This part of the Health Educaiton England Specialty Training website provides access to the different competition ratios for all specialties.

NIHR support the training of doctors and dentists in England to enable them to develop clinical academic careers. View their Integrated Academic Training and Fellowships Programmes.

The Savvy IMG provide a series of articles and resources for international doctors planning to start work in the UK.

Project Cutting Edge helps aspiring surgeons build happy, successful, lifelong careers. They strive to cultivate sustainable achievement and improve outcomes for patients and clinicians.

The training required to become a doctor can be different for everyone. The BMA have mapped out the medical training pathway to help guide you through the process.

This is an article by the BMA outlining their expertise and knowledge on training, GP workforce initiatives, appraisals and volunteering. They offer help whatever your career stage.

With so many things to consider, making a final decision about your medical specialty can be tough. The BMA have put together some top tips to guide your decision-making process.

Visit the JCST website for more information on the surgical recruitment process and how it is administered.

This webpage provides information on the ten surgical specialties and covers the type of work involved, working conditions, sub-specialisation and competition ratios.

Visit the JRCPTB webpage for information on the 30 medical specialties and three sub-specialties. Find information on the development of the new physician training pathway.

View the HEE GP recruitment section for information on the general practice specialty training, including academic and global health fellowships.

There are different types of registration applications available based on knowledge, skills and experience. This article explores the different types of registration.

Answer a series of questions to find out which application route you should take to join the Specialist Register or GP Register.

This webpage lists the minimum number of years you must have trained on a UK combined programme in order to be eligible for a CCT (for combined programme applicants).

Recommended Books

You may find the following books useful in your training-pathways journey. We recommend using as it supports independent bookshops and increases author royalties.

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