Training and development (CN)

This page provides useful information on the training and development for this specialty and also has tips for people at all stages of their training including medical school.

The approved postgraduate training programme for clinical neurophysiology is available from the GMC curriculum for clinical neurophysiology.

You will need to complete core training after your two-year foundation programme. Core training has a choice of three pathways:

Applicants for specialty training at ST3 should also hold the full MRCP (UK) or MRCPH. Not all applicants who meet the required standard to continue will necessarily be offered a post due to the level of competition.

Trainees can enter specialty training in clinical neurophysiology at ST3 level. Training takes a minimum of four years (ST3-6).

Trainees who wish to achieve a CCT in neurology as well as clinical neurophysiology must have applied for and successfully entered a training programme which was advertised openly as a dual training programme. Alternatively, trainees may apply in open competition for a post in the second specialty, having completed training in the first. If successful, the Specialist Advisory Committee would advise on how much time and competence from the first specialty training could be allowed towards the second. Normally trainees having successfully completed a training programme in neurology will require 2 further years in clinical neurophysiology to achieve dual CCT.

The JRCPTB has detailed information on the curriculum and assessment for clinical neurophysiology

Detailed entry requirements and all essential and desirable criteria are listed in the person specification 2017 for clinical neurophysiology ST3.

All 2017 person specifications can be found on the NHS specialty training website. Please note that these documents are updated every year in the autumn before the recruitment round opens.

This information is correct at the time of writing. Full and accurate details of training pathways are available from medical royal colleges, local education and training boards (LETBs) or the GMC.

Getting in tips

These tips will give you some ideas to add to your CV. Whether you're a medical student, foundation trainee or doing your core specialty training, there's information below to help you. 

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