Training and development (CPT)

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 pharmacology and therapeutics is available from the GMC curriculum for clinical pharmacology and therapeutics.

The full training programme for clinical pharmacology and therapeutics lasts a minimum of six years. Selection takes place before entry to ST1 (after the foundation programme) and again before entry to ST3.

The main training pathways at ST1 for clinical pharmacology and therapeutics are:

Acquisition of full Membership of the Royal College of Physicians, MRCP (UK) is required before entry into specialty training at ST3 if the trainee has undertaken CMT or ACCS as a core training programme.

CPT has four training pathways at ST3 level each lasting a minimum of four years:

Successful completion of specialty training (ST3-6) will enable you to gain a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) and to be registered on the Specialist Register in clinical pharmacology and therapeutics.

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

Stroke medicine is a subspecialty training programme open to clinical pharmacology and therapeutics trainees. Trainees should express an interest in stroke training before their final year so that the first year of stroke training can be integrated into their main specialty training. A second year of advanced stroke medicine training is required to reach the level required of consultants. Entry to stroke training is by competitive interview. Currently, there are two to three candidates for every post.

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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